Attention All Men: What Type Of Client Are You?
The other day when I was on the phone with my client scheduling our first preliminary plan review meeting she asked, “Does Mark need to be there for this one?” With so many meetings on the agenda, we really need to hand select which meetings are best for him to attend. But first we need to assess what type of client he is.
More to the point, the answer to this question really depends on your husband’s level of interest in renovation process, his personality type and his schedule of availability – and that in turn will provide you with your answer.
In all my years of designing homes for singles – couples and families, I’ve learned that when it comes to men – there are typically three categories they fall under.
He is the boss, chief, or micromanager who insists on controlling every aspect of the home renovation project from beginning to end. He is “Master of his Domain” and has an insatiable need to control with excessive attention to minor detail. By nature, he tends to distrust the very professionals he’s hired to do the job.
Has a minimal interest in the design process, supports his wife’s decisions and trusts her implicitly to work hand in hand with their design professionals – knowing without hesitation that they will deliver the best product.
Provides his thoughts and opinions when necessary, but speaks out loudly when it comes to specific details that are important to him. He sees his home as a sanctuary and wants it to reflect his personality as well as his wife’s. He has a certain design criteria and really enjoys participating in the decision making process – particularly when it involves media rooms, master baths and outdoor kitchens.
Ok. Now be honest. Which type are you?
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc