05.11.2015

When To Call The Interior Designer

At what stage in a project should you call in an interior designer?  “Sooner than you think!” is probably the best answer to this question.

We often get calls from potential new clients who effectively say “you can’t come over yet, it’s still a building site”, when actually, it might already be a bit late……

Whether you’re building a whole new house, or just altering or extending an existing one, as much of the interior as possible should be planned, drawn and sourced before the builders even hit the ground.  Because what few clients realise is that one of the most important days on site is the day the electrician first arrives.  This is typically as soon as the roof is on and can easily be well before the windows are in.

The electrician’s first job is to “first fix” all the wiring, which means running the cables you need from where the fuseboard will be, to all those locations where you want sockets, lights and switches.  It’s all too easy to think that this is just (a slightly boring) part of the building work and standing in a cold and draughty shell of a house, you’re thinking it’ll be months before you get to the fun bit of choosing all those lovely things for the interior.

electrical socket positions in a cob wallThe socket positions are now fixed in this cob wall

But if you haven’t chosen what size of bed you’re going to have and where exactly it’s going to go, how do you know that the sockets are going to end up in just the right position beside the bed?  All too often, the electrician assumes the bed is going to be 4’6” wide and in the middle of the wall (and why shouldn’t he if no-one’s told him otherwise) and he installs the wiring accordingly.  Weeks go past, the walls are plastered and painted and your thoughts turn to organising new furniture.

With a nice big new bedroom, you, or your other half, decide that what you’d really like is a generous 6” bed…….  Arriving back home, you decide that now is the moment to call the interior designer, as you’d like a hand choosing paint colours and new curtains and blinds.

I can’t tell you how often this scenario happens and it’s such a shame.  It also illustrates perfectly, how interior designers can save you money.  Call a professional designer in early and they’ll ask you all sorts of questions.  “What size bed do you like to sleep in?” might seem a rather personal question at a first meeting, but the designer knows just how important that is in the planning of the whole room, wiring included.

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So please, call us early!  We are fully equipped with hard hats and hi-vis jackets and we expect to visit building sites.  Tanya’s choice of degree subject was civil engineering after all, so she’s never happier than when she’s in the thick of the construction phase of a project!

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