Posts tagged ‘custom design’

August 15, 2012

Should you really hire a designer when building a home?

by rebecca elisabeth design
The better question is, can you afford not to hire a designer? Designers work daily with vendors, contractors, architects and anyone else that works on a home.  Project by project this extensive knowledge is developed and grows, and allows designers to add value to the design/build process by looking at it from the end perspective. Remember, designers are the closest to the actual home owner, in that designers work with the finished shell in the furnishing stage of home building.  Because of this, designers know the possible pitfalls and wrong turns that could come your way as the home is being built.

A few examples of some pitfalls, I’ve personally experienced in San Diego:
  • no place for window treatments to minimize glare from western exposure
  • door swings heading in the wrong direction
  • small closets in a large home
  • doors without screens and no windows in the room
  • lack of privacy in baths from neighbors or passerby
Designers will help and guide you through the process by:
  1. managing the decision making process to minimize stress,
  2. conveying decisions to the builder,
  3. overseeing the building process,
  4. looking out for your best interests and guiding you through this stressful time to ensure you get your dream home.

Consider this, creating lists and organize your project will likely take you 10 times longer than an experienced designer. Finding fixtures, fittings, appliances, furnishings, etc will take you 3-4 times as long as a designer who does this regularly. One of the problems is this, you only know of a few places to look for the things you need to specify, different showrooms show different things. You probably only know 3-5 brands.  You only have access to retail sourcing and, and, and.  If you do this yourself, you will be giving up your weekends and week nights, searching 1/4 of what is out there, likely get frustrated and loose sleep in the process. A designer can help mitigate these stresses. So, you need to ask yourself, what is peace of mind worth to you?

If you are on a tight budget you can still work with a designer but may have to work with them in a less convention way, to get the best results for your project. Consider paying a designer to review plans, walk framing, create space plans, suggest brands, schedule meetings to ask for advice, and make choices for your project from the selections you have found.  Please note that fees, for consultation only, are typically more expensive than hiring a designer to design your whole house, expect 1.25 – 2.5x the hourly fee, but trust me, this is well worth getting an expert opinion, especially on something that isn’t easily undone.

Please feel free to contact me  Rebecca, of REDinterior.com to talk about your project.

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October 18, 2011

Great Bath Consoles

by rebecca elisabeth design

Minimal in their approach, luxurious in form and style, wall mounted bath consoles can add unusual appeal to small or large baths.  Check out these cool consoles:

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October 4, 2011

Lighting: How do you know what to use?

by rebecca elisabeth design
Dining room china cabinet

example of accent lighting

Lighting is a fundamental element of any room, whether it is your kitchen, your bathroom or your family room there are 3 tiers of lighting that we at REDinterior believe should be layered to create proper lighting for the space.

  1. General lighting: most common is recessed or can lighting. This layer of light lets us see all the elements of a room.  Make this lighting dimmable if possible to allow you to add mood to a room. Low light makes things cozy and romantic.
  2. Task lighting: most commonly floor lamps in a living room or under cabinet lighting in a kitchen. This layer is fairly self-explanatory as its function is to provide light suitable for the task at hand like reading or cutting vegetables.
  3. Accent lighting: this lighting adds drama or style to a room by highlighting a certain element of a room. Lighting a picture, or fireplace are examples of using accent lighting. A dining room chandelier can be both accent because of the style as well as general lighting.

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September 20, 2011

Should you hire a designer to help build your house?

by rebecca elisabeth design
The better question is, can you afford not to hire a designer? Designers work daily with vendors, contractors, architects and anyone else that works on a home.  Project by project this extensive knowledge is developed and grows, and allows designers to add value to the design/build process by looking at it from the end perspective. Remember, designers are the closest to the actual home owner, in that designers work with the finished shell in the furnishing stage of home building.  Because of this, designers know the possible pitfalls and wrong turns that could come your way as the home is being built.
A few examples of some pitfalls, I’ve personally experienced in San Diego:
  • no place for window treatments to minimize glare from western exposure
  • door swings heading in the wrong direction
  • small closets in a large home
  • doors without screens and no windows in the room
  • lack of privacy in baths from neighbors or passerby
Designers will help guide you through the process by:
  1. managing the decision-making process to minimize stress,
  2. conveying decisions to the builder,
  3. overseeing the building process,
  4. looking out for your best interests and guide you through this stressful time to ensure you get your dream home.

Consider this, creating lists and organize your project will likely take you 10 times longer than an experienced designer. Finding fixtures, fittings, appliances, furnishings, etc will take you 3-4 times as long as a designer who does this regularly. One of the problems is this, you only know of a few places to look for the things you need to specify, different showrooms show different things. You probably only know 3-5 brands.  You only have access to retail sourcing and, and, and.  If you do this yourself, you will be giving up your weekends and week nights, searching 1/4 of what is out there, likely get frustrated and lose sleep in the process. A designer can help mitigate these stresses. So, you need to ask yourself, what is peace of mind worth to you?

If you are on a tight budget you can still work with a designer but may have to work with them in a less convention way, to get the best results for your project. Consider paying a designer to review plans, walk framing, create space plans, suggest brands, schedule meetings to ask for advice, and make choices for your project from the selections you have found.  Please note that fees, for consultation only, are typically more expensive than hiring a designer to design your whole house, expect 1.25 – 2.5x the hourly fee, but trust me, this is well worth getting an expert opinion especially on something that isn’t easily undone.
Please feel free to contact me  Rebecca, of REDinterior.com to talk about your project.
Follow us on Facebook or visit us online at REDinterior.com.
August 23, 2011

Great imports to help you accessorize your home

by rebecca elisabeth design

Accessories are what pull a room together. Matchy matchy isn’t so creative so consider pulling elements that share a color or material to create something more unique.  These are great accessories that would work in almost any home and are a great starting point for accessorizing any room.

Wall Hanging

Horse

RED interior can help you accessorize, contact us if you need help.

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August 4, 2011

Ze Germans have done it again

by rebecca elisabeth design

Check out this brilliant, budget seating, the hockenheimer by NJU Studio. What could be more reduce, reuse, recycle? (ok maybe not reduce because you are going to get those magazines anyway).  Hocken translated is to squat and heimer is a slang version of home, so squat home. Check out the little animation they have created to demonstrate how simple this invention is.

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