Interior designer vs Architect – which do you need?


When you’re looking to have your home redesigned it can be difficult to know who to turn to and what level of work is required. To understand the differences between interior design and architecture, Susan White from Iggi Interior Design takes a closer look

Why hire an architect?

An architect is schooled in designing the structure and form of a building. Elements that an architect specialises in include researching building codes and setting permits. They also handle exterior design elements like site plans, foundation plans and roof framing.

Their knowledge includes the electrical and plumbing requirements. They may well focus on the home’s interior architecture, trim, millwork and ceiling finishes.

Why hire an interior designer?

On the other hand, an interior designer manages the interior modification of space. This can range from minute details like the most comfortable distance between a bar stool and a dining table to knowing that a Japanese tub room must be waterproofed before tiles are installed.

As part of their job, they can be called upon to create lighting plans for each room, designing fixtures and placings to create a feeling of ambience. They are best placed to offer advice on the superficial elements of design, such as the use of interior materials, finishes, furnishings, drapery, paint colour, wallpaper and accents.

Interior architects - a marriage of form and function

While both architects and interior designers are skilled in their respective fields, there is traditionally very little crossover. As interior architects, our role is to make everything as seamless as possible for our clients in need of a home redesign, bridging the gap between interior design and architecture.

In a word, we reconstruct the interior space to make it most adaptable to you and your needs. This can range from minor partitions rearrangement to the gutting of a property and extensions. So if your new home design requires you to move walls, adapt staircases or make other structural changes, we can help.

Our founder and lead designer Susan White and her team are expertly trained to work one to one with clients, helping them discover their unique tastes and vision. Susan works with each homeowner to establish their interests, cultural background, family life and inspirations to provide an interior that works intuitively with its structure. From heading off on continental shopping trips, to enlisting the help of some of the most skilled artisans, our interior architect service will turn your home from standard to standalone. To find out more, get in touch for a consultation.

To find out more visit www.iggi.co.uk/ 

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