How Interior Designers Work with Architects
Interior designers and architects go together like prosecco and pizza. Great apart, even better together, and certain times definitely call for both. While some interior designers (like myself) can do most interior architecture themselves, there are certain projects that require both. Projects involving architects typically include an addition or a new build. So why are architects needed and how do we work together? Let’s dig in.
Interior Designers and Architects: How Are They Different?
Although interior and architectural designers share a very symbiotic relationship, they have very distinct roles.
Architects: This type of designer is known for taking care of everything involving the shell or structure of a space, also known as the “bones” of a building. During a home improvement project, architects are responsible for making sure the structure, plumbing, and electrical meet all building codes. They also focus on the home’s exterior elements like exterior styling, size, layout, elevations, and site and landscape plans. Architect plans can also specify the building materials. To make this confusing, sometimes an interior designer can help with these items as well, but usually for remodels as opposed to brand-new builds or additions, which are more complicated.
Interior Designers: We are the designers who work our magic through the look and feel of a home’s interior. Our focus is on creating a space that is functional yet beautiful and refined. We are primarily involved with the materials of an interior space, such as counter surfaces, sink fittings, doors, hardware, textiles, window treatments, wallpaper and paint colors, backsplash, tile, lighting, flooring, and furniture.
In addition to these interior elements, we can help with some architectural needs such as reimagining your current space to move walls, add windows, create custom built-in features, add new lighting, or rebuild exterior features for a more modern aesthetic. We can also help add architectural elements like beams, inset ceilings, custom millwork, and more.
How Interior Designers and Architects Work Together
Because of the overlap in the two professions, it can be confusing to know which one you need when you’re starting your new home build or addition to your existing home.
Here’s how having both an architect and an interior design team elevates the look and feel of your home:
- Refining an idea. When it comes to major construction projects, the adage “measure twice, cut once” couldn’t apply more. Having a second set of eyes helps ensure that your aesthetic vision will be perfectly realized. An architect and interior designer working in tandem can review scale, size, color, and pattern to ensure that everything works cohesively before anything is purchased or built.
- Making communication easier. The construction and design industries can be a bit complex for those who aren’t a part of them on a daily basis. As experienced designers, we can take care of all the communication with architects for you—which can be especially helpful if this is your first renovation. We’ll prepare you for what to expect, guide you through questions to ask, and offer advice to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
- Cost. Having both an interior designer and an architect doesn’t necessarily mean that your project will be more expensive. In fact, it could even turn out to be less expensive in the long run. That’s because interior designers and architects both offer their own specialized expertise, which means that your home project will be created in a much more holistic and efficient way.
- Combining resources. Over the years, seasoned interior designers and architects will have built a network of connections with suppliers, manufacturers, and vendors. By pooling these connections, you’ll benefit from discounted trade rates on everything from building materials to furnishings.
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Let’s face it, we’re all spending more time in our homes than ever these days, which is why your space could use a much-needed transformation. Here at J.Fisher Interiors, we’re here to help give your space a dream makeover that’ll keep you inspired—throughout the pandemic and beyond. Reach out today to get started on a home renovation so stunning it will blow your mind.
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