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Why Engage a Home Remodeling Designer Early

In lieu of purchasing a new home to meet the family’s changing needs, it is common for homeowners to simply remodel in order to save money and prevent the headache of house hunting. What many homeowners don’t realize, however, is that when planning a home remodel design, it’s best to get your home remodeling designers involved as early as possible in the process.

Engaging remodel designers as soon as you decide to update your home can provide you with many unforeseen benefits, including:

Knowledge of Structural Codes and Architectural Styles

Good home remodeling designers know how to read architectural blueprints and are current with the latest structural codes. Before you even present your home remodel design ideas to a contractor, your remodeling designer can tell you if your initial plans are structurally sound, possible and will match the architectural style of your home. Because a remodel designer works closely with the other contractors working on your remodel project, he or she can serve as your advocate, understanding your vision for your new home and communicating it to the rest of your team.

Anticipate Future Needs

In addition to helping you create a home remodel design for your current situation, good home remodeling designers can help you anticipate your future needs, which can save you money down the road. For example, your current home remodel design may accommodate the addition of a child, but a remodel designer can help you prepare to grow your family by suggesting storage space ideas or ways to repurpose the space you currently have. Future needs can also include working from a home office more efficiently, accommodating for future guests with the addition of a guest suite, or pointing out options that will help facilitate dinner parties or other future plans for entertaining. A remodeling designer can also help you enhance the style of your home and improve its energy efficiency to save you money on energy and maintenance costs.

Make the Most out of Your Budget

Home remodeling designers often have connections or receive industry discounts that can help you save up to 15 percent on a home remodel design. They can also bargain on your behalf to lower the cost of materials without compromising quality. When you have a set budget for a home remodel design idea, a remodel designer can use his or her creativity to repurpose or enhance salvaged or inexpensive items to create the look you desire at a fraction of the cost of designer or brand-new furnishings and accessories.

Save Time

Tackling a home remodel design idea on your own means you must take the time to research the practicality of your plans and hunt down product samples, which can take months. There are so many fabric and paint choices that it can be difficult to know where to start. If you have a busy life with work, children, extracurricular activities and personal hobbies, a home remodeling designer can bring the samples to you.

In addition, a professional already has the knowledge needed to tell you how to make your design ideas realistically work. Home remodeling designers can also help you and others in your home come to a compromise when you cannot agree on a design idea. In addition, remodeling designers can take the time to purchase the materials your home needs as well as schedule and supervise contractors working in your home and take a more hands-on role in your remodel project. This assistance can help speed the time it takes to complete your home remodel design.

Home remodeling designers are experts at balancing functionality (the space in a home) and design (textures, colors and patterns). Engaging one early in your home remodeling design process can help you bring your vision to life and create a space that will serve you well for years.

Note: The home shown above is The Toussaint House Plan 2446.