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 ‘ love with the scheme and there is excitement in wanting to see the project develop that gives me an enormous amount of satisfaction. I love being able to find products which my clients love and would never have thought about looking for themselves, whether it be the perfect fabric or wallpaper, or a flooring they were too nervous to use without my help to visualise it.
What are the most frequently asked questions your customers want answers to? At the moment I have a lot of queries regarding space planning. After months of staying at home we have all had to adapt to spending much more time indoors and I am being asked how their homes can be reconfigured in order to flow better or be more productive.
I have taken measurements from several clients homes and played around with the layout on a 3D programme in order to see how best to arrange furniture, or how to create a better home working environment. A two dimensional plan is okay, however, to put it into 3D really shows you how a space can work. I would always recommend you lay newspaper down on the floor to the size of the piece you are looking at before you commit to buy, this will hopefully stop you from making an error of judgement.
What is the hardest part of your job?
Probably managing the clients expectations, which cannot always be fulfilled. Sometimes there are several entrances into a room, maybe up to three or four, making furniture placement tricky. This problem is common when two rooms have been knocked into one creating a long narrow space and even then my magic wand only works if there is a little
“Interior designers look at a set of plans in a different way to an architect. . . . (there are) things which cost money to move, or redesign later, so paying for a couple of hours consultation with an interior designer can save you time and money.”
If you have a questions for Jane or would like her advice on interior design call 01284 763770 or 07749 361254. Alternatively email info@janecappleman.co.uk
www.janecappleman.co.uk
Jane at home with Parsons Jack Russell Monty Image: Andy Abbott
bit of fairy dust! The best outcome in this situation is to find a compromise or to accept that some structural work may need to be considered.
How much does it cost to hire an interior designer and what benefits will they bring? Instructing an interior designer in the early stages of a project can be hugely beneficial. From my experience, especially at the planning stage, interior designers look at a set of plans in a different way to an architect. The number of plug and light sockets required, where they should be situated, which way a door opens or a window shape that may look good on paper but is impractical or near impossible to find a treatment for. These are all things which cost money to move or redesign at a later stage so paying for a couple of hours consultation with an interior designer can save you time and money. Most interior designers will meet with a prospective client and give them a clear indication of their costs and the services they can offer.
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