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When you make the decision to build your own home, he might consider bringing on a home designer to help you. A home designer is somebody who can take your vision of what you want your new home to look like and bring it to life.

It can be a big challenge to choose a designer, especially when you cannot see their work on your project and so after you signed on the dotted line, but there are several ways that you can find the correct home designer or contemporary architects to work on your home for you. Most people don’t like to design the entire house themselves, and if you are one of those people then you need to make sure you are choosing the right person to go ahead and make your new home look fantastic. Finding the right people to work with isn’t always easy, but it can be done with a lot of research and trial and error. We don’t mean that you should build half a house before deciding against having somebody to help you, but we do mean having a look at how you can find the right home designer. Let’s take a look at some of our tips below to get you started.

  • Do your homework. Research is going to be your very best friend when it comes to choosing a home designer. You need to not only shop around for the right person, but for the right price. Building your home is not something you want to cheap out on, but that doesn’t mean you need to be paying luxury prices if you can’t afford it. Asking friends and family for recommendations, and asking previous customers of specific designers for their recommendation is also very important. You can only achieve any of this when you have done your research.
  • Trust your intuition. When you hire somebody new, you need to make sure that you gel with that person so that they can complete your project and both of you can get along. You don’t want to hire somebody who doesn’t share the same vision as you, or tries to change the vision that you have. If you are concerned about a design you have interviewed, trust your instinct and don’t choose them. You should only work with people with whom you feel comfortable, because you’re going to be spending a lot of time together as you bring your home vision to life. This has to be the right decision from the get go, so make sure that you build a good relationship and trust your intuition along the way.
  • Look for a specialist. If you want to have the best of the best working for you at your home, then you need to choose a designer or consultant or even a professional who specializes in what you’re looking for. What are the biggest mistakes that get made when selecting a designer is when homeowners choose them for the wrong reason. For example, a friend of yours could be an architect right now, but that doesn’t mean that they are the right person for your job. It’s nice to hire your friends, but it can be complicated, so choose somebody because they are professional at what they do and they are not going to make things complicated for you. This process is supposed to be an enjoyable one, and you can’t always have an enjoyable one when it’s somebody that you know because then if you don’t want to disappoint them you’re going to end up with a home that you don’t love in the hopes of placating their feelings.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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