A client asked if we can do designs like seen on the home shows on HG-TV and such. . . you know in 24 hours?
We knew the answer to this one: "In real life, great design, design that is effective, practical and functional doesn't happen in 24 hours. But we sometimes wish it could happen that way when the ideas begin to freely flow."
The reality is that these are "design reality shows" not unlike the many reality programs that appear on TV. For good design to develop, time is necessary.
Time to meet the client. Time to establish the project criteria. And, most importantly, thoughtful time to assemble the solutions and samples, draw the drawings and put it all together to meet both the client's expectations and budget. That kind of detail and process comes doesn't happen even if you have a full production crew standing behind ready to run to the local big box stores to grab a package of hot glue.
The client continued, "So how do they do all that work for such little money?"
We knew the answer to that, too. We read an article in MoneySense Magazine who did some investigations on what was the true cost of a certain realty design project.
"In a recent episode of Income Property, host Scott McGillivray meets newlyweds Jerry and Amee. For $55,000, he transforms their 1,200-sq-ft basement into a fully furnished three-bedroom income suite, complete with a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. But is the price realistic?
We asked two contractors to price out the Reno below, and even without interior design fees, we found it would cost about twice as much. When asked about the discrepancy, McGillivray’s executive assistant Deidre Budgell said the show’s figures don’t account for contractor’s overhead, profit or the cost of furniture."
• The Real Cost of the $55,000 TV Reno Design was over $100,000.
So while many find the design shows to be entertaining, like all reality shows, they don't reflect reality. But sometimes... we wish it would happen that like in 24 hours and yup... for $55,000.
Good Design Just Doesn't Happen That Way.
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8/18/2013 05:45:01 am
This was a great article. It was something I had already figured out. Having been thru a remodel, 24 hours would not be realistic and the fact they didn't include a profit for the contractor is deceptive in my book. Good post. I'll be looking elsewhere for the TV entertainment.
8/18/2013 05:57:27 am
I knew it !! I knew it !! Reality shows are all the same. What does this do to people? It gives them a frame of reference that isn't truthful at all. How sad and how awful it must be with you when you have to explain it is not going to "happen" over night.
8/18/2013 06:52:33 am
As a contractor, I am glad you posted this. I have such a difficult time explaining that what they see in a 30 minute show cannot be compressed from a month or more of work. And they never really show the quality of the work once it is done. My clients would want something that would actually hold up. --Bob
8/18/2013 06:58:04 am
In my previous life, I worked on a set of one of the shows. it was great fun and you are right, what you see and what it takes to film doesn't really reflect what occurs in real life. One of the things we would do is to finish the set to the point of filming it and then take a few things away to 'sequence" the room.
8/18/2013 10:43:59 am
its too bad you designers have to battle this mis-perception. If you could do projects in 24 hours and for little or no dollars, you'd be busy 24/7. Good job with this post.
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Michael is an award winning interior designer based in Palm Desert, CA. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a member of the ASID College of Fellows.
As a Certified Aging In Place Specialist, he creates smart looking spaces that are safe and secure and create homes for a lifetime.
And with thirty plus years in the profession, he has honed his humor, elevated his passion for design and sharpened his wit to not take anything too seriously except his design work.