Sometimes, designers have great ideas
The other day I had a retiree couple who approached me for a custom house design. They had in mind a beautiful classic contemporary home on stumps – about 750mm off the ground. The one thing that had slipped their mind? They were building their ‘forever home’ – the place they would retire and grow old in, but they had only stair access.
Designers don’t necessarily know exactly what you need like you do, but an experienced designer can bring some great, unique ideas to the table that you might not have thought of yourself. The icing on the cake so to speak. And sometimes, they can discourage you from making a really annoying design decision as well.
Quality designers aren’t free
As the saying goes, nothing worthwhile in life is cheap, or easy, and it definitely isn’t free!Many homeowners can be the difference between the success and failure of the project. And even, if a project goes over or under budget.
- Properly detailing exactly what YOU want on the plans, and even in a specification means that when a builder quotes he can quote exactly what you want. Reducing the uncertainty for him reduces the ‘unknown factor’ he adds in his margin, and can reduce the likelihood of being stung by expensive variations halfway through the contract.
- Designing your house right the first time can save you thousands of dollars in renovations in the future