You’ve been saving your pennies and it’s finally time to build your dream home. Whether you’re building your home from scratch or simply bringing new life to an existing structure, the design process can’t be rushed. Hiring a professional home designer is the best way to create a space that works for your family dynamic. More than a decorator, a home designer can help you choose the best layout and materials for style and function. A designer will also likely catch potential issues that you would not have anticipated, saving you time and money. If you’re still hesitant about the home design process, check out these common misconceptions debunked.
1. There’s No Difference Between a Home Designer and Architect
For many people, the terms ‘home designer’ and ‘architect’ are interchangeable. However, these two job titles have several distinct differences. Architects have licenses and generally focus on commercial projects like schools and hospitals. Home designers focus more on small businesses and residential properties. When designing your home, you want a professional with experience working and designing in residential settings.
2. Completing the Work Yourself Saves Money
You may think that completing a home-building or renovation job on your own will save you money. The truth is unless you’re a design professional, you’ll probably end up spending more to fix your mistakes down the road than what it would cost to hire a professional. Even the most experienced do-it-yourselfers can become overwhelmed with large building projects. You’ll also want to remember that most local and state laws require you to obtain a contractor’s license or hire an outside business for any major remodeling jobs.
3. One-Story Homes are the Least Expensive Option
While it may make sense that a single-story home would cause less than a two- or three-story home, this isn’t always the case. In fact, most homeowners discover the opposite. The more square footage on the first floor of the home, the higher your costs will be. This is because it’s cheaper to build up than out. If you want to save money while still gaining adequate square footage, you may want to think about adding more rooms upstairs, not down.
4. Any Type of Remodel Will Add Value to My Home
What most home designers know and homeowners don’t realize is that timeless designs far outweigh current trends. While it’s okay to paint the walls your favorite colors and decorate your home with items you find beautiful or appealing, it’s best to leave the home’s “bones” classic. When you keep the structure timeless, you’ll have a far easier time when you go to sell your home.
5. Plans Submitted to the Building Department Are Never Rejected
Just because you’ve settled on a design plan doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Before you can begin the building process, your plan must be approved by the building department. Many people have the misconception that if they submit their plan, it will be approved. However, that’s not always the case. There may be some discrepancies of building codes which could require more detail. Further clarity of structural designs may also be needed before approval. The building department may also ask you to submit additional information to comply with energy efficiency provisions.
6. I Can Save Money by Buying Cheaper Materials
While it’s true that you can save money by purchasing cheaper materials, you’ll likely spend more in the long-run for repairs and upkeep. For example, many homeowners choose laminate countertops over more expensive granite. While the initial difference in cost will save you a few bucks, you likely won’t receive the quality or longevity of the better quality material. Not only does granite look higher-end than laminate, it also lasts a lot longer making it a good investment. In short, don’t settle for the cheapest materials because you get what you pay for.
7. I Can’t Afford to Hire a Professional Home Designer
You may believe that you can’t afford to hire a professional home designer. However, if you’re building or remodeling a house, you can’t afford not to. Having an experienced designer on your side is essential to avoid the pitfalls associated with ‘do-it-yourself’ jobs. More importantly, you can find home design services to fit all budgets, all home sizes, and all design tastes. A good home design professional will work with you to get you the design you’ll looking for at a price you can afford.
8. The Home Won’t Reflect My Design Style
Many homeowners fear that if they hire a home designer, their personal design styles will be pushed aside. While your home designer will likely offer some ideas and advice on how to design a space, the rooms should ultimately reflect your personal style. Home designers want you to be happy with your property and will therefore work with you step-by-step to ensure that you’re satisfied with every aspect of the design process.
9. I Don’t Have Time to Deal with a Remodel
Life can be chaotic, leaving little time to do things you want to do like remodel your home. That’s where a home designer comes into play. These professionals help streamline the process to help ensure that everything runs smoothly without you having to constantly overlook construction. Most home designers will work directly with contractors and vendors to take stress away from you and make sure that your home is well-built and designed.
10. You Must Have a Clear Design in Mind Before Talking to a Designer
While it may be a good idea to have some style choices in mind, you don’t need to have a concrete design before talking to a home designer. A good home designer will help you figure out your preferences and blend them together to create a cohesive design plan. They can also give you advice on designs that you absolutely love but didn’t think of yourself.
While there are many misconceptions about the home design process, the value of a home designer is certain. If you’re in search of your dream house, contact Koncept Design + Build today and we will manifest your dreams into reality together.