When to bring the professionals in

When to bring the professionals in

Renovations

You’ve decided to take the plunge and make some structural changes to your home, redo a bathroom or overhaul your kitchen…
 
There are countless online tutorials, blogs and websites that offer DIY advice and “How-To’s” that will help you along your renovation journey. However, these are, more often international websites and don’t offer the crucial, specialised advice that you need. This is the time to bring in the professionals!

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Interior designer

A designer offers an “outsiders” perspective on your project and along with their expertise, they can save you a lot of time and money. Designers have a network of suppliers and contractors that are tried and tested, so there is no need to try out a contractor your friend referred, only to be let down and have to start over.
 
A designer will help put your ideas into action, give you a presentation of the end product and help you choose the right products and finishes. This is a smart way to work as you can be creative and collaborate with your designer, who will help you achieve your end look.
 

Architect

If your plans require structural renovations and affect the exterior of your home, you will have to get an architect on board. Architects work alongside an interior designer to ensure the interior and structural changes required during your renovation will reflect the best exterior of your home. They will also provide the working drawings for the municipality to approve and your building team to work from.

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The most important thing to remember when bringing the professionals in, is to choose from good references and word of mouth. The more good experiences they have had with clients, the more your experience with them is guaranteed to go well.
 
Also remember to express your dreams and hopes for your home in as much detail as possible so your designer can get an informed starting point from which to work.