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What to do When Planning: Inside Tricks of the Design Process:

Planning is everything, whether you are doing a major renovation or just switching some pieces in a room. If you’ve ever done any construction, you know what a headache it can be to coordinate all the pieces and people of the design puzzle. But by following our advice, you can watch as the pieces easily all into place.Buy decorative lighting and other fixed pieces that will require specialized installation at the beginning of the project. This way, if the vendor has a backlog on time or product, your project won’t be delayed. It is much better to have the pieces waiting for installation than to have the installers waiting for the pieces because they won’t wait. You’ll have to call back the electrician/plumber or whoever, creating a hassle that you could have avoided had your fixed items been waiting.

Good luck with your new design and let us know how we can help your project to go smoothly.
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Green Building Materials

Green Building Materials

By using green products and guidelines in your next building project, you can eliminate the waste of resources and help to combat global warming. Traditional building materials waste precious resources and take lots of energy. For your future projects, consider using products like these as well as other eco-friendly materials to help lessen your structure’s impact on the natural environment.

Insulation is intrinsically  green because it helps increase energy efficiency in both homes and buildings by helping to maintain temperature. But some insulation is greener than others because of the materials used to make it. Denim insulation is an excellent replacement for traditional insulation materials. Bonded Logic’s UltraTouch Natural Fiber Insulation is made from 85% post-industrial cotton fiber. The insulation is treated with a fire retardant and is 100% recyclable, VOC-free, and formaldehyde-free. The denim comes from leftover scraps from manufacturers rather than being post-consumer, meaning its not as environmentally friendly, but definitely a big step in the right direction. Treehugger.com has some helpful advice about denim insulation here.

Nyloboard is a great company that provides a variety of applications in building. Nyloboard products provide insulation on both interior and exteriors, from floors to ceilings and anywhere else wood is traditionally used in building. Nyloboard’s patented manufacturing process combines recycled nylon fibers with synthetic resins. The result is a quality product that not only provides adequate insulation, it is also resistant to water, mold and insects, unlike traditional wood products. You can find Nyloboard here http://www.nyloboard.com/.

And of course, there are also the eco-friendly spacers we have previously mentioned on our blog. ECO Thinset tile spacers are about the greenest ‘widget’ on the market. The material is already used in the construction, as it is made from the same materials that are used to adhere the tile to floors or walls. Not to mention the fact that there’s no waste for landfills, like from the plastic on traditional tiles. And as an added bonus, you’ll save a lot of time and effort with installation. You can purchase Eco Tile Spacers here.

PaperStone is a product developed to cover surfaces. Products offered by PaperStone are made from post-consumer waste, recycled paper and proprietary, petroleum-free, phenolic resins. PaperStone makes great surfaces, for both indoor and outdoor use as well as both horizontal and vertical surfaces. The materials used to make PaperStone have high compression, impact and flexural strengths and are very abrasion resistant in addition to absorbing very little water. They are the products of choice in applications requiring high fire resistance (PaperStone has a Class A fire rating). All these attributes make PaperStone a green choice for kitchens, bathrooms and even skateboard ramps. PaperStone is available in two forms and is LEED certified. You can find out more about PaperStone by visiting their website at http://www.paperstoneproducts.net/.

Roofing is another eco-dilemna. While roofing provides insulation and coverage for homes, it is often made of non-renewable sources and coated in toxins. A green alternative to explore is EcoStar Roofing. EcoStar is a Carlisle Company which provides sustainable roofing options using rubber and plastics technology. EcoStar’s roofing are available in nine colors and six styles, and all are manufactured with up to 80% of post-industrial recycled rubber and plastics (from car bumper and baby diaper manufacturing remnants) and are highly flexible, sustainable and environmentally friendly to provide protection against the harsh elements and inclement weather conditions. You can find Eco-Star Roofing at http://www.ecostar.carlisle.com/.

Buying eco-friendly products helps economic and social betterment for the building’s inhabitants and help control global warming by limiting emissions from building materials.

Interview With Interior Designer William McWhorter

Professional/Personal
1. What attracted you to becoming an Interior Designer?

I was always an artistic kid. When I was about eight years old, my parents were building a family home and they asked me to help them select some of the materials, like tile and design some of the cabinetwork, and that is what got me interested.

