You don’t have to be a world-class interior designer or property agent to know that every home is unique in their design. It doesn’t matter how old or how new, no two homes are exactly alike, just like how no two individuals (including identical twins) are the same.
So if this is the case, how can there be pre-planned home design packages? For packages to exist, the interior designer needs to predict exactly what ideas and decisions will be involved. Since no two homeowners think exactly alike, how can interior designers think for them?
This is why we know interior design packages just can’t work. All these packages will end up doing is creating arguments and conflict between the homeowner and interior designers.
What then is the solution?
Simply recognise the logic and understand that your home will be truly unique, and no one else will have a design like it. Then head out and seek a professional who is willing to work with you from scratch.
One way to recognise a sincere designer is by asking for a visual of the ideas you have at hand. He / she should be more than willing to provide a rough sketch, and although it’s not a high resolution 3D image, a simple visual is better than an empty promise!
This way, it’s also easier for the homeowner to gauge the designer’s capabilities and work ethic. Remember that you will be working with the interior designer for quite a while, so having a good working relationship will help. If you like the sketch provided, ask for a detailed concept drawing (which is chargeable) so you have a solid representation of what you want.
Now…you can start bargaining
At this point, you have a clear visual of what your home will look like, and this puts you in a better position when asking for quotations. The contractor will know what you’re looking at and this reduces potential conflicts, as there are no longer any ‘gray’ areas. There are only ‘can do’ and ‘can’t do’.
This also prevents any shocking price changes during renovation since both parties have a clear understanding of what’s needed.
We hope you found this method of ‘protecting’ yourself from unwanted home design problems useful. If you’d like to explore interior design for Singapore properties, feel free to drop us a message here.
Home design ideas & renovation tips for Singapore homeowners.