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Old 09-16-2008, 05:29 PM   #1
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Remodeling home...consult architect or interior designer first?


DH & I are planning on remodeling our very tiny galley kitchen and adjoining family room by expanding out about 8 feet. The problem is, neither one of us has an eye for what goes together. We both know what we like/don't like when we see it, but just aren't creative enough to coordinate things on our own.

So, are we better off getting an interior designer's perspective first, or hiring an architect? Are architects trained in any way to help people decide on things like what countertop color looks best with a particular cabinetry color? On the flip side, would an interior designer be aware of things like plumbing & electrical requirements/codes? This is the home we plan on staying in for at least the next 15 years, until our children finish school, so we'd like to make it very much "ours".

Can anyone help? TIA!
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The Architect would build the vessel and the Interior Designer would fill it. Both would be on board from the beginning so they could interact on the process.
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You definately need the architect from square one. Ideally, you involve both of them before beginning, and they can both work together and with you to get you the desired end product.

If money becomes an issue, the architect is instrumental in your project's success and the interior designer is not.
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If you don't have your eye on anyone in particular in either field they would both have experts in the other field to refer you to. The designers I work with have their favorite architects and vicey-versy.
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my wife is a designer so I hear about this question everyday.....In general....Architects think from the outside in, designer inside out. By having both at the start you're covering all bases.
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An architect can help you only if you change the structure of your house. In many cases removing a wall could weaken the ceiling or puting a strain on other parts of the stucture.

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make sure your plans are safe and then contact an interior designer.
They are much more qualified to advice what looks good in your house.
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for what it's worth...there is a difference between an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator. The later can pick out colors and accessories. A designer should be better able to work with an Architect for a solution that is code compliant, structurally sound, functional, and asthetically pleasing. I've seen quite a lot of interaction with designers and architects. It's not just a serial process.
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