DoubleOhHoyaApril 29, 2012

We are about to break ground and need to find a designer. We already fired our last one, who was recommended by our builder. We found one on our own that seems fantastic, but she's probably about 2x as much as another that was recommended by our builder, who are are not that impressed with. My sense is that a good designer is very much worthwhile. Based on those that have been through this process, is it worth spending extra cash for someone that's very good.

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Someone is who is good might also be more efficient at zeroing in on your preferences and coming up with the right solutions, so the hourly rate doesn't tell the whole story!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:17PM
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a designer for what exactly? Interior items?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:24PM
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designer for everything - tile selection, fixtures, colors, etc.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:28PM
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I think it depends on how much help you decisive you are and how much you want to do yourself. I had worked with a fantastic designer before in my previous house, but in our new build I had done soooo much pre-planning and research that I really just needed someone to bounce ideas off. She was great for stuff like how high I should hang the light fixtures and had great rules of thumb for how many different finishes to ha in the room, etc...but the over-all look was all me. If I hadn't been so sure of what I was doing, I probably would have hired my own, rather than use our builder's ID. As it worked out well and saved money.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 9:46PM
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