When is the best time to bring an Interior Designer on board?
Ideally, it is advisable to involve an interior designer as early as possible in the renovation process. This allows for comprehensive planning and collaboration, maximising the designer's expertise and creativity to achieve the desired results. By involving the designer from the beginning, you can establish a cohesive vision for your home, ensuring that all design elements work harmoniously together.
A lot of the time, we get approached by clients who have already finished their renovation. They have a wonderful open plan kitchen extension, with their newly fitted kitchen but often the space is so big that they realise that they want to make sure the space is used properly but don't know how to. So they get in touch with the Interior Designer after the renovation has taken place.
What happens here is that the Interior Designer comes to a house that is finished and has to solve a problem where the spatial planning should have been planned from the very beginning.
So this brings us to the point of understanding the difference between the Architect and the Interior Designer to continue with this answer.
An Architect is responsible for creating the overall design and structure of a property, considering factors such as functionality, safety, and building codes. Architects create floor plans, develop building structures, and obtain planning permissions, which are paramount for a successful renovation.
An Interior Designer focuses on the aesthetic and functional aspects of the interior spaces within a building. They work closely with clients to understand their preferences and requirements and then design and furnish the interior spaces accordingly. Interior designers do not just select materials, colours, furniture, and accessories to create appealing and functional spaces that align with their client's vision, but they work on the internal spaces in the first instance to create a design that maximises the space's potential.
The Interior Designer works closely with the Architect from the beginning. After the architect draws the initial plans for the clients to see how the space could be enhanced from the structural point of view, the interior designer, after listening to her clients' brief of what they will like to achieve internally, will study that floorplan and assess if the spaces flow cohesively. Perhaps, with the approval of the architect, a wall could be knocked down to make space for a bigger living room since the client likes to entertain; or a wall can be added to divide a larger space that could give the clients a cosier feel for a living room and also adds another room for an office.
An Interior Designer can help you create a cohesive design plan that reflects your personal style and meets your functional needs. They can also help you make the most of your space, by coming up with creative solutions for storage, lighting, and traffic flow. When all of this is planned at the beginning in consultation with the architect, to make sure the ideas can be structurally approved, is a fantastic way to start a successful project.
Additionally, an Interior Designer can help you stay within your budget and make informed decisions about materials and products that will stand the test of time. Finally, they can save you time and effort by handling the coordination of the project, from ordering materials to overseeing the work of contractors.