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Rebecca Abraham Design

I like clients who are at least managers. That means that they are invested in the project. However in the design process, there needs to be some level of trust in what the designer/architect is proposing, with an open mind. After all, that is why they hired us.It does not mean that there can't be, and should be, an interactive process. I agree that the client's role should be established early on so that expectations are clear. Some clients want to play contractor and some want the designer to take over. In either case, communication is key in keeping the client informed on all aspects of the project. You don't want any surprises or bad feelings.

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dreamdoctor

Balance and respect makes it work.

   
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Webado Webada

A little anecdote.

About 20 years ago we hired an elderly man to paint all the rooms in our house, after my husband and kids tried to paint the basement and made a hash of it. I won't go into the details of that.

After a bit of squabbling with the painter over the paint color (I wanted all white, he wanted to get creative with colors), he reluctantly agreed to paint all in white, but would grumble all along that he wanted to give us something lovely and we picked WHITE!

While the man was painting, my husband, who happened to be at home (I think we were both on a staycation at the time), was following the painter everywhere, watching his every move.

At one point, when he was perched on a ladder, he snapped at my husband: "Either you pick up a brush and paint, or stay out of my way!" Hubby was miffed but I found it very funny because indeed he tends to hover over anybody who's working on anything, either giving unwanted advice or criticism, yet not helping.

The house painting was completed in 2-3 days and hubby stayed in his den or the kitchen for the duration, huffing and puffing that the man was surely doing who knew what disaster. I pointed out to him that he couldn't do a bigger disaster than he'd done in the basement himself, which didn't improve his mood any.

The saving grace was that the cost of this contracted work was very reasonable, and the end result was good too.

   

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