Once you have gone through the motions to select the right architect and other consultants you need to make preparations for them to start work.
This initial preparation is an important part of the project process.
If things start off on the wrong foot your project could be riddled with issues.
As an experienced architectural and interior designer in East London here are the four things I believe you should do in preparation for an architect or interior designer to start.
1) Have A Clear Goal In Mind:
Having clear goals and objectives in mind when you start your project means you will be able to put things in place to make it a success.
Think about what you want to achieve and why you are carrying out the work.
Are you improving your home because it’s a more viable and less expensive alternative to moving?
2) Think About Your Budget:
Many homeowners start their home improvement and renovation projects with an idea of what they want but no budget in mind.
While homes in East London, particularly in the Leytonstone and Leyton area, are short of space, the costs of improvements can skyrocket if you aren’t careful.
Having a budget means you know where the limit is, and it means your architect can advise so you spend your money in the most effective places.
When you start your project be sure to share your budget with your architect or interior designer. If they know what your budget is from the outset they will be able to craft their design around it.
3) Start Collecting Images:
With your goals and budget in mind you can now start collecting images of the kinds of things you would like to see in your design.
Where homeowners used to look through home improvement magazines, nowadays people look online for these images.
Using platforms like Pinterest and Homify mean you are also able to take a look at hundreds of different projects in one place.
4) Gain As Much Information As Your Can:
Collecting images is just the start of your initial research.
Once you have an idea of the overall design you would like you can now start to think of the products and materials that you will use.
While the internet is good for initial research into products and materials, there is no substitute to actually feeling the products.
Attending a trade show while you are looking for ideas will provide the touch and feel experience that you don’t get when you research designs and materials on the internet.
Finding one of these trade shows should not be difficult either- there are lots of exhibitions held throughout the year, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to attend one.
However, one downside to a tradeshow is that you have salesmen trying to sell you their products, so before going along take a look at customer reviews online so you can see how these materials work in practice before deciding which ones interest you the most.
Don’t forget your local High Street merchants. Often these can be important and easily accessible sources who are quick to offer a discount on product orders.
When you are looking to make improvements to your home it can be a stressful process, but after over 35 years in the industry I have learned a number of different tricks of the trade.
I’ve created a free report with these top tips for you, and you can download it here now.