2. What personally attracted you to become a member of the ASID?

I was a member of AID back in 1967, which was the organization before ASID. Back in those days (laughs) if you weren’t a member then you really didn’t get decent jobs. And because it was considered the epitome of the profession to belong to the organization

ASID Mission, Education, etc…
3. What is the mission of the ASID

ASID exists to further the profession of interior design and the ethics and professionalism, and good taste and good design and what designers do to improve peoples’ lives.

4. What are the benefits in becoming a member of the ASID?

Like most organizations, ASID has insurance benefits and networking benefits. It has a huge number of members and these are not only interior designers but also industry partners and students. And we network to learn more about new source and vendors. And also we get wonderful students as student interns. It iss just a way to continue the profession.

5. The ASID (Foundation) is part of the ReGreen Project can you explain what that is?

One of the biggest movements today is the green movement and ASID is always interested in sustainable design and using non-threatened sources in our design, so we are very interested in our environment and the world. You can find out more by checking the ASID website at ——-www.asid.com.

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6. You mentioned that the society also includes student chapters; what are membership benefits for design students?

When I was a student member, I walked right in to design jobs. So it was a great way to start my professional life because I meet so many designers and made friends that I didn’t have any problem at all getting a job when I graduated. It’s great.

7. Since part of the ASID objectives is to educate and invigorate the design industry, what are some recommendations you might have for designers looking to establish themselves?

I always think that networking is a wonderful vehicle to do anything in business and I encourage everyone to network. So that is what I would do. And always keep abreast of what is new and exciting because it is all very stimulating. Find out what is new because that is what keeps out business interesting.

8. How do you recommend other Interior designers go about relationships with their vendors and designers of a specific field such as lighting, ironwork or woodwork?

What I do is drive around looking for new shops. When I’m driving to a client and I notice a new shop or vendor I will stop and research it because I never know where my next best source is going to come from.

9. What is the best advice you could give to designers everywhere?

To keep your eyes open and see what’s new and exiting. Some of my best ideas come from travel, movies. I always have gotten good ideas from the movies.

Clients
10. Why should ASID membership be important to someone looking for a designer?

Many people, when they arrive in a new town, if they are looking for a designer for their house, don’t know where to turn. But, if they look in the phone book, under ASID, under interior designers, they can be assured that they are getting one that has a good work ethic and professional ethics to start with and they can be assured that they are going to get a good value and the best of professionalism

11. What are some of the questions you like to ask a client before starting a project?

I ask them what they like and what they don’t like. Most people know what they don’t like rather than what they do like. I ask them how they want to live in their home or office and how they what it to operate. And I ask them what their budget is. How they would like the space to work for them and feel like.

A lot of people think an interior can be done in a short amount of time and a small amount of money. I tell them you can have two of three things; you can have value, speed or quality. You can have two of those three things, but not usually all three. And I give them a whole list of things that I’ve seen go wrong during my career. I say just to let you know one of these thing or several of these things could go wrong do you still want to proceed and remember that during a design, doing an interior is not a life-threatening situation. Good design takes time and to do it right takes time and you are going to have it for a long time, so make sure it is done right. Be patient.

A relationship between the designer and the client is exactly that; a relationship. It involves trust. And the reason the client comes to a designer and finally selects a designer after interviewing several people is because they have selected someone that they have narrowed it down to and that they trust that that designer knows what he or she is doing.  And they have to place their trust in that person.

12. What are some of the questions clients should ask before starting a project?

Are able to stake my project? How many projects do you usually work on at one time and are you able to handle my project? That should be one of the first questions. Also the client should ask to see the designer’s book/portfolio

13. What do you think it is the single most important thing a client should look for in a potential designer other than ASID membership?

Integrity.

Ending Remarks
14.  Does ASID have any projects or achievements coming up that you’d like to talk about?

We have a design competition coming up. And the winners will be announced in the fall at our installation. So that is a pretty important thing. And this is the first design competition we’ve had in many years and everyone is very exited about it.

15. Who is your favorite designer (or particular room if you have one) of all time and why?

I guess one of my favorite designers that I’ve always looked up to is Billy Badlwin. He could capture a client’s personality beautifully and his rooms where always livable, always chic, stylish and memorable.