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Regina Rogers Fallon will take on the overall design and management of your renovations, and would ideally be brought onboard at the planning stage of the project to build an alliance with your contractors, an integrated team will lead to more efficiently trough-out the project. There are lots of decisions to be made when taking on a home renovation or self build, so investing time at the initial stage of the design process is vital, Regina says, my priority is to realise your requirements, in order to build a design concept, and the most important part of a home renovation is focusing primarily on functionality
Taking on any Home Renovations can be overwhelming and before thinking about furniture and fittings a realistic approach is vital, the initial considerations should be windows, roofing, insulation, electrics, plumbing, heating, energy efficiency, doors and floors, do you need to hire an Architect etc, and are you entitled to a renovation or energy efficiency grant ?
It is important to accumulate numerous quotes from building contractors, and crucial that all professionals will work well together. Regina says, It is imperative that she is hired at the start of the renovations in order to liaise with your Architect and Tradespeople, it also allows her to plan a timeline and manage your interior budget from the outset, the colour of your windows may effect the design of your interior and before the construction phase of the renovation starts it is important to plan your interior layout.
One of the biggest mistakes I see homeowners making when taking on a renovations is the lack of initial planning, so I advise you start making decisions well in advance of the build and be aware of the timeline during the project. Always be a step ahead of your building contractor.
Smart home technologies are the future, so consider future proofing your home early, as it is more economical to implement these technologies during a home renovations than to readdress them.
When taking on a renovation project, the interior becomes a blank canvas, there are an abundance of decisions to be made that tend to overwhelm clients. Kick off the downstairs of the house with the kitchen design, as it is the most significant room in every Irish home and the heart of family life.
It’s also worth thinking about how your needs will change for your home over time and how the house will evolve as the kids get older. This needs to be considered when it comes to the electrics and plumbing, even for things as simple as having sufficient power points in each room, If your budget is restricted, prioritise, invest in quality when it comes to your fixed items, a kitchen is the most important room in an Irish home, your bathrooms, fireplace and flooring should be at the top of your list. don’t be afraid to customise furniture, sofa and storage units, with quality you get longevity. Consider lighting design from the beginning of the project, the influence of natural light on the building, and how you will counterbalance with light fittings. Soft furnishings and paint colour is the most enjoyable and final part of the process.
Hiring an interior designer with project management experience for your renovations will ensure that a professional approach is implemented throughout the project. They will oversee the planning and contractors for the duration of the project, scheduling regular site meetings which are vital for updates and troubleshooting, and they will also reiterate everything discussed at each meeting to the team by email – this is vital for referencing and implements additional assurance.
It is difficult for an Interior Designer to give an estimate for their services without meeting a client to get an overview of the “scope of works”, book an initial consultation with Regina and she will do a site visit, analyse your plans, get an overview of the project and then put together a design proposal with an estimate of cost.
Regina also offers a service, a one-off consultation that will assist you to create a “strategy” and “priority list” before you undertake a renovation or self build.