Residential architect vs. interior designer – Which is right for your project?
If you’re planning a building or remodeling project, you probably wonder whether you need to hire a residential architect or interior designer. You may have already chosen a contractor, but is it necessary to hire another professional?
Generally, your decision depends upon your particular project. Each professional is trained in their respective specialty, and the homeowner must decide which is better suited for their unique project. Homeowners who live in a community like Martha’s Vineyard are, of course, concerned about the aesthetic value of their residences, and both the architect and designer are well qualified to satisfy the property owner’s desire to create a beautiful home. Architects and designers are creative thinkers, respectively, but each one’s job entails specific tasks. Read on to learn the key differences between residential architects and interior designers.
Trained in engineering, architecture and project management, an architect has, as a rule, more extensive education and licensing than an interior designer. Because they’re involved in the overall planning process, architects tend to be more focused on abstract ideas. An architect is experienced in looking at the “big picture” and viewing the project in a three-dimensional light.
Architects can plan both the interior and exterior of a building and are aware of the community’s building permit process and building codes. They’re highly proficient in planning electrical and plumbing layouts. The architect will also help with limited aspects of interior design, such as ceilings and trim.
Homeowners in the Martha’s Vineyard community might find it preferable to skip the contractor altogether and hire an architect only. You get first-rate service and the assurance that a professional will take care of the entire project, making sure the building is safe, sound and aesthetically appealing. If a general contractor is used, they also can oversee construction administration, making sure everyone involved is effectively communicating and plans are being executed as planned.
Interior designers usually don’t have extensive educational training in engineering or architecture. They seldom deal with the exterior of a building but focus primarily on interior design and space planning. The designer can create a lighting plan and help you choose your fixtures and recommend where to place them. They’ll also help you select the types of flooring and backsplashes that coordinate with your décor. Other tasks of the designer include choosing hardware and finishes, selecting paint and wallpaper, and choosing window treatments and other furnishings. A qualified interior designer will always consider the latest in modern design techniques.
Which Professional Is Right for My Project?
The jobs of residential architects and interior designers often overlap, and you can be confident that both keep up-to-date on the latest trends in modern design. The type of project will be the primary factor in your decision of which professional to select. If your building project is large, such as new construction or a major remodel, it’s better to go with the architect. If, however, you want to transform an area in your master bedroom into a powder room, you might find that an interior designer can best help you bring the ultimate in luxury and personality to that new room.
Here at Breese Architects, we have both architects and interior designers available in the same office and can work in tandem to provide a one-stop solution for your home improvement and building needs. As experts in coastal design, we’re well aware of what requirements are needed in the area and can help you visualize and complete your dream project, one that is functional and dynamic to your personal style.
We know Martha’s Vineyard. Let us assemble the right team for your job and see how residential architects and interior designers can ideally complement each other’s expertise. Build the right team from the start and create positive synergy from the get-go As we say here at Breese Architects, let’s make outstanding work together. Contact us today!