So, you’ve decided to begin the journey of a remodeling project. First: Congratulations! That’s a big decision, one that’s never taken lightly. Second: We’re guessing you have some questions.
Most of our clients spend months, if not years, considering a remodeling project before officially tackling it. All remodeling projects—from a full home renovation to a guest bathroom—involve lots of people, materials, and coordination. Our clients always have a lot of questions about the remodeling process, especially at the beginning. These range from the practical—How do I live without a kitchen? —to the subjective—Do these colors go together?
Our designers want the entire process to be as comfortable as possible. We’ll take the time to answer your questions, address your fears, and look forward to the joy of a new space with you! Of course, not all designers are the same. It’s important to find a person you click with, since you’ll be spending a lot of time and making some important decisions together!
Here are some important questions to ask a designer before beginning your own remodeling project.
There’s no hard-and-fast answer to a remodeling timeline. Project completion depends on everything from the time of year, to material availability, to how fast a client can make decisions! Things are even more complex these days with the stress of global supply chains. It’s best to ask your designer this question at the beginning of the process, especially if you have a hard deadline. They’ll have a good idea at your first meeting on timelines for material and labor, as well as how long similar projects are taking at that time.
Can I see your past projects?
Most designers have a portfolio of completed projects. Taking a look at their past designs can give you a feel for their style and the type of projects they’ve worked with before. Understanding who your designer is and the type of work they’ve done can help you understand if they’re a good fit for you and your home. You might even get ideas for your own remodel after seeing their portfolio.
What is your process?
Getting a feel for a designer’s process can answer a lot of questions upfront. Knowing more about their process can give you an idea of a project’s timeframe, how often you’ll be meeting, and what pieces of the project you’re each responsible for. A designer with a clear process is probably a designer who’s good with communication—an important key to a successful remodel.
Is my budget realistic for my project?
Every project has a budget and that number influences much of the decision-making process. Before heading down a specific path, you should make clear your budget, design style, and budget priorities to ensure everyone’s resources are being utilized wisely. If adjustments need to be made to the project, it’s best for everyone involved to know that at the start, instead of several weeks, months, or design iterations down the road.
What kind of timeline can I expect?
What do you see in my space?
You probably have ideas for your remodeling project—our designers love to see Pinterest boards and Houzz idea books to help envision a remodeling project! Your designer also brings a professional, outside eye to your space. They’ll help execute your ideas in the best way possible as well as integrate their own. And if you don’t have many ideas yourself? That’s what our designers are here for!
How do I manage during the renovation?
All remodels involve some level of disruption to your life. An entire floor or full kitchen can be a big inconvenience, but so can a regularly used bathroom. Our designers have been through this with clients dozens of times before. They’ll have some practical tips to help you survive while a portion of your home is torn up for weeks or months at a time.
You likely have more questions than this. That’s why your first meeting with a designer is so important to the success of the entire project. If you’re still in the fact-finding phase of the remodeling process, we invite you to check out our other posts related to starting a remodeling project: 5 Reasons To Work With a Kitchen Designer and Things To Know Before Remodeling a Kitchen.