I was recently on a Zoom call with one of my ‘Building Your Foundation’ (BYF) members. She’s starting to plan for her home build and she asked me, ‘is it worth it for me to hire a designer when building a custom home?’
We determined that she probably didn’t need a designer, but your situation might be different. It all boils down to YOUR needs and YOUR level of comfort with making design decisions for your new home.
Below, we’ll cover the benefits and drawbacks of adding an interior designer to your home build team.
Designing a custom home can feel like a full-time job at times. Here are some important things to consider when you decide if hiring a designer for your custom build is worth it for YOU:
- Do I have the time to devote to selecting finishes?
- Do I have an idea of what I want style-wise?
- Am I able to envision what the finished design will look like?
- Do I have the money to invest in a designer?
WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A DESIGNER WHEN BUILDING A CUSTOM HOME
Adding an interior designer to your home building team offers many benefits, including:
REDUCED STRESS FOR YOU!
An interior designer can make the custom home build process SO much easier and less stressful for you.
You have the option to turn over all the decisions to your designer OR you can be a part of the process and have the designer narrow down your selections for you make the final decision.
Either way, the help of a designer = less stress for you!
A DESIGNER CAN HELP YOU VISUALIZE
A designer has the ability to visualize the space and materials when everything is put together.
She/he can help you better visualize the design aesthetic by creating physical or virtual design boards.
Interior designers can collaborate with your architect and/or builder for optimum spatial planning, window, and door placement, ceiling details, etc.
VAST KNOWLEDGE OF OPTIONS
An interior designer can help you with all the design selections … lighting fixtures, flooring, counters, paint colors, etc.
Also, she/he will have knowledge about products available, as well as access to options that are only available to ‘the trade’ (i.e. you can’t order without a designer).
DRAWBACKS TO HIRING A DESIGNER WHEN BUILDING YOUR HOME
While working with an interior designer can be beneficial in helping you bring your vision to life, there are a couple of drawbacks.
First of all, designers can be quite pricey! Some charge an hourly rate while others charge a flat fee or a %age of your overall project fee.
Make sure to get full clarity up-front about how the designer you intend to use will charge you.
Do keep in mind that although their fee can be hefty, designers may be able to save you money through their vendor discounts. Not to mention, they save you time … as well as reduce your stress!
Another drawback is if you can’t find a designer with the same style as you. Make sure to check references and, if possible, tour homes she/he previously designed. Also, be sure to verify if the designer can work within your budget.
You’ll need to do a little research to find the best fit for you both style-wise and cost-wise.
SO … IS IT WORTH IT TO HIRE DESIGNER?
Again, this all depends on your level of comfort with creating a floor plan and choosing finishes on your own.
HIRING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER IS WORTH IT IF:
- You have a difficult time envisioning your future home on your own
- You don’t quite have a ‘design eye’
- You’re too busy to take on the large project of choosing finishes
- You either want your options narrowed down for you or you want someone to take over completely
HIRING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER IS NOT WORTH IT IF:
- You know what you like and you know your overall ‘vision’ for your future home
- You have the time to put into this project
- You enjoy choosing finishes on your own and think you have it under control
- You don’t want to invest in an expensive designer
If you have a pretty good idea of what you want and all you need is a little guidance (but not a full-fledged interior designer) you might be a great fit for my signature program, Building Your Foundation.
This is a low-cost alternative to get design ideas as well as personal support and feedback throughout your home build … without hiring a designer when building a custom home.
Whether you choose to use a designer or not, make sure to grab my *FREE* Custom Home Build Prep Guide to learn the five crucial steps that will help you prepare for a home build with less stress, more confidence, and a plan to stay on budget!