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How does one best start their small bathroom remodeling project?
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This post addresses the question of should you hire a professional designer?
Unfortunately the answer is a definitive maybe.
If you know exactly what you want
Maybe you know exactly what you want already? Maybe a professional third party set of opinions would simply complicate your decision making process. If this is you, the answer is no, you should not hire a professional designer.
But what if you don’t?
There’s the rub. What if you need help and guidance making decisions about colors, patterns, shapes, materials, etc?
Then you should consider hiring a professional designer.
But aren’t professional designers expensive? As with many things, the answer is simultaneously yes and no.
- Yes, but if you’re spending $20K to $40K on a bathroom that you will live with and enjoy for years to come, what’s another $500 to $1,000 to help make sure it fits and serves you and your family better? If your material budget increased by $500 to $1,000 would it be the end of the world?
- No because I’ve personally seen professional designers save home owners more money than they cost. When this occurs it’s because the designer, having done many more bathrooms than most home owners, know things most home owners don’t. They’ve learned from the past set of bathrooms they’ve done things you as a home owner have not had an opportunity to learn.
- This saving more than they cost is especially true of designers who also do construction management, as they not only understand aspects of design, they understand aspects (including costs) of constructions.
I personally am strongly in favor of homeowners who feel they need assistance hiring professional designers. A good one is more than worth the cost.
So where can you find a good one? Start with the American Society of Interior Designers. They’re a trade organization of professional designers.
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