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Designers VERSUS Builders…

by | Jul 13, 2015

For most, getting the builders in is the first step to getting an interior project underway and designers often get overlooked at this initial stage and subsequently become an afterthought.

So why get a designer in sooner?  A designer can help you plan out and subsequently avoid costly mistakes right from the outset.  It’s simple, a builder is by no means a designer, so why would you leave such crucial decisions to them?  Most builders agree, and actually favour a designers involvement, as that way they have a professional on board to turn to and have a detailed plan to follow from the start of the project.

This for them avoids running over schedule as a result of last minute client changes and waiting on decisions for paint colours, tiles and lighting etc which ultimately holds up the schedule, angers the builder and angers you.  For you, working with a designer would avoid this and all those calls while you’re in that important meeting at work… ‘Where do you want the plugs to go?’, ‘Have you chosen what colour you want in this room?’… all this as I say leads to frustrations and you the client running around like a headless chicken in an attempt to keep the builder on schedule and at worse cost spiralling when you didn’t realise the builder had only quoted for standard white doors but you wanted solid oak!  From the builders point of view, they wanted to give you their best possible price but as a result sometimes these details get overlooked until the last minute when all those additional bills start rolling in.

I must stress that neither party are ever usually in the wrong, most issues stem from miscommunication, so that’s why it’s useful to have a designer on board to bridge the gap.  From another perspective, getting a designer in sooner rather than later can be a great advantage as this avoids having to potentially make compromises with the design scheme.  If a designer is only instructed once the electrics are installed and plastering all done, then what happens if the light points and sockets don’t suit the furniture layout?

 As designers ourselves, we have witnessed all this first hand and want to spread the word for builders and clients alike that a designer can play an important role within the project (from the very beginning) thus creating peace and harmony between the two parties and ultimately leaving all the inevitable stress and phone calls for the designer to handle… now that’s got to sound better, right?