Daniel: After meeting with more than five hundred companies, I’ve seen three key mistakes:
They don’t fully understand the positive impact a more thoughtful design can produce in the end. There’s a knee-jerk tendency to over simplify what they are trying to accomplish.
They take on the role as the project manager without a professional guide. They underestimate the scope and risk of managing multiple vendors (architects, engineers, general contractors, furniture vendors, etc.).
The first decision they make can often be the worst decision they make. The first call should be to someone who will help maximize your budget, not someone who is most interested in grabbing their share of your budget. Calling an architect first can lead to a lot of headaches and cost overruns.