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Few things are more exciting than building a new home or watching your old one change before your eyes. And the person who will affect the outcome of your project the most is usually the architect. His or her plan will dictate the ultimate appearance and function of the home, as well as the financial costs and...
6 Reasons to Hire a Home Design Professional
Who hasn’t heard that regular trips to the dentist can prevent the spread of tooth decay? Even though sitting in that chair isn’t the most enjoyable way to spend time, most of us know that a dentist has the knowledge and expertise to check all aspects...
8 Things Interior Designers Want You to Know
Have you been dreaming of hiring an interior designer? Wondering if hiring a designer is right for you, or just want to know more about what the process is really like? We asked two Best of Houzz interior designers, Kate O’Hara of Martha...
10 Things Decorators Want You to Know About What They Do
Are you curious about what decorators do? Ever wonder where those fees go, what they do all day or how they come up with fresh ideas? Read on for answers from three professional interior decorators who offer their take on the job, working with clients...
17 Things Color Consultants Want You to Know
“A typical color consultation client is someone who has already taken 10 trips to the paint store, has stacks of paint swatches, has samples painted on the walls and can't make up their minds what to do," says Mary Nolte of Kaleidoscope...
5 Things LEED Interior Designers Want You to Know
If you are interested in going greener at home, you have likely run into the term "LEED" or "LEED Certified." LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program developed by the U.S. Green...
5 Steps to Help You Hire the Right Contractor
Building your dream home is one of the most exciting things you'll ever do, but all that excitement comes with a lot of responsibility. Hiring the best general contractor for you and your project is an extremely important decision....
How to Work With a Professional Organizer
Raise your hand if "Get organized!" topped your New Year's resolutions list (again). Now put it down if you've already fallen off the wagon. Don't feel bad: It happens to most of us. But if clutter...
How to Work With a Kitchen Designer
Whether your kitchen needs a minor face lift or a complete gut job, soliciting help from a certified kitchen designer can be well worth the investment. The rule of thumb: If a kitchen project costs more than a few hundred dollars, it may be time to call...
How to Work With a Remodeler
Lifestyles evolve over time, and so do our homes. Babies are born; kids grow up and leave the nest; aging parents join the household. And even if a house functions just the way it needs to, changing design trends and new materials can leave older spaces...
How to Work With an Interior Designer
When most people think about hiring an interior designer, they zero in on aesthetics: wall colors, window treatments, pillow patterns. But that's just scratching the surface of what a designer can add to a home. These pros go beyond cosmetic concerns...
What to Look for in a Contractor's Contract
A contractor without a contract is just a worker and his or her word. Even the most honest person would be hard-pressed to keep track of all the conversations that go into planning for the average construction project. That's where a good contract...
How to Work With an Upholsterer
A good upholsterer can be one of the most invaluable pros on your home improvement list. Not only can he or she give a threadbare or dowdy piece of furniture a stylish new face, but an upholsterer also can craft one-of-a-kind decorative elements that...
Inside Houzz: An Interior Design Match Made Right Here
Dana and Patrick Knorr didn't really know anyone in Seattle after moving there from Kansas and buying a 1970s house. So when they needed a designer to help them remodel, they didn't have a network of friends or resources to tap. Patrick got...
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