Today, I bring to you the first guest post for Bone Collective Studio Stories, our newly revamped blog. I recently realized that many of my clients were actually reading the blog, though I hadn't posted anything new in well over a year! Yikes! Sorry about that. With this new "Stories" section, I'll be providing quick doses of fun reads to help educate you about the design and architecture process. Have a burning question that myself or my team of experts can answer for you? Send away to email@example.com.
Today’s post is from Ariana Lovato. Take it away, Ariana!
Why You Should Hire a Designer For your Next Remodel
I’m the first one to admit it - Designers get a bad rap of walking into the door and the dollar signs just start pouring out.
After all, Designers are just spending people’s money every day while they drink champagne and shop, right?!
Okay, sarcasm aside, I’m here to tell you that that’s not really the case.
Sure, we shop and spend other people’s money. But we are doing this with the intention of creating a beautiful, functional and safe environment for our clients.
Let’s start from the top.
Interior Design, by definition, is the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building.
When it comes to designing a space, there are so many moving parts involved. From the style and height of the baseboard, to the lighting, to the space planning, to the cabinetry and the furniture, a Designer’s job is to ensure everything works together in beautiful harmony.
Not only do these decisions and specifications need to be made in a cohesive manner, they also have to be made quickly in order to help keep projects moving along.
Now let’s say you were looking to remodel your kitchen.
You’ve seen a few HGTV shows and it seems like you know what you like. Maybe something along the lines of Fixer Upper but maybe with a modern twist.
Let’s see… you’ll need to pick out new cabinets, new countertops, backsplash, appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures.
Seems easy enough.
First of all, you have to determine your cabinetry style.
A simple Shaker frame sounds about right.
OK, next decision, the cabinetry kitchen layout.
How do you work in the kitchen?
Where do you prep?
How many cooks are in the kitchen at one time?
Do you entertain often?
What kind of appliances are you needing?
Do you want flush inset cabinetry or full overlay?
All of these are super important questions to ask yourself during this layout process.
Feeling overwhelmed yet?
Here’s where hiring a Designer for your next remodel comes into play.
Not only are we there to make these decisions with you, we’re there to guide you through this entire process and prevent you from the stress of a remodel.
To the person that does not do this for a living, sure, all of those questions would probably result in, “ummm I’m not sure???”
We find out what your objectives are and how to fulfill them in the most cost effective and stylish way possible.
Entertain a lot? OK, you’ll need an island with some seating.
Do you and your partner end up in the Kitchen at the same time? OK, we’ll need to make sure your island and your perimeter countertops are at least 48” apart to allow enough room.
Farmhouse with a modern twist?
Let’s bring in some white shaker cabinets, white Quartz that looks like marble, mix in some darker cabinetry, and some elongated subway tiles and some fun dark metal pendants.
Trusting a Designer to not only design but to help guide you through your next remodel is one of the best decisions you could make, we promise!
Today's Guest Post comes to you from Interior Designer, Ariana Lovato. In 2016, Ariana founded Honeycomb Home Design in Arroyo Grande along California's Central Coast. She received an Associate Degree in Interior Design from FIDM and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of LaVerne. When she's not designing your dream home, she is spending time with her husband and their four pugs as well as being very active in her community.