Working with a design team can help you refine your style, save time and money, keep projects on track, and create the kitchen (or home) of your dreams. The flip side of working with a team lies in the potential for conflict—a “too many cooks in the kitchen” situation, pun intended!
Last week we went over some of the differences between interior and kitchen designers. This week we want to offer some tips to homeowners who opt to work with both to help make your team effort a success.
Work Together from the Start
Gathering your team, introducing people, and getting a plan on paper will set your renovation up for success. Your contractor, kitchen designer, interior designer—and perhaps an architect, if you’re using one—can establish a personal rapport, while you make important decisions about timelines, budgets, and design.
Establish a Communication Schedule
Determine how often and when you want to communicate with the members of your renovation team, as well as who will be looped in on collaborative decision-making. Be detailed about your vision, goals, and expectations at the beginning, and revisit them frequently.
Technology can also be your friend here—a group text is a great idea. Just remember to set boundaries about off-limit/late night texts (except emergencies).
Clearly Defined Roles
When you’re talking about a creative endeavor that involves design, work overlap is inevitable. However, if you clearly define roles and responsibilities in the early stages of a project, you’ll avoid unnecessary conflict later.
Stop in to Cabinets & Designs, or call us at 713-627-8970 to make an appointment to work with one of our talented kitchen designers. Don’t forget to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Houzz!