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THE MYSTERIOUS “INTERIOR DESIGNER - ARCHITECT CONFLICT” WILL TRULY SAVE YOU LOADS OF TIME AND MONEY

In today’s day and age, where there are a number of trends that are absolutely flabbergasting, Deksha looks at creating subtly elegant designs with a sense of class and comfort that helps you achieve a home that suits your personality best, and one that you’d love to live in rather than what would be superficially fancy and discomforting in the long run.


When it comes to remodeling or construction of a new home, you’ll probably need both! Before starting a home construction project, homeowners, frequently contemplate whether to hire an architect or an interior designer. The answer is if you are building from the ground up or working on a large-scale remodel, you will most likely need both.

Every home expresses a story intertwined through the work of both architects and interior designers. The most successful remodeling projects and new home constructions are the ones where there exists a cohesive relationship between these two professionals. The collaborations among these two, architects and interior designers allow each other to complement each other's expertise and keep your preferences at the forefront. Working in harmony encourages the exchange of ideas and ensures the cohesiveness of your project.

Nonetheless, the world of architects and designers is not immune to incompetencies, but we sure do have some ideas on how to fix the broken systems.





WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ARCHITECTS AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS?

The fields of architecture and interior design are perceptible, but inseparably interwoven fields. So, for you to understand these roles better, we’ll summarize the differences and similarities between architects and interior designers:

ARCHITECTS

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

  • Architects typically handle everything involved in the structure of a building. In a construction project, architects are responsible for ensuring the structure, electrical, and plumbing meet national, state, and local building codes.



  • Interior designers handle the interior look and make a home feel like home. Their work includes creating an environment that is functional, beautiful, and memorable, to designing different rooms to suit the lifestyle and preferences of a homeowner.

  • Architects may focus on the home’s exterior design elements as well as interior floor plans.

  • Interior designers, usually oversee the layout of interior materials like furniture, finishes, textiles, window treatments, paint color, wallpaper, and accents.

  • ​ In a few cases, they may also be involved in designing cabinetry and selecting elements like tile, flooring, and lighting.

  • ​Like architects, interior designers are also involved in choosing design elements like flooring and decorative lighting.

  • ​In this sense, architects tend to look at more of the holistic picture of the exterior rather than focusing on the interiors synchronizing with the exteriors.

  • ​Compared to architects, interior designers often take a more active role in selecting countertops, paint colors, and tiles, and design cabinet elevations with greater detail.


ARCHITECT INTERIOR DESIGNER


HOW DO INTERIOR DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS WORK TOGETHER?

Architects and interior designers depend on each other’s experience and specialized knowledge to produce the end result, that is a home that is beautiful and functional inside and out.


  • Align objectives, goals, and priorities: Maybe you dream of a more spacious living room with more storage and functionality and you want more natural lighting or a more contemporary look. By working with both an architect and interior designer, you ensure your goals, objectives, and priorities are reflected in both the architectural and design decisions. Architects and interior designers both being present during architectural meetings so that both can share their views, ideas, concerns, and insights during the initial stages of the project.


  • Collaborate on the floor plan: In a construction project, it is the architect’s job to produce the initial floor plan. The job of the interior designer is to take the architect’s model and use it to create a space plan with furniture. In some cases, interior designers will collaborate with your architect on the kitchen and bathroom layouts. Finally, the completed floor plan, kitchen and bathroom layouts, and space plan are exported into a final 3D rendering.


  • Collaborate on cabinet elevation drawings: Elaborative cabinet elevation drawings are crucial in remodels of kitchens, bathrooms, and offices. Elevation drawings let you have a glimpse of the size, location, door opening direction of your new cabinets. Especially in bathroom remodels, elevation drawings are particularly essential because of the level of detail involved in their construction.






HOW DO YOU BENEFIT FROM THE COLLABORATIONS OF THE TWO?

  • The architect and interior designers working together can thoroughly review sizing, scale, color, and pattern before anything are built or purchased to make sure everything aligns.

  • Open communication among the architects and interior designers with regular updates helps make sure everyone is on the same page.

  • Your architect and interior design team both bring their own unique experiences to the table.





CRUCIAL INEFFICIENCIES ARCHITECTS AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS FACE….


PROBLEM: Architects are not recognized, they are underrated, for the expertise they get to the table with regards to various technical aspects that go unattended and could be detrimental to your home in the long run.

SOLUTION: Let Architects do their due diligence which is a small price to pay for a lifetime's worth of a hassle-free design.

PROBLEM: Brokers are paid as intermediaries to find projects that take away revenue for the architect.

SOLUTION: Cut out the Broker by building relationships directly with developers and clients.


PROBLEM: The industry is heavily reliant on unforeseeable markets. With real estate marketing and the cost of living in constant variability, it’s difficult to anticipate the stability of the industry, which depends on the financial status of the client.

SOLUTION: Consistency, strategic business moves, and keeping an eye on markets allow architecture and design firms to be dynamic and shift their practice to better suit the economy.

PROBLEM: Politics within the industry. Politics takes place in every industry, but when millions of dollars are interchanged, expectations rise and ego comes into play. The political elements in Architecture can get problematic.

SOLUTION: Stay professional and only partner/work with people who have a good and positive reputation.






These possible solutions are a win-win for everyone as they not only help the two work in cohesiveness in the field but are also beneficial for those for who they build projects for. In other words, an interior designer complements the architect perfectly for your home to be as perfect as you want it to be. We hope the blog has helped you understand the importance of the unity of interior designers and architects.


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