After a client contacts me to draw their home, I ask them if they have an idea of what they are wanting. A vast majority of these clients have already given a great deal of thought as to what they are looking for in their new home. Even a greater number have sketched out their floor plan on graph paper and taken pictures of homes they are wanting theirs to look like. This is one of the bests starts a designer or drafter can have and will save you pounds of time and review from the get go.
When you discuss your sketches and photo’s with him or her, make sure that you go into depth about your likes and dislikes. As a matter of fact, it’s a good idea to make what is called a wish list of things you would like to see. For instance soffit over your kitchen cabinets, a built in ironing board in your utility room, or arches in your cased openings, etc. No detail is too small if you want your home to be designed and drawn your way.
Here is a biggy. If you have chosen a drafter, his job is to draw your home exactly the way you want it within reason. Therefore he or she needs as much information as you possibly can give them. If you’ve hired a designer, you need to keep an eye on how much creative license you’ve given them. Otherwise you may not be receiving what you really desire in a home. On the other hand, if you don’t have a clue about looks, style, and function, hiring a designer is by far your best way to go.
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