Are Design Services Ever Really Free?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Home Staging | 0 comments

Is there a free lunch? Probably not. Beware of designers offering “FREE” design services. If a designer is selling you a product, be it cabinets, furnishings or architectural finishes, chances are, that they are burying a hefty mark-up in providing those products.

Conversely, there are designers who rely on their expertise and experience in design to provide a transparent contract. When working with a designer, ask for a proposal which outlines the scope of work and the design product that they will be providing. This scope should clarify exactly what the deliverables will be and outlines how the designer works. That includes not only the design services but designer discounts on products that may be passed onto you, the consumer.

It’s really up to you to do your homework. Ask questions. Don’t assume that anything is free. Ask your designer what their mark-up will be on the products that will be provided.

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Timing Your Remodel

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Home Staging | 0 comments

Most people planning a home remodel usually think about starting this process in the spring. It makes sense after the holidays and family gatherings. Construction flows better in warm weather. IMG_5238However, contractors get busy, projects get delayed, city planning gets backed up, engineering may be 2 months out, and the project may take longer because of all the delays.
Lets step back and think about this in a different way.Contractors generally slow down in the winter. Their bids may become more competitive as work slows down. Maybe you are going away for the holidays and not having to entertain. If this is your scenario, why not consider starting your home remodel in the late fall or early winter when contractors are more readily available and need to keep their crews going. It’s a great time to be busy with a project, especially if you live where I do when the weather turns to the worse at Halloween without fail.
Depending on the size of your project, it is foreseeable to have your project complete before the holidays.

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Complete renovation in the forest

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Home Staging | 0 comments

This home has been vacant for a number of years and will be completely renovated inside and out. The exterior and interior design is complete and construction has begun. This includes an 800 sq foot addition for a master bedroom/bath on the main level and additional bedroom below. The guest suite is complete with private outside entrance, bath and kitchenette.The design direction for this mid-century home is asian inspired.Stay tuned for progress photos.
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Putting the finishing touches on new construction in Alberta Arts

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Home Staging | 0 comments

IMG_5264IMG_5238Just a quick update on the Alberta Arts spec home still under construction, located in a walkable, hip neighborhood. Days away from countertops, lighting, cabinet hardware and carpet installation. The 3500 sq ft home has an ADU over the garage with a separate entrance.The goal for this project was to create a timeless design that appeals to a broad buyer base. Stay tuned for final photos.

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Design/Build- Are They Really Designers?

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Home Staging | 0 comments

Design/build is a service that seems to be popping up more and more. It typically means that a contractor offers design services along with construction.There may be a “designer” on staff but more times than not the contractor is the designer.My experience has been that contractors are not designers. They may have taken my ‘Introduction to Design’ class when I taught design at the college level and put out their “designer” shingle. Unfortunately there is no licensing for designers in the state of Oregon. As a result ANYONE can call themselves a designer. Consumer beware!. You get what you pay for. Ask your contractor/designer for examples of his work and references.

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Can We Remodel Our Kitchen in 2 weeks? Realistic Expectations

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Home Staging | 0 comments

Have you been drinking the HGTV kool-aid? You probably can’t remodel a kitchen in two weeks but it depends on the scope of the project. If you are just replacing the counter…maybe. If you are gutting it and moving plumbing…absolutely not.

If you have never remodeled you would not understand the construction timeline, let alone the design process.If you have a good contractor and designer they will tell you up front what to expect.Yes, it can be a painful project if you are living in your home while it is under construction. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you know up front what will be coming down the turn pike.Be patient, ask questions, and the end result will be your your reward.16367-02216367-03416367-040

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To DIY or Not DIY? Hiring a Designer

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Home Staging | 0 comments

Gee, doesn’t HGTV make it look easy. It may be easy if you have experience in remodeling. So here are a few pitfalls of DYI.
1. What does that little paint chip that you are looking at under fluorescent light in the store really look like in a whole room at home?
2. What is the difference in carpet fibers and construction. Why does it matter if you are going to live in your house for 1 more year or 15 years?
3. You really like this sample of granite that you picked up from the design store but it is such a small piece. Will the whole countertop look like this?
4. You have a small budget and need new shower tiles. How much do things cost and where should you start looking.
5. You have been working on your remodel for 6 months and you and your husband can’t decide on anything.
6. You thought the project would take 2 weeks and now it is going on 4 months. What happened?

Working with a designer may seem like an expensive proposition but any professional designer with experience should be able to save you time and money with their expertise. Contractors love working with designers when they produce construction documents that tell them how to build.Stop spinning your wheels and bite the bullet. You’ll be glad you hired a designer.
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It Will Still be “Your” Project

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Home Staging | 0 comments

Lake Oswego Master bath Remodel

Lake Oswego Master bath Remodel

Lake Oswego Master bath Remodel

Lake Oswego Master bath Remodel

I recently spoke with a client , whom I have worked with on architectural projects and who happens to be a male. He and his wife are remodeling their master bath. He suggested to his wife that they get me involved with their project. She immediately said to him that “this is my project” and dismissed the idea.

I work well with all of my clients, especially women, because my process is very interactive.I don’t push design ideas on any of my clients however I do guide them through the myriad of decision making details that result not only in a successful, beautiful end result, but helps them finish the project in a timely manner and within budget.

So if the thought of working with an interior designer is scary because you think your thoughts will not be valid, then you are working with the wrong person.Research the designers style very carefully and ask for references.

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