The job of an interior designer starts when home construction is finished, right? Wrong. Design of an interior starts with floor plans and continues with the choice of building materials and paint colors. That’s before there’s a single picture on the wall or piece of furniture in the living room. So where does the role of an architect end and that of the interior designer begin? That is the right question.
A dual role
Sheila McCusker is an architect, but she was quick to acknowledge that in effective home development and construction, collaboration between contractors and agents is essential. She said that the role of an interior designer is essentially to "maximize a property’s value by using internal space as creatively and effectively as possible, and the same can be said of architects." In some cases, this has led to the creation of hybrid roles-an architect who is also an interior designer. Traditionally, however, these roles are seen as separate and distinct.
Design starts at the beginning of a project
Often, this separation leads to the practice of calling in the interior designer when the house is a "blank slate" but architecturally complete. McCusker said that it’s far more efficient to include the interior designer right from the start "whether they come to the team as independent consultants or as an integral part of the appointed architectural practice." The upside of this practice is that, in the long run, it saves time and money.
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