Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer
Featuring a mountain-modern aesthetic inside and sweeping views of the Blue River Valley outside, Summit Sky Ranch is one of the latest development communities to pop up in Summit County. With eight floor plans spread across 240 units—ranging from 2,030 square feet to 3,431 square feet—Summit Sky Ranch is just one example of the building boom in the area. According to the Summit County Building Inspection Department, 852 building permits were issued in 2017—up from 710 in 2016 and 644 in 2015.
As demand for real estate is high and available land to build is waning, purchasing in a development community can be a great way for homeowners to get a foot in the door of this hot mountain market. Though these homes tend to be a bit more cookie cutter than their completely custom counterparts, there are certainly some perks to purchasing within a development: An HOA charged with upkeep is ideal for homeowners who don’t live nearby, while resort-like amenities—in the case of Summit Sky Ranch, a $4 million recreational center with a hot tub, an observatory, and even a private lake and beach—create a sense of community.
Additionally, the design process during the building stage of development homes is typically streamlined, as homeowners are given fewer options when it comes to choosing basics like cabinetry, countertops, tile, and flooring. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn't hire an interior designer. On the contrary, the assistance of a professional may be even more beneficial for development homes—here’s why.
They’ll help you pick the right furnishings. When you walk into a house, you can tell if the homeowner worked with a professional versus purchasing everything themselves, say interior designers. “A lot of clients tell me, ‘I bought this sofa and these pillows and this coffee table, but for some reason I don’t like it because they don’t all go together.’ That’s where we come in. We can make sure we pick and choose items that look cohesive,” says Collective interior designer Catherine Lykins. She encourages her clients—including the family she’s designing for in Summit Sky Ranch—to use sites like Pinterest and Houzz to nail down their style and vision.
They’ll personalize your home. Hiring an interior designer early on in the process of building your development home is key to achieving a customized look. Though you may be restricted by the builder’s standard fixtures, an interior designer can help you infuse the space with your individual style. “Paint color is always a good go-to. It’s the easiest and most inexpensive thing you can do [to personalize]. Changing out light fixtures can also make a room very different,” says Collective lead designer Emily Conley, who was tasked with creating turnkey furnishing options for homeowners in Blue River Flats, a condo development along the Blue River in Silverthorne. Beyond paint and lights, small tweaks to plumbing fixtures and cabinetry hardware, or creating an accent wall with barn wood, wallpaper, or shiplap, can have a big impact in making your home feel personalized and unique—even when your layout, cabinetry, and tile is similar to your neighbor’s.
Your home will have one-of-a-kind pieces. With their exclusive access to to-the-trade furnishings—meaning, items that aren’t available to the general public—an interior designer will make sure your home stands out. “If you go to Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware to buy your furniture, you may have the same bar stools that everybody else has,” says Collective lead designer Lisa Yates, who, like Lykins, has been hired to design a Summit Sky Ranch unit. “But when you go through a designer, everything is much more thought out and curated, and pieced together in a more thoughtful way.”
They’ll save you money. Interior designers are often able to score discounts on to-the-trade items because of their relationships with vendors. And now that Collective is revealing its own showroom in Frisco this fall—Collective Design Group—the cost savings will benefit homeowners even more. “With the addition of our furnishing showroom, we are now getting the best pricing we could possibly get from most of our vendors, which means we’re able to pass along that savings to our clients as well,” says Yates.
Your home will be move-in ready. Whether you have artwork to hang or a family heirloom light fixture to install, working with an interior designer means you don’t have to worry about anything. “Most clients don’t live here [full time] so we order everything—we track it, receive it, store it, and install it,” says Yates. “You need a full kitchen of stuff? We can get it. You need bathroom stuff? We can get it. You need hangers for your closet? We’ll do it. Our goal is basically to have the clients just show up. The lamps are on, the candles are lit, and they just arrive and all they really have to do is grocery shop.”