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Building your own home or adding to an existing one is a major undertaking and can be stressful as well as hugely rewarding. Whilst architects and builders specialise in construction, they dont tend to deal much with colour, fabric and furnishings – the final 10% that actually make up 90% of the overall impression for most people. What height to hang your curtains, what paint to use on the stairs, what colours to use on a north facing house and who does what on site – these can be confusing to someone not used to specifying interiors.

Sourcing, measuring up and ordering products also has its own headaches, with valuable time being wasted on looking for products in an unknown area or specifying the wrong fabric for curtains or at price that makes them unaffordable. A little bit of experience can save a lot of money, and if the client wants to purchase curtains or furnishings through Balance Designs network of trade accounts then the hours charged sourcing and specifying are taken off the purchase price to make this service economical to use.

Once approaching the build, it may be helpful to have an agent working alongside you to sanity check what tradesmen are proposing or to check quality on installations and fittings. Likewise to flag up the need for an order of works and payment schedule from your tradespeople so as you are not left vulnerable on site.

Sourcing, specifying, measuring up and project management are charged at an hourly rate of £60 including VAT

Building your own home or adding to an existing one is a major undertaking and can be stressful as well as hugely rewarding. Whilst architects and builders specialise in construction, it pays to have someone help analyse what and how YOU want to use your new space so that power points, lighting, walls and furniture can all be sited at the planning stage and colours and styles of kitchen cabinetry, flooring and worktops can be established before purchase so every item works well with the next.

Likewise, if you’re building an extension, you may need help marrying the old with the new so that the new space blends seamlessly into the existing framework rather than looking like a clunky bolt on. A well planned loft or extension should also unlock potential in existing rooms which you may need help maximising.

Founded in 2009 by director Vicki Wharton following completion of a certificate in interior design at industry specialist KLC College of Interior Design, Vicki spent the next six years working as a senior designer in the Dulux Design Service. Drawing on her previous experience in communications, she developed a system in presenting and guiding client choice around materials that ensures each client’s preferences stay front and centre of every design. Specialising in working with people who have not used an interior designer before, Balance Design prides itself on bringing creative, approachable and practical interior solutions to homes throughout London and the Home Counties.

With a number of fixed price packages designed to make the design process as transparent, affordable and attractive as possible, Balance Design’s aim is to make interior design accessible to the majority of people that want their home to look great on their budget with accounts in all the major fabric, wallpaper and furnishing manufacturers as well as a pool of skilled and pleasant tradespeople.