What Happens When You Hire a Professional?
Find out what it’s like to work with an architect, garden designer, home stager and more...
There are a few ways to begin a renovation project: you could start by finding a good construction team who will put you in touch with an architect, or you could invest in the services of a design and build firm that can provide both architectural and construction services. Alternatively, you could begin the process with an architect and find your building team later.
If you’re considering the latter, follow this expert guide to find out what happens when you start your project with an architect.
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Redesigning a room, let alone a whole house, is a complex task. The finished space must work on a practical level, meet everyone’s needs, and also look wonderful, and pulling off this fine balance can be a real head-scratcher. That’s where an interior designer can come in.
With the ability to think in 3D and manage everything from the design concept through to choosing the soft furnishings, an interior designer can translate your ideas and aspirations into reality. First, though, you have to find the perfect one for you, with the right skills, personality and creative vision.
To help you choose well, we asked three design experts for tips on how to find an interior designer and what questions to ask before starting work together.
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So you’ve decided to employ the expert help of a professional garden designer, but you’re unsure of what the process will entail? You might be anxious that it will be out of your budget, or that a designer will think your project is too small.
Here, three garden designers share what to expect when you work with a professional to help you decide whether it’s right for you.
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Extending into the loft provides extra living space without sacrificing a chunk of your garden. Use a loft conversion specialist for the job and you’ll be able to tap into a wealth of local planning, design and technical knowledge, too. Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking of extending upwards.
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As a homeowner, you may be clear that you want an architect, an interior designer, a builder – or perhaps a carpenter or plumber – to help turn your dream project into a reality. But what about a structural engineer?
To many homeowners, this profession may be a bit of a mystery. Who is responsible for hiring this specialist – you or your architect? How much will it add to the cost, and do you need to consult one if you’re just knocking down a non-supporting wall? All these questions and more are answered by our panel of experts.
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When we’re hiring professionals to help with a renovation project, our first port of call is usually a builder or architect – but have you thought of calling on the services of a project manager?
These planning professionals can make a huge difference to the running of your project, could save you a lot of stress, and will ensure you stay on (or under) budget. Here, three experts explain what’s involved.
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For a home that functions well and looks beautifully finished, it’s often worth investing in some custom-made woodwork. But if you’re unsure about the process – and don’t know whether to hire a carpenter, joiner or cabinet-maker – check out this expert guide to get you started.
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Good lighting design is an art. It brings out the best in an interior design scheme, illuminates architectural features, creates atmosphere and makes practical household tasks easier. In the hands of an expert, it can be truly transformative. Here’s what to consider if you’re thinking of hiring a lighting designer.
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So you’ve decided to employ the expert help of a professional organiser, but you’re unsure what the process entails. You might be anxious that they’ll judge you, or that they’ll get rid of all your belongings. Here, Nicola Munns from All Organised shares what to expect when you invite an experienced declutterer into your home.
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Home stagers aim is to create a space in which potential buyers feel at home, and they can see at a glance what needs to change when they enter a property. In practice, this means removing some of the items that make it personal to you and adding pieces that give it a clean, neutral look.
There’s a definite art to doing this, so we asked a panel of professional home stagers for their tips on how you can give your home a fresh look (and one with broad appeal) on a budget.
Read more What is a Home Stager and Do You Need One?
Do you have any tips for working with a professional on a home renovation project? Share your thoughts in the Comments.