Renovation Is on The Rise (and Here’s What to Know)

This is the second time that today’s guest has appeared on Welcome Home to the Suburbs, but this time we’re discussing something different. With so much going on in the industry at this time, I wanted to bring a top professional, Renée Biery, back on the podcast to share what we need to know as homeowners looking to do renovation projects! 

Renée deVignier Biery, ASID, is an interior designer based in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1994 she earned an Associate degree in Applied Science in Interior Design with distinction, from New York School of Interior Design, one of the country’s oldest conservatory interior design programs. 

Biery honed her skills working in the design field in New York. She began in 1993 as an associate in the legendary Lexington Avenue boutique of Charlotte Moss, and then spent several years as a senior designer in the firm of Barbara Hauben Ross, a New York designer especially known for luxury Art Deco interiors. During her time in New York, Biery honed her skills in historical and architectural renovation, as well as modern color, shape and structure. This experience structured her approach of a quietly pared-down viewpoint that balances more embellished, traditional environments. 

Biery is formally trained in practical interior architecture with advanced technical and rendering proficiency. Her credentials include NCIDQ board licensing as a professional member of the ASID, the design industry’s highest certification. 

Biery returned permanently to Wilmington in 2000 and established her own firm, deVignier design, inc. She works in restoration as well as new construction, and remains committed to the personal attention of a studio practice where she is fully involved from inception to installation with every assignment.

Renée also has her own podcast, Only Girl On The Jobsite, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary. She has a ton of great resources and services for you, so stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear all about the ways she can help you approach your next home renovation project! 

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What You’ll Learn from this Episode: 

  • The pros and cons of being your own general contractor versus hiring one for your next renovation project
  • What exactly you should be looking for when hiring a contractor
  • Specific questions that you should be asking potential contractors to ensure the best fit for the job, and that you’re protected
  • Renée’s thoughts on and advice for obtaining permits 
  • How COVID-19 is greatly affecting our industry, and the ways to minimize its impact on your plans
  • A look at Renée’s course and how it prepares and educates homeowners looking to renovate their homes, whether they are doing this alone or collaborating with a designer

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