Investing in an interior designer can be a significant but a necessary financial commitment when planning project costs, and understanding what goes into a typical design project is an important part of evaluating the value of your investment. In fact, most people don’t know that an interior designer should be the first call you make when remodeling or building your home – even before the builder! This is because a good interior designer is really an interior architect and is the person who makes sure your home works for you – in every room, ceiling to floor and everything in between!
However, not all designers offer the same services, so you’ll also want to make sure you are aware of what value your designer adds to your project relative to what you invest. So what is the value of hiring us?
Professional insight and expertise
Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design is an award-winning design firm known for producing some of the most dazzling luxury interior projects in the Pacific Northwest. Some notable recognitions include:
- Street of Dreams 2018: Best of Show, Best Interior Design, Best Kitchen, Best Master Suite, Best Outdoor Living.
- Street of Dreams 2017: Judge’s Choice Awards for Best Interior Design, Master Suite
- Wolf Kitchen Design Contest winner (International competition)
- Best of Houzz 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014
- Serving Up Style: 2011 Judge’s Choice Award, People’s Choice Award
When you work with Wendy O’Brien, you benefit from this award-winning expertise and insight, with thoughtful design recommendations throughout the process. A UCLA design graduate, Wendy continues to stay current on design influences as member of the Homebuilder’s Association, and by attending the Las Vegas market each year to learn about new products, appliances, fixtures, and more. As a result, our clients aren’t just benefitting from billable hours spent on their projects, but also hundreds of additional hours spent on professional education, expertise and actually laying hands and eyes on new and upcoming products we can confidently recommend to them.
Comprehensive design documentation
Good design doesn’t just happen. It has to be thought out in advance. One of the ways we make that happen is by investing in putting together a good, solid set of comprehensive drawings and design documentation – making sure everything fits well in your space and functions as needed. For example, in a bathroom renovation that includes lighting, plumbing, cabinetry, flooring, shower tile, and backsplash, you might have four or five different contractors working on different parts of the project over different days. Solid drawings indicating exact placement of fixtures, tile layouts, etc. communicate the same vision to each contractor, minimizing confusion and on-the-spot decisions.
Avoid costly mistakes
The reality of a design project is that is can be chaotic, with lots of moving parts and lots of different people involved. A professional designer can help you avoid costly mistakes by identifying potential problems ahead of time and communicating a clear vision to everyone involved. When you’re already investing a significant amount in your home, the last thing you want is to have to rip out work that has already been done – incorrectly – because it was overlooked.
Having specified thousands of products from tile to furniture, the Wendy O’Brien team has a deep knowledge of products and product lines available to you, and we help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming array of choices when designing your home. As a certified dealer of many product lines, Wendy also receives trade discounts, which she is often able to pass along to clients – saving thousands off of retail prices over the course of a project.
Space planning expertise
When you work with Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning and Design, you’re not only going to get a result that looks amazing, but that also functions seamlessly with the way you live. We work with our clients to identify their unique needs, then integrate those needs into your floor plan, materials, etc.
Time and care
If you’ve ever tried to manage a design project on your own, you know how time consuming it is. The time and care that goes into the perfect space is significant, and it’s usually more than people realize. It isn’t as easy as picking out paint colors. On the contrary, there is a lot of work that is put in behind the scenes to create a space that inspires you, relaxes you, and brings joy to your life and the lives of those you love.