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Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I hire an interior designer?

You know those things in your home that constantly drive you nuts? You want to read at night, but there isn’t enough of the proper light so that you can see. When you renovated your family room, the electrician didn’t put the electrical outlets where you need them. You selected a paint color for your bedroom, only to find that it is much too bright on the wall. You purchased a sofa at the furniture store, and while it physically fits in the space, it doesn’t look right.

An interior designer will help you avoid these pitfalls and prevent you from making expensive mistakes. A designer can help you with all aspects of interior décor, home renovation and new construction projects, while making sure that you end up with a functional interior that really works for the way your family lives. Maybe you cannot find what you seek in the local stores. A designer finds furnishings all over the country – if not the world– to provide you with something unique, if that is what you want.

At what stage in the construction process should I hire an interior designer?

The best time to hire an interior designer is at the very beginning of the project. If you are using an architect to design your new home or addition, your designer can work with the architect to make sure that you end up with a home that works well for your needs. The architecture usually concentrates on the physical structure of the building, while the interior designer looks at how the family will live in the home, the “traffic flow” within the space, and at furniture placement. Beyond that, the designer can help with all of the selections you must make – cabinets and countertops, tile, flooring, fabrics, lighting and paint colors.

How important is collaboration and communication among the parties involved in a construction or design project?

Nothing is more important, so make sure that all parties will work well together. When everyone on the team is open to collaboration, you end up with a much better project. Designers, architects and many contractors are creative people who feed off of each other’s design ideas; so good teamwork can produce wonderful solutions that might never come up if each person works individually.

I’m not sure what my decorating project will cost. Can you help with that?

Yes, we will work with you to determine what specific furnishings you might need. Then, based upon your input, we will assign price ranges to each specific piece. This will give you an idea of what it will cost to complete your project. With this price range in front of you, you can then let us know how much you want to budget for the items you need.

How can I be sure that my wishes and ideas don’t get “lost” during the design process?

Here at C. Randolph Trainor Interiors, we ask numerous questions and listen intently to the answers. That’s how we learn about your wants and needs. Your ideas are what drive us to craft an interior that expresses your own individual taste. After all, you are the one who will live in the home, not the designer. Therefore, your home must reflect you.

How involved will I be in the design process?

Many clients love the experience of being involved and helping with selections, and we welcome their participation. In fact, we love to work with clients who are well educated about interior design and home furnishings. However, if you are a newbie at the design process, we will guide you through all aspects while incorporating your needs and taste. And, if you are not interested in making endless decisions about the numerous details of a complex design, we will involve you only to the extent you desire. Our goal is to implement a plan with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail.

We need to design and build a clubhouse but the committee members can’t seem to agree on anything!

C Randolph Trainor Interiors has worked with many committees (and private owners) to design clubhouses and community space. We are especially skilled at listening to a plethora of ideas and then helping the committee to create and agree upon a final design. Many committees are amazed at how smoothly this process can actually proceed, and are thrilled with the results.

Where do you work and how far will you travel?

We work anywhere in New Hampshire including the Seacoast, the Lakes Region and the White Mountains. Southern Maine, the Boston area and the North Shore of Massachusetts are also areas in which we work. When needed, we travel throughout the country to help clients.




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