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: 

  • Choosing who is on your team and what their roles will be

  • The importance of clear and upfront communication with your client

  • Why it is imperative to stay in control of your renovation project

If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to go back and listen to the last two episodes, where I go into more details about the bizarre set of circumstances surrounding the home renovation show slated for the new Magnolia Channel.

In this episode, I am doing a bit of a recap and follow-up on the past two episodes surrounding the Magnolia Channel drama. I received quite a few comments and questions regarding this topic, and today I want to talk about choosing the right team members for your project and what you can (and should) expect from them.

As most people already know, I am ALL about communication.

As a designer, there is nothing wrong with telling a client if you don’t have experience in a specific area but you do have experience in another. If you’re not honest with them upfront and just try to wing it, you may be on the hook paying for mistakes that are made when things start going south.

It is important to have open and honest communication with all of your team members throughout the project. Who is your point of contact? How are you going to communicate with each other? When are you meeting and how frequently?

Homeowners – if you’re working with a contractor and you think he’s going to help you more than he is actually going to help you, it might be a good idea to add an interior designer to your team.

Designers – if you’re brought on to a team, trust your gut. If something feels a little “off” then don’t join that team, you’ll only regret it in the end.

I want to empower you all to put together the team that you need for your project and then stay in charge and manage it throughout the process.

My intent for diving into these recent episodes is for all of us to learn together so that we can prove that projects CAN run smoothly and successfully whether you hire an interior designer or not, as long as you know who is on your team, what they will be providing, and what you need to do as an equal team member.

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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