While the decision to build a home customized to your needs and wants is incredibly exciting, nailing down design details can feel daunting. Karen King, owner of RG Décor, and RG designer Beth Ligon have worked on numerous luxury custom home projects. We sat down with them to learn more about the custom home design process and how clients can expect to work with an interior designer.

What is the first step in the custom home design process?

Karen: The first step is to get to know the client and understand their vision for their home. We need to understand their lifestyle, preferences, and design goals in order to create a design that truly reflects their needs.

How do you work with the client to understand their design preferences?

Beth: We start with a consultation to get to know the client and learn about their style. We ask them to share inspiration photos and we use those as a starting point to develop a design concept that fits their vision.

Once you have a design concept, what is the next step in selecting finishes and furnishings?

Karen: We use the floor plan and measurements of the room to ensure accuracy of how the space will flow. From there, we create a mood board with finishes and furnishings that align with the concept, which really starts to bring the vision to life. We work closely with the clients to ensure that they are happy with every detail, from the flooring to the lighting.

What are some common design challenges that you face when working on a custom home project?

Beth: One of the biggest challenges is creating a design that is both beautiful and functional. We need to balance the client’s aesthetic preferences with their practical needs, such as storage and traffic flow. Another challenge is managing the timeline and ensuring that everything is completed on schedule.

How do you ensure that the final design meets the client’s expectations?

Karen: Communication is key. We provide regular updates to the client throughout the design process, so they can see how their vision is coming to life. We also listen carefully to their feedback and adjust as needed. Our goal is to ensure that the final design reflects their personal style and meets their needs.

How do you incorporate sustainability and eco-friendly features into your designs?

Beth: We try to incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly features wherever possible. This could include using materials that are locally sourced, selecting energy efficient appliances, or custom American made upholstery. Many of our vendors are working hard at reducing their waste during manufacturing.

When it comes to current design trends, what is popular with your local clients?

Karen: Right now, we’re seeing a lot of interest in natural materials. We are bringing more color into our projects, too; clients are really opening up to this. Unique finds whether it’s a custom rug, antique item, or an amazing chandelier can make for an amazing focal point. The real end goal is a one-of-a-kind design for each homeowner.

What advice do you have for clients who are considering a custom home design project?

Karen: My advice would be to choose an experienced team of professionals who have a track record of success in custom home design. It’s also important to be open to new ideas and to communicate openly throughout the design process. Building a custom home is a big investment, and it’s important to work with a team that you trust.

The custom home design process is a collaborative effort between the client, architect, builder, and interior designer. By working with an experienced team of professionals, clients can ensure that their home reflects their personal style and meets their needs. With careful planning and communication, the end result is a beautiful and functional home that the client can enjoy for years to come. Learn more about creating your one-of-a-kind design at rgdecor.com.