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When do I need an interior architect?

Architects are not just for the outside of the house. Hiring an interior architect will enable you to make the most of the space inside your home as well. An interior architect is needed to ensure that your living space is used to its best advantage. Interior architects will either work with the structure of your home as it is, using fixtures and fittings to make the best possible use of that space, or they will just keep the outer building shell and completely redesign the number and layout of the rooms: whatever suits you best. Opting for an interior architect is thus a great idea whenever a whole house, or just a single room, is being redecorated. homify is a place to browse interior architects in your area and from around the country, in order for you to find a professional whose services best suit your needs.

Interior design vs. interior architecture—what is the difference?

Interior design is all about using the existing space inside a home to create a beautiful place to live. Interior designers typically work with colour and furnishings, suggesting ways to create an appealing living environment by arranging the furniture, choosing colour schemes for the walls, and suggesting accessories like lamps and table runners that will harmonise with the design. An interior architect goes further, however, and can help to shape the very space of your home itself to ensure that it gives you the environment that you want. Interior architects and interior designers can of course complement each other with their skills, and homify has a large directory of both of these services.

What does an interior architect do?

Interior architects are experts at manipulating the space of your home so that it is just right for you. For instance, an interior architect can shape doorways and other entrances, create extra rooms in the home, or alternatively merge two rooms into one to make a given area of the home more spacious. Interior architects also deal with key fixtures such as light fittings and door frames. Interior architects have the skills and knowledge that are needed to ensure that all the adjustments they make are both safe and aesthetically appealing. Attempting to alter the space of your home yourself without the aid of an interior architect can be tricky and even risky. Many people working on their home interiors have accidentally knocked through a load bearing wall, for instance, making their ceiling unstable!

Interior finishes & fittings

Of course, the space of your home should fit in perfectly with its interior finishes and fittings. The discipline of interior architecture extends to fixtures such as light fixtures and frames for doors and windows. With an interior architect, you can be sure that your home will be maximised to its full potential.

Lighting

Getting the right light fittings is essential for achieving the perfect ambiance for your living space. Use homify as your guide to finding the ideal lighting for your home; whether you favour robust wrought iron or soft fabric-shaded lamps, homify has all that you need to make your dreams reality. An interior architect will then be able to make your chosen light fittings part of an amazing interior design.

Room acoustics

Few people think about how the structural properties of a room affect its acoustics, but this is all part of the job for an interior architect. The last thing that you need in a room where you are entertaining guests is a creaky staircase, or an echoing effect where your voices are not warm and welcoming but rather reflect harshly off the walls. Nor do you want sound to leak in to your bedroom from the surrounding rooms when you are attempting to get some rest. Using furnishings, carpets, and carefully selected materials for walls and floors, an interior architect will ensure that the room acoustics throughout your home are perfectly calibrated.

How do I find the right interior architect for my home design project?

There are many ways to find an interior architect for your home project, and homify is one of them. Many interior architects have specialisations in specific areas of interior architecture, such as room acoustics or lighting, whilst still others are also trained as interior designers. So whether you just want an interior architect with a good all-round set of skills or someone with a specialisation to help you to complete a specific project, homify will have the answer.

What do I need to look out for when choosing an interior architect?

One good thing to check out is the individual architect’s CV. Where did they study? Where did they train? Do they have professional accreditation? Do they have any examples of completed projects that you can take a look at? Usually, you will be able to find plenty of information about interior architects on their homify profile. However, you can also contact an interior architect that you are thinking about hiring to ask to see their portfolio, so that you can judge whether their style of working is something that would fit in with your aspirations for your home. That is not to say that you should only opt for an interior architect with several decades of projects behind them. Often it is the young interior architects, who are just starting out on their careers, who have the most innovative design ideas.

How much will an interior architect cost?

There is an interior architect to suit every budget. The cost of hiring an interior architect will depend on what type of work you need done. If you want the entire floor plan and layout of your home completely overhauled within the overall building shell, then you can expect to pay more than if you just wanted an interior architect to re-jig the lighting or acoustics in your living room.

How do I best prepare for the first appointment with an interior architect?

Firstly, have a think about some key aspects of your project. It is always good to have a firm idea of your budget, perhaps with a little leeway when it comes to setting a maximum budget in case your interior architect has a really exciting idea that will look amazing, but will cost just a little bit more than what you were initially expecting to pay. Interior architects are trained to design a living space with reference to how that space would be used. So, thinking hard about what use you want to put the relevant rooms of your house to is also a must when it comes to preparing for a first appointment with an interior architect.

What other professionals do I need for my home building project?

Depending on the size and type of project you are undertaking, you may need to work with other professionals, such as interior designers or construction workers. Some interior architects work as part of a team, so will be able to suggest other professionals that you can use for your home building project. Or, you can select them yourself.

Architects

An architect’s role is to plan and design the whole home. Not only do they design houses, but any other kind of building, too, from schools to skyscrapers, churches to offices, all buildings involve architects. An interior architect, however, specialises on the interior spaces of a building, as opposed to an architect who focuses on the functionality of a whole building, and the aesthetics of its exterior.

Kitchen planner

As the name suggests, a kitchen planner’s role is to help you plan and design a suitable kitchen that meets your needs and your budget. Kitchen planners are often referred to as kitchen designers, and are proficient in both hand drawing and computer aided design, or CAD. They will help you through all stages of your kitchen project, and can even help with other areas such as the interior design.

Designer

In a sense, an interior architect is also an interior designer, as they are sensitive to the ways in which space can impact upon the atmosphere of a home. An interior architect does not just work with frills and ornaments however, but shapes your home in a more profound way by altering, or building on, its structure. In this way, an interior architect will ensure that your living space is perfectly fitted for the purposes that you want to use it for. It is up to you whether you want to hire an interior designer as well as an interior architect, or whether you want to use the basic structure created by an interior architect as a blank canvas on which to project your own design ideas. Whatever you choose, homify is here to help you. We provide a place for you to find plenty of design ideas, so let your creativity run wild amid our selection of colour schemes, furnishings, fittings, accessories and ideas for themed rooms or homes.