Building & Renovating

4 Things to Do Before Meeting with a Design Professional

Maximize the time and make sure you ask the critical questions first

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

You’ve finally decided to build your dream home—what’s the next step? Do you find an architect or interior designer to work with or do you immediately source for materials and furniture? It can be overwhelming at first, but with the right guidance, you can achieve a well-designed space.

At the Real Living x Century Properties Inspired Living Seminar, you can get helpful tips and insights from professionals and industry experts! Aside from joining free craft workshops, there will be design seminars and one-on-one design consultations with professionals too! All of these activities are FREE—all you have to do is register through this link:

Once you’ve reserved a slot to meet with an interior designer, it’s best to prepare for the meeting beforehand. 15 minutes is quite a short time so make sure you maximize every minute. Get the best results with the help of these reminders:

Finalize the project that you have in mind

Ask yourself: what do you want to create or change? Do you need a makeover or a major renovation? Consider other important factors such as who will use the space, the kind of look or feel that you prefer, and the things that you want to change if you want to work on a makeover.

Think of the timeframe and most importantly—the budget that you can allot

Do you have enough savings to accomplish a new home or a renovation? Take into consideration your target date of completion and the amount of time needed to accomplish what you have in mind.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Ask yourself: What do you want the interior designer to do?

Working with a design professional entails specifying his or hers scope of work. Do you want him or her to recreate a specific look or style? Are there special requirements that need to be met? These questions can help you accomplish this task.

Prepare an initial moodboard complete with pegs

If you have time to spare, it’s best to bring a folder with photos of the design or style that you prefer. We also recommend that you bring photos of your home or the specific area that needs to be improved and information on the plumbing fixtures, appliances, and flooring materials that you plan to have in your project.

The Real Living and Century Properties Inspired Living Seminar will happen on November 14 (Saturday) at The Residences at Commonwealth, Don Antonio Drive, Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City from 12nn to 7pm. Visit to register and reserve a slot for this event. 

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

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