Today we’re excited to have a guest post by designer Jessica Cook who works regularly with us at Excel Builders. Jessica shares her expertise on the role a designer can play when starting your building or remodeling project.
From Jessica --
A homeowner preparing to remodel generally knows what they like and what they don’t like, even if they can’t articulate it well. Maybe you feel the same way! So if you already know what you like, why work with a designer? Here are a variety of reasons that using an interior designer for your next remodeling project may prove more beneficial than you initially thought:
1) Many showrooms are vast and overwhelming. This can be intimidating. Taking a professional along to navigate the aisles and provide input on brands is not only reassuring, it can help you save precious time and potentially money too.
2) Having a second opinion is invaluable! Even in those moments when you think you know what you like, a reassuring vote of approval is much appreciated. This will keep the process moving quickly and leave you with a feeling of confidence.
3) Sometimes what you want isn't what you need. It's possible that the wood finish or accent you like are unknowingly not a good fit with the product or application you're using. Or perhaps your preferred finish is out of your price range and you need an affordable alternative. An expert can steer you in the right direction, help you avoid expensive and timely mishaps, and make sure you select complimentary products and finishes while keeping your costs down.
These are three great reasons to consider using a designer in your next remodeling project, not to mention the valuable guidance they will provide in helping you create a plan and a vision for your home.
I personally enjoy helping clients discover their own “style.” I help gently mold their vision without excessively imposing my opinions on the projects design. I take pride in the fact that all of my projects don’t look the same, instead reflecting the client. Each project evolves organically, and I help it grow in the right direction. When the client walks in and points to a tile or a light fixture and says “I love that!” then I know we have our starting point, our building block. It is an exciting, collaborative process. Through much communication and idea sharing, the end product is reflective of my client’s personality and style, yet refined by a designer’s eye.
Jessica Cook, owner of J.L.C. Remodel Consulting and Interior Design, LLC, can be reached at 952.994.1124. She works with homeowners across the Twin Cities.