The intricate process of moving from your vision all the way through to completion of your project requires the interaction and interface of various resources. Many talents, skills and professions come into play. There is a smooth path available, or there is an erratic, rocky road!
Starting from a position of inexperience concerning how to anticipate, acquire and integrate all the needed elements can be daunting. When every step is new and unfamiliar, the resulting experiences can range anywhere from simple good luck all the way to intense frustration and even abandonment of the project (if only temporarily).
Being one’s own project coordinator and manager is certainly doable and can be satisfying. Preparing for that responsibility with guidance from a professional is what can make the telling difference. Flying blind in the process is just plain unnecessary -- and unwise.
Design professionals (in all aspects) have excellent, long-developed, and tested networks of resources, services and specializations. Those connections are an affiliation benefit that becomes available to you through your design team.
Those of you who are unfamiliar with how the process pulls together get to take advantage of that professional conduit, and, with its leads and guidance, have a great experience moving through your project.
Some clients want their project fully managed, coordinated and executed by a professional team only. Others want a “hands-on” involvement in concert with a design team. Still others want a do-it-yourself venture. The degree of knowledge, information, experience and guidance you access (need) will absolutely influence and determine the nature of the path and the quality of the outcome.
Consider your initial moves carefully. The more thoroughly armed you are with important insights, at the beginning of your project path, the less trouble is likely to develop. Often, the challenge of costs drives the early decisions concerning how much advice, guidance and help it seems wise to access. That is hard to determine if your envisioned design project is all new territory for you.
Exploratory consultative guidance is an excellent, modest up front investment. Mistakes due to inexperience, misinformation, assumptions and financial anxiety are avoidable. Make your venture an adventure you will enjoy and will navigate smartly.
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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