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  • Writer's picturePriya McCulloch

Yes, You Need an Interior Designer for Your New Build

Planning the interior of your home is the most important factor when planning your new home build. This is where you’ll be spending the most time, after all—inside! But you, like many other people in the process of building their dream home, might have some questions about whether or not you should work with an interior designer. “What is the process?” “How much does it cost?” “Who is the right person for me?” “And where do I even start my search?”

The right interior designer is more than just a person with good design sense and an eye for the perfect throw pillow. A good interior designer is a good listener, has a degree and training in interior design, and years of expertise to manage all the elements that need to come together to make your home yours, including collaborating with contractors and architects.

Here are some ways your interior designer will help bring your vision for your new build to life:

Savings in Time and Money

You’re probably wondering if hiring a designer is really worth the investment. And the answer is, without a doubt, yes. Your designer will help you stay within your budget and ensure that your money goes as far as possible to bring your vision to life. You tell your designer how much you can spend, then they will do all the leg work to make sure you get the best value. You will get a high quality, well thought out home to enjoy.

They also save you costly mistakes and time. Get an interior designer involved as early as possible and you’ll save the time and effort it takes to figure it out yourself. This way, there is no slowing down the build schedule while you try to educate and train yourself on all the infinite options (not to mention the Houzz and Pinterest overload). There are so many minute decisions that need to be made on a schedule. Your designer will have interior drawings that lay out all the details for your new build’s planning process. They will also help you visualize the space with 3D renderings so any tweaks can be made on the plans ahead of time (and so that you can get a sneak peek at what your home will look like!).

Getting it right the first time saves you money, and makes sure there are no delays in getting you moved into your new home!

Exclusive Access to One-of-a-Kind Materials

You’re creating a new build, so why would you want your custom home to be styled with mass-produced items that anyone can find at the store?

Interior designers have access to materials and furnishings that are not available to the public. These are trade-only sources for everything from furniture and fabric to lighting and hardware, and your designer has the insider access to these exclusive items. So if you’ve been dreaming of a sofa in a certain style with a certain fabric and just can’t find it anywhere, your designer can make it happen. They can create bespoke furnishings and design elements, so you’ll have a home that has been curated just for you.

That Special Something

People who have built their home without a designer say that their choices and selections could’ve been better, more cohesive and more interesting if they had hired a designer. Besides the finishes there are also interior architectural details, skylights, custom millwork, built-ins, cabinetry, ceiling treatments, lighting, window treatments, hardware, and overall layout. All that to say, there’s a lot to consider when building your home. Bringing it all together is no easy feat, and truly great spaces are carefully explored, planned, and curated by professionals. Professionally-designed spaces don’t just look beautiful to the eye, they create an experience.

There’s something about a well-designed home that gets people’s attention and makes them want to spend time there. Your designer has the insight to see both the bigger vision and the subtle details that will come together to make your dream home a reality.

A Home that is Yours

When it comes down to it, when you hire an interior designer, you are entrusting someone with a huge part of your life—your home. Trust is key when working with a designer, and the best designers take the time to get to know you and your family as people, not just as clients. This is not just a house, this is building for your personal lifestyle and how you are going to live in each of the spaces. Working alongside your architect and builder, a designer is an essential and valuable part of the team who acts as your advocate, bringing years of knowledge in interior design and championing your vision.

And when they’re done, you’ll get to move into a home that is beautiful and cohesive, highly functional and uniquely yours.


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