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Professional Designers: What Do They Bring to a Project?

A remodeling project is an expansive task full of multiple parts, and this can mean multiple people and professions are involved. Aside from a contractor, this can include certain subcontractors such as plumbers, electricians, and so on. However, there is one profession in particular that serves as a critical contributor in any project: the designer. Despite their importance, the full scope of what a designer does may be overlooked. As a contractor that understands the benefits of working along with a designer, we’d like to explore what exactly a designer brings to a project and why their professionalism matters. We talked with our own designer, Pauline Tartaglia of PRB Interior Designs for more insight into this.


Pauline shares that a quick way to describe what a designer does is that "a contractor knows how a space goes together, but a designer knows how a space can be used for the client's needs." A designer will typically show up at the start of a project alongside a contractor to discuss the type of renovation. Different designs may be used depending on the reason for the renovation--for example, a design for a home that is simply going to be sold will be different than for a project with a long-term home. From there, a budget must be figured out, and multiple space claims are provided as to show the different options available to the client. Once a plan is picked, it goes through multiple stages of revision, holding off on buying materials until the plan is satisfactory. When the plan is at the desired quality, then elevation is discussed along with digital renderings of what the space will look like. Not only will these help the subcontractors involved by serving as a reference, but renderings and elevation plans also help the client visualize their project. This way, they can be sure the outcome is what they want before tangible work is done, preventing backtracking. Materials finally come into play after this, as to avoid buying materials that aren’t necessary in the event that a plan changes. At this point, it’s all about ordering materials and product managing.


Designers are helpful in projects for multiple reasons. The most simple reason is that when you bring in a designer at the beginning of a project, they are another brain on the team to help generate ideas. Aside from brainpower, another benefit of bringing along a designer--specifically at the start of a project--is that they help create a good sense of budget. Professional designers are aware of miscellaneous things that may pop up during a project due to their own past experiences, and these can be accounted for prior so that they aren’t unexpected further down the road. Most professional designers execute good communication with their team and clients, making sure all possible options are explained. This helps make the client aware of all the possibilities they have with their project from the start, so they can make decisions that serve in their best interest. Utilizing a professional designer can make the entire process go more smoothly.


Projects benefit greatly from the contribution of professional designers, and as a contractor we also emphasize their importance by always bringing along our own professional designer. By having professionals on our team, we are able to deliver projects of a quality we can stand behind. Here at Fine Remodeling, we are your Delaware contractor determined to go beyond the standards to deliver remarkable construction projects. Get in touch with us about your next renovation project so you can be sure it's done right the first time. Visit our contact us page and see our calendar to select a day/time for a discussion about your project.


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