I was just having a conversation on Monday with a client and an architect. There was a spec home recently completed in this client’s neighborhood. She is not a fan and the three of us have been watching it go up. It’s on the market for $6M. The interiors are not in keeping with the exterior. (If the interior finishes are too vanilla or just not well done, it’s going to cause the home to sit on the market for a lot longer.) Why put that kind of money into something and not have it done right? It happens too often. Some builders look at designers especially, but also architects, as an “extra expense,” and the resulting structure sits there or doesn’t sell well. Our experience has proven that with a good designer and architect, you will get a good return on your design investment.
This return may take the form, when the time comes, of being able to sell the home faster and for more money. We designed the interiors for a house in Vail. Prior to this, the couple had hoped to sell it for $10M. Instead, they ended up keeping and furnishing it with our help, staying for a couple of years, then selling. They put it on the market for $14M. That’s appreciation in value.
As a second example, I worked with one particular client several times, including designing the interiors for their home in Paradise Valley. It sold in 3 days.
The people who bought the home brought in a designer from New York. They painted it all-white and took out the gorgeous stone fireplace we’d chosen and put in grey stacked stone; this was not at all in keeping with the Mediterranean style of the home and the wrong color. Everything else was warm and golden. Now it has white walls, a grey stacked stone fireplace, and warm floors. That house sat on the market for almost two years before it sold for less than what they paid for it.
If you are like many of my clients, you value good design. You like to collaborate and enjoy working with professionals to get the results you want. We have a long track record of working with clients who are highly successful in their own fields and appreciate this trait in others.
We offer an additional benefit that it would be difficult to put a price tag on ... We work really hard to make sure your home is personalized, unique to you, reflecting your taste and your life. Your home will feel good for you and, when you come home, will feel like a good place to be. You will feel comfortable and proud of your home and the ways it reflects who you are and what you’ve achieved.
Finally, there’s the experience of actively seeing your hopes for your home come to life. This boils down to teamwork, which can end up saving you money. If we put the entire team together early in the process, before the builder creates a bid based on allowances you will get what you want. When we start making selections and presenting ideas, then we can make sure we are only presenting things that fit in the budget ... or have the conversation if it doesn’t.
You invest more than money in your home. There’s an emotional investment and a time investment, too. Why risk getting anything less than exactly what you want? Our process, people, and end results offer you the optimal return on your design investment.