Remodeling? When to hire a designer.

Getting ready to remodel your kitchen, bath, or whole house?  Shortly after you start thinking about the project is most likely the time to hire a designer!  Designers can offer services to help you establish a clear vision from the beginning of the project. 

At Bee Studios, we work under the mentality that we design your project in it's entirety BEFORE the first hammer is swung.  It's easy to make modifications on paper, a lot harder to make design decisions as the project is underway.  (Granted we understand it is remodeling and on site things are bound to come up!) 

Step 1:  What is your inspo?  What personalty do you want your space to have? When you are sitting on the sofa in the evening, grab your phone and check out some online pics and save a few images that you are drawn to. We always say- don't get caught up on the exact layout or materials (that's our job!), rather tag images that you are drawn to the feel or vibe. Casual? Light and bright? Chic and formal? Ornately detailed? Every space has a vibe- or it's personality.  We want to understand yours!  Here's my personal inspo board!

 Sources Top L to R: Jennifer Hoey Interior Design, CBC Builds, Studio McGee Middle L to R: Phoebe Joy Photography, unknown, Bee Studios Bottom L to R: unknown, Kallista, Bee Studios

Sources Top L to R: Jennifer Hoey Interior Design, CBC Builds, Studio McGee
Middle L to R: Phoebe Joy Photography, unknown, Bee Studios
Bottom L to R: unknown, Kallista, Bee Studios

Step 2: Contact us to get started! During this phase we handle everything from measurements, computer drafting and renderings, curating your materials selections, tile drawings, fixture selections, lighting plans. You name it, we handle it.  We will review niche locations in showers. And outlet locations on island.  We go over ALL the details to make your project run as smooth as possible. We can help establish ball park budgets based on historical data and similar scope projects.

 3D Rendering for an upcoming beach front kitchen

3D Rendering for an upcoming beach front kitchen

Step 3: During the planning and design process, we will bring in a recommended contractor to assess the feasibility and give insight into the construction of the job. Walls, electrical, plumbing components- are we good to proceed with the plan?  And what do you need to except during your project? This will require an on site visit at the project location.

 This photo is for a current project in process - this was a site visit post demo.

This photo is for a current project in process - this was a site visit post demo.

Step 4: Bid time and ordering! Time to get final contracts, sign off on the job, and get materials ordered. While we are waiting for your finished materials to come in, the contractor is securing your project permits.

Step 5: Demo and construction start! How exciting. Months and months of planning and scheming, and we are finally ready to begin.  Demo day is always exciting. Usually the homeowners have moved out or we have setup a temporary living space in their home. Demo can be loud, messy, and dirty - so be sure to plan your life and home accordingly.

 A project we just completed. This is a view during heavy demo and mechanicals. The clients moved out during this project- and I bet they are glad they did!

A project we just completed. This is a view during heavy demo and mechanicals. The clients moved out during this project- and I bet they are glad they did!

Step 6: Final touches. The heavy lifting is over, the mess is cleaned up, and now it's time to put those final designer touches on your space.  Then sit back and enjoy!

 Final project- Designed and styled by Bee Studios. Photos by: Native House Photography

Final project- Designed and styled by Bee Studios. Photos by: Native House Photography

We hope you found some valuable information if you are considering a large whole house renovation.  We look forward to hearing more about your design and remodeling project and taking some of that stress away!

"Curated spaces, designed for living"
Happy day dreaming!
Brooke