They’re too expensive.
I can do it myself using Pinterest and other websites.
It’s only a small bathroom.
A designer won’t listen to what I want.
The process takes too long.
Sound familiar? The good news: you’re not alone if you’ve ever had thoughts like these when contemplating whether to hire a designer for your remodeling project. The better news: the right designer can resolve all of these concerns and help get your dream bathroom designed faster and keep it on-budget.
Let’s take a look at these common misconceptions about hiring a designer and separate truth from fiction.
Hiring a designer is too expensive.
Most people approach a remodel with a specific budget in mind, which means that any money spent on a designer is money you won’t be able to spend on products and labor, right? Not necessarily.
It’s more useful to think of a designer in terms of value instead of cost. Not only do designers offer the wealth of their experience, which can offset their fee or even save you money by eliminating costly mistakes, but they often have relationships with product distributors that can help you save on everything from faucets to lighting and tile.
A full bathroom remodel frequently involves plumbing and electrical reconfigurations that require careful planning, product selection expertise and local regulatory approvals that the average homeowner might overlook, but that designers deal with on a daily basis. Designers can also add value by identifying elements that aren’t needed or offering insider tips on saving money without sacrificing style or functionality.
The other factor to consider when hiring a designer is the fee structure. These can vary from a flat fee to an hourly rate to a retainer-based system—each with its own merits. Our KOHLER Bathroom Design Service is of the flat fee variety and offers an online, one-on-one consultation with a professional designer.
Yes, it can be intimidating. But it shouldn’t be. Hiring a designer should be a comforting experience, like going to your favorite hairstylist for a new style. You provide inspirational images and then collaborate on texture, length and details before you begin. Interior design starts in much the same way. Begin the process with a list of questions and conversation topics. During this phase, the designer should do at least as much listening as talking, and if you feel intimidated or overwhelmed, they’re probably not the right designer for you.
I can design the bathroom myself using the internet
The internet has certainly made DIY design easier and more accessible, but it can be difficult and overwhelming to go from a portfolio of internet inspiration to a completed design for a new dream bathroom. Professional designers can interpret your ideas, identify potentially incompatible elements and create practical and cohesive designs that can leave you feeling like they somehow read your mind.
And while most homeowners approach a redesign focusing on specific elements that they want to update, professional designers take a whole-room approach to ensure each element complements every other. Designers are also able to offer design or product solutions that don’t often show up on inspiration websites and can address any ADA or accessibility issues so that the space meets the needs of everyone in the family.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t a role for doing your own online research, though. Being as prepared as possible before initiating your remodel will make the design process more efficient and can even reduce the construction timeline for your project. Websites like Pinterest, Houzz and the like can help you determine the styles, colors and textures that appeal to you.
It’s only a small bathroom.
Redesigning a small bathroom can be more complicated than a large one specifically because of the lack of space. From storage solutions to fixture selection and arrangement, making the most of limited space is one of the best reasons for hiring a designer.
Not every bathroom update needs a designer’s insight and assistance, however. If it’s more of a refresh than a remodel (simply painting the walls and replacing the sink faucet, for example), go ahead and trust your gut or bounce some ideas off a close friend or a KOHLER® Showroom consultant.
A designer won’t listen to what I want and will take over the project.
Your bathroom remodel should reflect your personality and style, so it can be exceptionally frustrating to lose control over the redesign of your own living space. The best way to avoid this is by carefully choosing your designer and maintaining open and honest lines of communication throughout the process.
Designers, like anyone else, have their personal styles and preferences, but they also understand that they’re not creating a bathroom for themselves. While it can help finding a designer with whom you share similar tastes, far more important is finding one who is a good listener and can translate what you say into samples and styles that resonate.
Good designers will include you in the process as much as possible and strive to create a design that you love—but they won’t be offended if you don’t care for something they present. Don’t worry about hurting their feelings. No one’s interest is served by telling designers that you like something you don’t. If things start to veer off course, speak up and let them know how to get things back on track.
Customer satisfaction is the top priority for our KOHLER Bathroom Design Service, and we’ve found that giving our clients a strong voice in the process results in a more collaborative experience and far greater satisfaction overall. We also provide detailed design renderings that let you visualize exactly how the room is going to look, increasing your confidence in the end result.
The process takes too long.
Remodeling your bathroom is a major undertaking and shouldn’t be rushed. But it’s also important to stick with the effort once it has begun. The KOHLER Bathroom Design Service process is structured to take 30 days from initial meeting to final design. Although that amount of time is ideal for the process we’ve developed, we have also worked with clients who needed a design turned around in as little as a week. Easy and convenient online consultations make the process flexible to accommodate client schedules.
No matter where you go to hire a designer, however, it is important to make yourself available for consultations and feedback so that the designer feels that you are as invested in the process as he or she is. And remember, one of the great benefits to hiring a designer is the amount of free time you get back that would otherwise be spent poring over websites in search of the right products and materials. Your time is valuable—enjoy it while your designer does the heavy lifting.
Still wondering if you should hire a professional designer for your next project? Contact our KOHLER Bathroom Design Service and let them know what you have in mind. He or she can walk you through the design process and help put your mind at ease.