Architect or Interior Designer

Category : Door Hardware
Date : 09/10/2016

The gray area of Architects and Interioir Designers

Today we have Architects and Interior Designers who are there to help with your new build, remodiling, renovations and design. But there roles do differ.

Who do you choose?

Architects are trained in design theory, engineering, and project management.

Architects are skilled at coming up with inventive ideas to solve complex design problems and at making sure a project is true to itself aesthetically (whether it’s classical or original in styling).

As project manager, an architect can keep an eye on the progression of work. They act not only as a point person to handle the inevitable problems that arise, but also as your advocate with the general contractor and the subcontractors.

While it might be nice, in most cases hiring the architect who designed the plans to oversee an addition or remodel isn’t necessary. So if you’re on a budget, it makes more sense to handle dealing with the contractor yourself.

Designers usually do not have academic training in architecture and engineering but are experienced in interior space planning and simple additions.

If you’re remodeling a kitchen or adding a family room, a designer may have all the skills you need. A designer or design/build firm can handle most residential remodels. Designers typically don’t offer project management services.

There are some drawbacks to using a designer. Regulations covering designers vary from state to state, so you’re not necessarily guaranteed a basic level of skill and education. And, unlike architects, designers are not always insured against negligence or malpractice. Laws governing licensing of design services vary from state to state.

All states require that architects be licensed, but the licensing of designers is a gray area, and many states exempt the design of single-family homes from architectural licensing. To find out the policy in your state, call the licensing board or ask your contractor.

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