Understanding which Professional Designer you need.

Understanding which Professional Designer you need.

At times I find it difficult to convey to clients the value of using a designer if they have never experience working with one before. When a potential client is searching for a designer they generally find one mainly through referrals from friends, relatives or neighbours. This is not a bad thing but it should NOT be the only Factor. Do your homework.

Ask yourself:
Do they have the experience?
What about their credentials?
Would they be creative enough to deliver what I’m looking for?
Can they interpret my wants & needs?
Look at their portfolio (you may not find exactly you are looking for but you will get a feel for their design ability) ask how they arrived at that design.

You should also be asking:
How is our chemistry?
Are they listening & understanding?
What is their design process?
And anything else you find important to know for yourself.

Understanding the basics of what each professional does
Residential Architects: have a formal educational degree & must intern before final professional designation is granted. They basically have knowledge of how a structure gets assembled, materials used & deliver plans & specifications according to the zoning & building codes & can guide you through the governmental processes. Service also include preparation of tendering documents; project management & or supervision.

Engineers: have formal educational degree. There are many types of specific engineering categories such structural as the main one used in residential. They are professionally responsible for & guarantee the structure being sound & stable.

Residential Interior Designers: have a formal educational degree and generally are not required to have to intern. Most US States and some Canadian provinces require a Designation of NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) before being allowed to be called, “Interior Designer.” As a qualified Interior Designer they are trained in the health, safety and welfare of their clients. They are knowledgeable about & qualified, to select & design everything that is attached to the inside of a structure. For Example: Space planning, function, flooring, walls, lighting, millwork, electrical, plumbing, etc. This is set up as the backdrop or the “Bones”of the room.
Qualifications also include the function & aesthetics of decoration.

Residential Interior Decorators: generally do not have formal education or training. This category deals with the aesthetics only i.e. the colours, furnishings & accessories.

Stagers: assemble rented furnishings from various sources & are generally used in Real Estate to enhance the spaces being sold. In the majority are not formally trained.