Maybe?  Not sure what we’re implementing here, but planning is different from designing…and you’re probably wondering how?

Certainly you can (and should) do your leg-work before consulting an interior designer or kitchen and bath specialist…or even your contractor. Having an idea of what you’d like to accomplish and a realistic knowledge of what that may cost is a great place to start. Even going out and finding the perfect tile or comfy sofa is a step in the right direction, and it involves you more deeply in determining the final outcome of your project. But be clear: this is planning.

Designing incorporates both what you see and what you don’t. It suggests unusual solutions for storage and placement that you may not have considered, making a space feel larger, or conversely more intimate. Good design will also inform: is the tile you found on sale from a country that produces a sub-standard product? Will it chip and crack in short order? How do you arrange furniture in a room where every wall is broken with a window or doorway? What do you do with the heat vent or wall switch that’s situated in the middle of an otherwise good wall for art?

This is the work of designers.  The contractor’s job is to build or install what you have already selected and provided a plan for.  And who is providing the plans themselves?  Do you need an architect to provide or approve detailed schematics?  Do you have your permits?

And if you do ask your contractor, is he/she more interested in what’s easy for the subs, or how the room plays out overall? Do not depend on your contractor to give you valid design advice any more than you would consider a plumber’s opinion on your root canal!

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