Make most of ex­pert help

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Be­fore tak­ing on a project, it’s crit­i­cal to not un­der­es­ti­mate the time in­volved. Build­ing and renovations all take time and de­lays are com­mon. In ex­treme cases, cou­ples have been driven to di­vorce due to the stress. “A ma­jor kitchen ren­o­va­tion can eas­ily take up to a year to com­plete,” says Sala­mon. “De­lays can hap­pen at dif­fer­ent stages of a project.”

Ev­ery­body’s con­cerned about keep­ing to a bud­get. Change to a de­sign at the in­cep­tion is ex­pected, but when changes are re­quested af­ter the de­sign is fi­nal­ized, you can get headaches.

A sim­ple ex­am­ple is the client who de­cides to pur­chase an ap­pli­ance or two larger than the al­lo­cated space - usu­ally 30 inches for a re­frig­er­a­tor or stove. Cabi­net­mak­ers can some­times find a few cen­time­tres to ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra girth, but “99 per cent of the time, they can’t, without it af­fect­ing some­thing else,” says Sala­mon, who spe­cial­ized in kitchens and bath­rooms.

In most such cases, “the de­signer has to go back and re­vamp the draw­ings - which is time-con­sum­ing, costly and con­trib­utes to de­lays.”

Most peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate a room’s light­ing re­quire­ments. Don’t rely on pic­tures from home fash­ion mag­a­zines, says Sala­mon. A pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher aug­ments a room’s light­ing with his own to make pic­tures more ef­fec­tive. What looks good in one set­ting may not be suit­able for ev­ery kitchen.

If us­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient flu­o­res­cent or LED lights, she rec­om­mends in­clud­ing in the mix some in­can­des­cent lights to warm things up in the room. Us­ing the for­mer will make a room seem cooler, be­cause they have a blue hue.

When peo­ple down­size, they should con­sider re­plac­ing over­sized so­fas that over­power a room. Pur­chase fur­ni­ture that is size-ap­pro­pri­ate for the space. Hint: You know the piece is too large when it won’t fit through the door.

“Mea­sure and mask out the out­line of the new piece on the floor be­fore you bring it home from the store,” ad­vises Tony Martin, owner of Monarch Fur­nish­ings. “Walk around it and make sure it’s not in the way of doors, etc.” If pos­si­ble, bring home a fab­ric swatch, as well, be­cause the light­ing in a store is very dif­fer­ent from a home en­vi­ron­ment.

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