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21 Reviews for Designs By Gia Interior Design and Renovation
Had we been hired for the overall design of this project, we would have had the ability to go through the proper design process of creating a design, viewing samples, and helping this client to create the look that she is desiring. All of this should be done before construction begins. Great design requires a great deal of planning, time, preparation, and communication between client and design professional.
For this particular project, we were only hired to come up with some tile samples that we would recommend for her project. The client was going to decide and plan her own layout for the tile. This project was already under construction and already nearing the tile stage. With all of the other elements already chosen by the client we could see that this client designed herself into a corner and I did try to help her with the few hours that she invested with our service. We did offer to do some layout drawings as well but the client declined this service. Had we gotten some productive feedback on the tile selection, we definitely could have continued this process to help this client find something that she liked and that would work with her existing selections, however the client advised that she was looking elsewhere for design help.
I did reach out to the client once again to offer assistance as an unhappy client is rare for us and I real know that if she was willing to continue the process, we could have helped this client with her design issues.
As a design professional with 17+ years of experience and many happy clients,
here are some tips for anyone looking to start a large construction or renovation project:
1-Planning is key- the time to make all of the material selections for a project is well before the construction of a project begins. This will let you work out all your ideas on paper instead of on your home where it is more expensive to correct those mistakes.
2-Invest in a professional designer with experience in designing and managing a large project, invest the time and cost involved in these services and discuss all of your ideas with your designer and consider their advice, as their only goal is to make your home right for you and your family.
3-There is a certain order in which design decisions are made: for instance, paint colors are always chosen last in any project. Building materials, tile, large design elements, fabrics and other selections should be chosen and then and paint colors can be selected to complement these selections. When your paint color goes on first, you now have to find other elements that have this paint color's undertones. This is where a lot of people stop and get very frustrated. When being lead by a professional, this process is such easier and it allows the client to really get the desired results for their project.
You can find more design tips on our blog at www.designsbygia.com.