Whether you are planning new construction or remodeling an existing structure, you may be wondering if you will need the services of an architect and an interior designer. You may wonder if architectural drafting and an interior design plan can make a difference. Though they are are different roles in any type of construction project, there are benefits when the two collaborate to produce the finished project.
For instance, if you want to make sure that your new kitchen has plenty of storage space, you’ll need both. Not only is the interior designer going to add storage, but the architect must also make sure that the walls where the cabinets are installed will bear enough of a load to hold them.
That’s why it’s important to understand the difference and the two different jobs they perform.
What’s the Difference?
You may be wonder what an architect and an interior designer actually does. Think about it this way.
• The architect drafts and produces the initial floor plan, mapping out the space and ensuring that the end product is suitable for its intended use
• The interior designer takes that floor plan and fleshes out the space with furniture, fixtures, and other accouterments.
An interior designers’ main job is to work with the space’s functionality. They can create and optimize their skillset to make the space useful as well as aesthetically attractive. Interior designers find, research, and resolve needed design issues to make an interior space workable and meet all the items on a client’s wish list.
Architects specialize in the creation of the client’s new space, as well as taking the designer’s ideas and putting them into place. The architect creates the shell of the structure and builds it from the ground up. Their architectural drafting will illustrate how the client’s vision can be realized. They create these new structures with an eye towards the exterior, whether residential or commercial. But because each understands the constraints of their profession, many architects will collaborate with a design specialist to optimize both sets of skills for each project.
Why Have Both An Architect And An Interior Designer For Your Build?
Because an architect and an interior designer have two distinctly unique purposes, ideally, you will be utilizing both. Each have their own exclusive skills, so you’ll have two different perspectives working on and watching your project. While the architect mainly focuses on the flow and function of a space, an interior designer will focus on making that space attractive and comfortable. Working together, both parties can ensure that the design and décor work together harmoniously.
As a team, the architect and the interior designer can review scale, sizing, color, and patterns prior to purchasing or building anything to make sure that everything works together. You have a better chance of conflicting issues discovered before they happen, as well as potential missed opportunities.
One example is the interior’s décor. An architect can design and specify fixtures such as cabinetry, lighting, flooring, paint, tile, etc. But when it comes to things like soft furnishings, wall décor, and the like, most architects will leave that to the interior designer. For both parties, the main goal is the client’s ultimate use of the space.
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We can help with architectural drafting, drawings, blueprints, permits, design work, and answer all of your questions before the first day of construction. We’re happy to help and will work to ensure your project is exactly the way you envision.