How to hire a Redesigner & why do I need one?

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A skilled Redesigner can offer you a variety of knowledge.  A quallified Redesigner should be able to listen and determine what look you want, to recognize the style of your dream home.  They will offer you different solutions and upgrades you are comfortable with and work with a budget.  Redesigners will pull it all together from materials, appliances, fixtures, furniture, cabinets, flooring, and keep the contractors and what they do on a schedule.  Every design feature in home a Redesigner will make sure that it is functional and appealing.  A talented and well informed Redesigner will make sure that you don't make costly mistakes in the redesigning process.  The personal things that you want to incorporate in a redesign project a Redesigner will respect and use, if you are a collector of fine art, antiques or items that are near and dear to your heart; a Redesigner will make the most of your collection.  A Redesigner should be able to help you make the best selections in a kitchen or bath that will make those areas not just trend conscious but marketable if at a later date you are selling your home.  It's your home so feel free to ask the Redesigner what projects they have done, can they show you some of it, and are there references? You shouldn't hesitate to ask any questions you feel are important.

A talented Redesigner should be able to create something unique and original as well as recreate any design looks from magazines.  Their fees are substantially lower than the large design firms; the results can be exactly the same.  By nature, a proficient Redesigner is not at all frivolous with their clients' money, so they cater to the everyday consumer that desires a form of style without outlandish costs.  So, high style is not reserved only for the ‘Rich and Famous' anymore.

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Judy Heinrich
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I just did a living room redesign for a woman last week that had one year old twins and wanted an adult space to enjoy.  She was so happy with the results (which I knew she would be) but what I think was most satisfying about her comments was how thankful she was that I was able to pull it together and it didn't cost her a fortune!  We purchased some window panels from LNT and a few other minor items to complete the look and she got exactly what she wanted at a fraction of the cost of an interior designer. Getting a good looking room doesn't have to be expensive!
February 26, 2007 07:00 AM
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Joni Van Deventer
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Judy, that is exactly how I feel.  You can do as much or as little as the client wants.  Today I just got a call for my 2nd kitchen redesign for this year, I am so excited this one will be quite a transformation.  I think that the expense is what scares most client's away they assume it will be so expensive it won't work for them, but you did the look, congratualations!!!!!! LNT is one of my favorites. 
February 26, 2007 10:01 AM
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Alyse Bromberg
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This is the one service that I am still struggling with. - The difference between a redesigner and an interior designer/decorator.  Don't they have to be licensed?  Aren't we stepping on toes here?

I understand going in and using what the home owner already has and helping them place everything.  But actually helping them pick out the tiles and cabinets, and create specific 'styles" - isn't that what an interior designer would and should do?

Obviously I'd love to offer this service, but what are the legal ramifications?

February 26, 2007 10:23 AM
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Joni Van Deventer
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Alyse,  the client's choose a contractor of their choice or one that I have actually seen their work or have worked with before. Let's say that there are upgrades they want, I find the best price on what they want..  If they want a collection of samples I get them for them.  Not all design firms have "licensed" or educated people working for them but they do have overhead, that's what I am talking about.  I always use a general contractor for renovations and work with them.  I know how to achieve the "look" and have the experience to back it up.  But I wouldn't have if I didn't try, so you should see if that is an area you want to pursue.  You need to try and discover your potential, I am sure you have the desire.  Interior Designers are great but not all designers are schooled or are created equal just like redesigners some are better than others, check out Top Design on Bravo most have no background in interior design per se' they are just talented.  You have to draft a contract to state what if any areas you are liable for, that's the protection and the authority.  Priniciples of design are the same for every discipline: form, texture, line and color.

Alyse, you may have a specialty service to offer, maybe you are fantastic at great room makeovers or a zen bath master offer only what you are comfortable with at first then add to it.  I hope this helps, my best advice is to really listen to the client and ask questions.  That is my ultimate purpose to make them happy and know they got as much as they could working with their budget.

The best of luck to you! Off to meet my new clients', I am so excited, can't wait. I'll let you know what happens.

February 26, 2007 11:53 AM
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Sheron Cardin
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Joni - you go girl! You confidence is exuding all over the rain forest. I am happy that you are pursuing your passion for decorating. It is so much fun and unlimited. Interior decorating and interior design are very different. Your work is as good as your workrooms and subsn and your talents will take you whereever you want to go.

Take lots of pictures! 

February 27, 2007 01:21 PM
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Sheron, thank you and I need to stand corrected, the contractor on this redesign project will re-route plumbing and electrical as well as handle the installation and construction.  My job will be to help the client select their items that will go in the kitchen.  Waiting for the contractor one of 2 to contact them so I can meet with him.  They will also be taking down a wall and moving everything around.  The way they talk it will be a transition between traditional and contempory styles.  BTW, on the same day these clients called I received a phone call from a lady that is downsizing to a smaller home and needs lots of help with color, etc. So, I am anxious to get started.

I so appreciate your support, Sheron, you truly got me motivated, it's like Shell sharing the "Secret", everyone in the Rain, Stages it Forward----what a great philosophy.

February 27, 2007 10:34 PM
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