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How to Renovate a Home with an Interior Designer


Renovating your home can be an exciting but overwhelming process. Working with an interior designer can help ensure that the renovation runs smoothly and achieves your desired outcome. As an award-winning interior design firm with hundreds of home renovation projects under our belt, we’ll take you through the basic steps to successfully bring your dream home to life with the help of a designer.

Penthouse in the Sky, Living Room, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo
Penthouse in the Sky, Living Room, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

1. Establish Goals and Budget

The first step of any renovation project is to establish your goals and budget. Meet with your interior designer to discuss your vision for the space and your must-haves for the renovation. Make sure to also discuss your budget and any constraints that may impact the project.


2. Develop a Design Plan

Your interior designer will work with you to develop floor plans and design concepts for the space. This may involve creating sketches, 2D drawings, 3D renderings, or mood boards to help visualize the design. The designer will consider factors such as program, flow, color schemes, and furniture layouts to create a cohesive design plan that aligns with your goals and budget.

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Lost Tree Way, Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson

3. Select Materials, Finishes, and Furniture

Once the general direction and design is established, the next step is to select materials and finishes for the renovation. Your interior designer will help guide you through the process of selecting everything from flooring to cabinetry to plumbing fixtures and everything in between. Simultaneously to this process, the decorating process begins. This involves selecting furniture, fabrics, decorative lighting, and accessories that complement the design plan.

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Modern Mountain, Photography by Brent Moss

4. Finalize the Construction Drawings

Before the renovation can begin, the final design must be documented in the form of construction drawings so that all the involved parties are working from the same base point. These drawings include any broader layout changes as well as all of the agreed upon design details.


5. Coordinate Contractors and Vendors

During the renovation, the designer will coordinate with contractors and vendors to keep the project moving on schedule and within budget. They will oversee the installation of materials and finishes and work to resolve any issues that may arise during the renovation process. The decorative items will be ordered so that they are ready to install once the construction is complete.

6. Installation

After the bulk of the construction is over, the decorative finishes will be installed and the furniture will be moved into the space. Lighting and art will be hung and accessories will be placed.

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Tonal Palette on Park, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

7. Final Walkthrough and Closeout

After the renovation is complete, your interior designer will conduct a final walkthrough with you to ensure that the project meets your expectations. Any final touch-ups or corrections will be made, and the home will be officially closed out and handed over to you.

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