By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

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What you will learn from this episode: 

  • Why working on your own projects is very different from working with clients

  • How to get more experience if you’re still new to the industry

  • The importance of not cutting corners in construction

For the second half of this two-part series, I specifically wanted to talk to the interior designers out there.

This doesn’t mean that homeowners won’t learn anything from what I am discussing in this episode, so please stay with me.

I promise you won’t be disappointed.

To summarize this story, after working on home renovation projects for over ten years, Andy and Candis Meredith, a design couple from Utah, decided to start working with clients and was given a show on the Magnolia Network called Home Work. A few of their clients were extremely unhappy with this couple’s work and wanted to bring their stories to light.

What the Merediths didn’t realize is that working on your own renovation project is totally different than working with clients. When working with clients, you are managing THEIR expectations, THEIR selections, and THEIR budgets, not yours.

You need to take all of these things very seriously because it’s not your money to spend, it’s theirs.

After being in this industry for over 29 years, I know without a doubt that there is just no way these shows are pulling off what they claim to be pulling off in the timeframes they say and with the budgets that they give. It just doesn’t add up.

As an interior designer, it’s your job to manage, maintain, and stay within the budget set for the project.

Projects can and do go over budget on occasion and for good reason, but they should NOT go over by mistake.

Designers, please hear me when I say that these shows are for entertainment only but they do impact our industry. I want people out there to stop slamming our entire industry when talking about stories like these.

As designers, we can fix this!

Please join me in elevating our industry by taking charge of your projects and running them like they should be run.

Be sure to listen all the way to the end of this episode, as I recorded another brief update after the original recording. Things seem to be moving very quickly, and I wanted to make you aware of the latest happenings surrounding this story.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to go back and listen to part one of this series, where I discuss the red flags homeowners need to look out for to avoid the disasters that others have experienced. You don’t want to miss either of these episodes.

If you have a topic you’d like me to discuss connect with me on social media @devignierdesign or send me an email at

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