Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?
In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!
I’m Renee Biery, your host at Only Girl On The Jobsite. I love empowering women to take on their home projects both large and small. I am sharing with you my experiences working on the Jobsite for the past 27 years. I hope that with my help you will be able to avoid the mistakes I’ve seen in the past and your projects will turn out as smooth and successful as possible. Learn more at https://devignierdesign.com/
Proving Our Worth: Strategies for Validation on Construction Projects
Vetting potential calls, explaining yourself and the work we do, and the value we bring to each project over and over can lead to overwhelm and be exhausting!
I want you to know that I get it and have heard from a lot of designers lately about how to prove themselves and their value to various industry partners and various clients or potential clients.
It is normal to experience overwhelm, stress, and anxiety when we are being questioned about our value and our services. But I don’t want you to shy away from it or ignore it.
You will learn in today's episode how you can stand firm, lean into your strengths, and explain your services and your value, and why their project would be better served and elevated to a custom level they are seeking by having you be a part of the project.
Find the full shownotes at: https://devignierdesign.com/proving-our-worth
Developing Your Baseline Confidence to Take on Any Challenge That Comes Up on a Construction Project
Today, we’re talking confidence.
There is no good that comes out of panic, wondering if you messed up, and anxiety. All it does is make you fearful of your own decision-making powers. And that is something I want you all to avoid at all costs.
Confidence is a topic that every designer, regardless of their experience level, grapples with at some point in their career. In a profession where decision-making powers are paramount, self-assurance becomes your best ally. Today, you will learn how to build your baseline confidence you will need to take on any challenge that comes up on a construction project, how this kind of confidence arises from an appreciation of your own abilities and qualities, and how to tackle common confidence crushers like imposter syndrome and overwhelm.
Find the full shownotes at: https://devignierdesign.com/developing-confidence
How Interior Designers Superpowers Elevate Custom Projects
In the world of interior design, there's a superpower that often goes unnoticed but plays a crucial role in creating functional and comfortable living spaces. It's the ability to understand how people live in homes. In today’s episode, I talk about why this superpower is essential, how it can be honed, and why it should be marketed not only to clients but also to industry partners. We'll delve into real-life examples that highlight the significance of this superpower and how it can make a difference in the design of spaces where people live and elevate custom projects.
Find the full shownotes at: https://devignierdesign.com/designers-superpower-elevate-projects
How to Gain the Knowledge and Skills for Construction Management
Today, I want to talk about some of the frustrations I hear about from other designers, such as if you're on construction sites right now and you aren't confident in your skills, the stages and steps to take, or you're unable to take a pretty significant pay cut from your current position and go back and work for an interior designer, or if you went to school and you weren't taught the basics of running a project.
In today’s episode, you’ll learn how to resole these frustrations so that you can move forward in your business successfully!
Find the full shownotes at: https://devignierdesign.com/knowledge-and-skills-for-construction-management
Designers' Superpower Crafting Successful Contracts and Budgets
Understanding the contract is one of the most critical steps in any construction project.
As designers, we have a superpower that makes us the most important person for your client to review the contracts and understand the numbers that are being included.
So today I want to cover why you need to see the contract as soon as you are brought onto a team that has already been formed, how early contract involvement leads to project success as well as exercises you can do (whether you are new or seasoned) to help you better understand budgeting for contracts.
Find the full shownotes at: https://devignierdesign.com/designers-superpower-contracts-budgets
Unpacking What Project Specifications Are Needed On a Job
Many designers have been asking me what types of materials they need to supply to the contractor for the projects they’re working on.
Today I break down terms between a specification book and a project binder and when and how you should be using them, and also the level of detail you should be including so that you are not over-delivering when you’re not being paid to do that service.
Find the full shownotes at: https://devignierdesign.com/podcast/project-specifications
Renee is the real deal and so generous with her in-depth knowledge of construction and renovation projects. If you are a design professional who wants actionable takeaways, tune in!
Practical & Encouraging
Renee’s podcast is always full of great information and encouragement, both. If you have a love for Design transformations, but need support and real-life direction, this podcast (& her course) are for you! I am always glad I listen, and I find myself sharing bits and pieces of it with my husband who is a GC! Renee is calm, but strong, and we can all draw from that in the world of renovation and project management.
A Wealth of Knowledge
Renee offers a wealth of knowledge in these short episodes that are packed with nuggets of information. Her knowledge & expertise has really helped me fine tune my management skills. She keeps it real & I never end an episode without feeling more empowered & confident. I took her course as well & it has really helped elevate our client experience. What I love most is she speaks in a language that is easy to understand & the episodes are short enough where I can squeeze in an episode while at the gym or walking my dog. Thank you Renee for your contribution to this Industry. I look forward to each new episode.