CONSIDERING A NEW BUILD, A RENOVATION
OR DIALING UP THE VOLUME WITH SOME ROOM CHANGES ?
The FAQ’s listed below will answer some of the questions you may have.
ONE OF THE MOST COMMON MYTHS ABOUT WORKING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER
IS THAT IT WILL COST TOO MUCH.
Interior Designers work with you to help you get the most for your designing dollar.
YOU MAY FIND THAT THE PRICE OF DOING YOUR PROJECT WITHOUT A DESIGNER
SIMPLY JUST ISN'T WORTH IT.
TOP 10 WAYS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER CAN SAVE YOU MONEY:
By helping you avoid costly mistakes in their knowledge and experience in the build and design process.
By being aware of the thousands of details that make the difference between a good project and a great project.
By referring reliable contractors whom they hold to their highest standards and whom they know to be respectful of your time and of your budget.
By considering the pros and cons of various materials, allocating the most bang for your buck and advising where less costly quality materials may possibly be used.
By offering many practical and valuable suggestions you may not have thought about.
By selecting products and materials that meet your budget and design requirements.
By helping you create an overall vision for your project and providing you with meaningful, beautiful and cohesive spaces.
By finding creative ways to refresh, reuse and recycle your existing furniture, materials and accessories.
By having access to thousands of products, materials and finishes, which are available to the design trade only at wholesale prices.
By being cognizant of design features that will add value and appeal, and which will speak to numerous buyers, when it is time to sell.
BENEFITS OF A COLLABORATION WITH DI BARKER
HOBY & ALANNA DARLING ~ Oct 2011
Our happiness with Di Barker is summed up by the following statement made by my husband casually last week
(nearly three years after working with Di and after having worked with another professional since we moved out of Oregon) :
"Wherever we live next, we are hiring Di and never hiring anyone else."
Di understood our design preferences right out of the gate and she created the exact feel and look that we were hoping for. Di is also a bargain hunter. She loves finding deals for great quality products and showing you the money saved. She kept us informed about every aspect of the projects and related timelines and met and/or exceeded set deadlines.
Di also managed all of the service providers so well, that we did not have to interfere or manage quality finishes,
( unlike I have had to do with a recent remodel. )
Building a new home, or renovating an existing home, is time consuming as well as extremely stressful.
I am able to relieve you of all the details, coordinate all the material selections and facilitate the completion of the entire project.
I am experienced in new construction and remodeling projects as well as in investment properties and second homes.
I am knowledgeable in the build and the design process as well as the tradespeople and the products.
I am able to offer many practical suggestions you may not have thought about.
I can help you create an overall vision for your project and provide you with beautiful, cohesive spaces.
I am a designer who loves to work with what you have, finding creative ways to refresh, reuse and recycle existing furniture, accessories and materials.
I have access to thousands of products, materials and finishes; many of which are only available to the trade.
What is "to-the-trade"?
To-the-trade showrooms do not operate like a retail store. They sell their merchandise exclusively to interior designers, architects and design stores at wholesale prices.
"I have earned the respect and trust of my clients in handling the many organizational complexities of a remodel, renovation, or new construction by ensuring their budgets and investments are managed respectfully."
I love transforming existing spaces into something that function better for you and for your lifestyle.
I work through the design details, guide you through fixture and finish selections, detail all the specifications to put out to bid and implement, revise bids and oversee installation.
Following selections, I am able to provide you and your builder with specifications that clearly communicate every detail in an organized manner.
I communicate effectively to reduce errors, prevent omissions and delays as well as manage costs.
Not only am I creative; I am a sound businessperson with years of experience of managing multimillion-dollar projects.
I hold my contractors as well as my vendors, to the highest standards.
I assist in keeping your project running on time and on budget.
I am familiar with the thousands of details that make the difference between a good project and a great project.
In addition to advising on color, fabric, furniture and furnishings, I have an in-depth knowledge of flooring, wall coverings, windows, finishes, hardware, flooring, lighting among many other elements involved in completing a room or a project.
SARAH GEORGE ~ Nov 2013
" Di Barker is amazing!
She has so many creative and innovative ideas. She is so easy to talk to, actively listens, and is engaging and intelligent. She asks questions and makes suggestions to help to steer you towards your ideal vision. She strives to ensure that you are not only happy with the outcome, but comfortable and excited about your new home. I would easily and happily recommend her to anyone as she is a joy to work with, always follows through with what she says she will do, and does this in a timely manner.
She will surpass your expectations! "