Design Challenges…and where to find solutions

Modsy recently published their 2020 State of the Home Report, and one of the areas they covered was the results of a survey to their users. This is specific to the US but in general I find the same issues are faced by homeowners in the UK.


39% of respondents had budget as their top challenge

How do you plan and save enough to do the work you want to do on your kitchen? How do you keep your bathroom renovation from becoming more expensive than you can afford? How do you get everything you want out of your living room overhaul for your money?

First, you need to know what things roughly cost, what you care about the most, and then you can start finding specific items to fill your list of needs and balance it against your available budget and priorities. We are building a budget calculator to help, but if you want to use our Budget Planning service in the meantime, you can email us at

How to Start

32% of respondents were stumped with where to begin the whole process

Where DO you start? With an architect? With an interior designer? With a builder? With Pinterest? It’s hard to know what you need to know or who to ask first, especially if you’re the first of your friends to go through the process or on your own where you live.

It’s going to vary with where you are, who you are, and what exactly you’re going to have done to your house. If you’re going to do anything structural, you need an architect, a structural engineer, and a builder. If you know what you’re doing exactly and there’s a structural implication (i.e. knocking through a wall) you can go straight to the structural engineer. If you know exactly what you want and there’s no structural implications (i.e. stripping out and redoing a bathroom) you can go straight to a builder. And if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing or what you can even do (i.e. building an extension or a loft) you need an architect.

Beyond the professional help, we always say to start with the design. You need to know what you like and what style you’re going for before you start picking things like floors and colours and tiles and cabinets – and you need to know those before you can get an accurate quote or even find the right tradesperson to help. More on that in our Design section here.

No Time

11% of respondents felt they did not have time to plan and manage their home project

This one is more of a fact than a challenge that can be overcome – it takes a LOT of time and energy to undertake a home renovation, or even just a re-design. More and more services are popping up to help, but at the end of the day, no one cares about your home more than you do, and that means in order for it to be the best result at the end of the process, you have to be involved in a lot of the decisions and management.

We offer a full design service and project management service to help you if you want to offload some of the time and effort required to undertake a home renovation, or you can use one of these online design services. Both of these have tools to help 3D render, but are only available for simple rooms like living rooms and bedrooms.

My Bespoke Room

Home By Me

And Floorplanner is a great tool for helping you visualise and design your home yourself.

Small Space

12% of the respondents were struggling to make a small space serve all their needs while still being stylish.

Finding the best way to maximise a small space can transform the way you live in your home, but it takes practice, and a lot of creativity. Pinterest is full of ideas to inspire, or you can hire a professional designer to find those corners of extra storage or come up with the perfect layout and furnishings to make a small seem spacious.

Too big

4% of respondents didn’t know what to do with all the space they had

If you’re lucky enough to have a large home, the flip side of this luxury is knowing what to do with all the room, and furnishing a larger space so it doesn’t feel empty and cold. And if your budget is limited for just filling everywhere with ‘stuff’, you need some creative ideas to design a cohesive home.

If you would like our help with your small space design, project management, budget planning, or any other design challenge, it might be our favourite challenge to solve! Email and we will outline our available service options.