Glenshaw Mansions, West Hampsted, LondonContemporary Living Room, London
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Make a planPreparation is key to interior design. Before you do anything, start formulating a plan for where everything will go and how it will look. This is so much better than trying to design as you go along, as you’ll have the time and clarity of mind to properly consider all the options and make informed decisions. Designing on the fly adds an unnecessary element of pressure to the situation and, with part of the work already underway, you may be restricting your options.Consider everything from your layout, colour schemes, electrics, plumbing and storage all the way down to minor details, such as decorative accessories and furnishings. That way, you’ll have a clear idea of how your finished room will look, which will help you focus your mind.
Become a serial list-writerThis is important – writing lists is key when it comes to project management. It’s the only way to properly organise your thoughts and prevent any details from being forgotten. The most important list is your ‘specification of works’. This is basically a detailed list of everything to be done, from start to finish. If you’re dealing with one main builder who’s organising all the work, then you’ll need to make sure he or she is given a copy, so the brief is clear and all the information is provided. Also, having a detailed specification makes it easier if you want to obtain multiple quotes, and you’ll know it’s a fair comparison, as all the builders will be quoting using the same brief. Check out expert advice on how to see the potential in a neglected property