Interior designer reviews kitchen during construction for installation, electrical and plumbing issues to prevent future mistakes.

The Value of the Interior Designer at the Construction Site

Interior designers at a construction site are crucial to the success of your remodeling or new construction project. A professional interior designer assists in the many decisions that require attention during this process.

Construction is a complicated endeavor and must include all the necessary groundwork to complete the desired result, whether it is for a single powder room or a large home addition. Your interior designer can help you formulate the design you are dreaming about and guide you throughout the process. I usually work with a team consisting of myself as the interior designer, the client, the architect, the contractor, and all of the different specialists and tradespeople that will be required to achieve the total project. Working together accommodates all the different pieces of the puzzle in order to move the project along efficiently.

The interior designer prepares the planning phase, which acts as a roadmap for the intricacies of various elements required to achieve the desired result. The plan is complete with furniture layouts including the necessary space allocations and requirements such as electrical and lighting. The designer prepares this thoughtful design with these implementation issues in mind.

Interior Designer reviews construction site with final result in mind.
Designer at construction site identifies potential mistakes.

As your designer, I can educate you in the process and the options available. I simplify the confusion by understanding your needs and designing a plan that works for your lifestyle while achieving your aesthetic goals.

The Designer and the Builder

The designer/builder relationship is extremely important. Working together effectively to achieve the same goal helps bring the project to a successful completion. Having studied Architecture, I have a strong understanding with the bones of a building, a deep respect the construction trade, and love for being at construction sites.

Designers support the contractor and/or builder by providing necessary information, answering critical questions and working with a common language to facilitate communication through all parties. Designers save you time and money on a project during the construction phase by:

  • Advocating for the client and watching to see that the construction follows the design vision to completion.
  • Streamlining the construction process by assisting in the coordination of tradesmen and product deliveries.
  • Communicating the design direction and smart home, audio video or decorative issues for future installations.
  • Brainstorming with the builder to solve onsite surprises discovered in the building structure.
  • Pointing out potential issues, quickly preventing mistakes and modifying the design when necessary, which will save you money.
  • Our familiarity and expertise with the whole design plan gives us the unique vision to see how each phase leads us to the final product.

Case Study: Project rescued by on-site designer

I recently visited a project for the addition of a handicapped bedroom along with an additional garage. A licensed architect prepared the plans for the approval of the building department. There was a floor plan with generic furniture but it did not take into consideration all the necessary equipment and electrical requirements to support them. Upon review of the architectural plans, I suggested a different interior layout providing a smoother traffic flow for the child, family and care-givers as well as significant equipment allocations within a bank of custom cabinetry.

Fortunately, I arrived prior to the framing and was able to work with the contractor to adjust the plans. We relocated several previously purchased windows, electrical outlets and lighting to accommodate the new interior design. On the following visit to review cabinetry specifications, I noticed that a vent had already been placed in the structure where a display shelf was designed. My relationship with the contractor by then was comfortable and I completely understood what it would take and how much of his time it would entail to relocate it. I promised to review the cabinetry layout to see if I could accommodate the existing duct. I revised the drawings leaving the duct in place without compromising the design of the cabinetry or the room.

Your Project

I will often visit my construction sites during the project when I know there may be crucial observations to prevent future issues. This is especially true on bathroom and kitchen designs. I may see a water pipe in the wrong location or a ceiling detail that needs adjustment or missing blocking required for a floating shower bench or grab bar. These visits are made at various phases of the project: during the framing phase, while wiring for electric, and before installations such as flooring, cabinetry, and wallcovering. A quick review with the tradesman will prevent hours of unnecessary anguish later on when it may be too late to correct. My clients are aware that I will visit the sites and I coordinate them directly with the contractor or the tradespeople. Site visits are usually charged at my hourly fee and they are well worth the value of a smoothly run project.

Interior designer reviews kitchen during construction for installation, electrical and plumbing issues to prevent future mistakes.
Kitchen construction site: review cabinetry installation, electrical and plumbing locations and cabinetry installation.

After successfully completing a project with an interior designer, contractors often welcome our input and clear vision understanding that we work as a team to move the project along efficiently and to a thoughtful result. After one of my meetings with the construction team, my client commented on how enjoyable it was to watch us all interact, brainstorming and solving issues while developing custom details.

Interior Designers are integral to the success of a project throughout the design and construction process. As the designer, I am aware of the end goal and the methodology needed to achieve the beautiful result we all strive to attain. The implementation of a design project consists of so many variables that need to come together for the success of the project.

Are you dreaming of a renovation or addition? Let me guide you in making that dream a reality. Call me at 201 233-4636 or e-mail me at

Pat Valentine Ziv, ASID, CID, is a NJ Certified Interior Designer and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She holds an Architectural Design degree and possesses in-depth knowledge of buildings and their systems.


  • Manish

    February 12, 2017

    I m looking for a interior designer and constructer to construct 15*45 plot

    • zivi

      February 14, 2017

      I would love to speak to you about your project. Please call me on Wednesday morning – 201 233-4636.


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