Home Design is a term to be used broadly for those involved in the architectural, interior design and related fields. There are many architects, painters, interior designers, engineers and so on involved in the field. The term is also used by other professionals such as decorators, builders and so on. While Home Design may cover a wide range of professions, it should not be confused with Interior Design which is a much narrower discipline and focuses more on the furniture, accessories and color scheme of a room than the interiors or buildings.
An architect is a professional who designs a building or renovates it and creates plans for how the building will function and look. Architects may work for specific firms or independently. They may be part of a team and communicate with clients on many levels such as project scheduling and budgeting. While an architect may not be directly involved in the creation of the finished home design, he/she may want to ensure that the client’s vision is brought to fruition. The role of an architect is therefore quite multifaceted and includes much more than just designing the building itself.
A Building Designer is someone who provides plans for the interior of a home based on the needs of the client. Building designers can work directly for architects or they may work as contractors for other firms. They create the blueprints for new homes and sometimes oversee the whole process. This means they are involved in every stage of home design from coordinating with clients, selecting furniture and other materials, selecting colours and textures and coordinating landscaping.
Decoration is a topic which is less focused upon by Home Design professionals but is a necessary component of Home Design. It is therefore not uncommon for Interior Designers to collaborate with decorators and landscape designers in order to bring all of the elements together. In most cases, Interior Designers is not involved in the actual decoration of a room or house themselves; rather they are employed by an architect or building designer to focus on certain elements. Examples of elements included within the profession are lighting, furniture and walls.
In some cases, the role of Home Designers may overlap with that of an architect. If a Self Build Project involves using a lot of space, it is often required for the Home Design team to coordinate the interior and exterior elements of the project, especially where the use of space is concerned. For example, if you plan on building your dream home and you plan on using the attic, it may be required to consult with an architect or building designer in order to ensure that there is no way that the attic can be used for storage purposes. The role of Home Designers then is to ensure that the room is aesthetically pleasing and that the various systems of the house are working correctly.
The role of an interior designer does not end with the creation of the actual building and interior decoration. Once the building has been built, the interior designer is responsible for continuing to maintain the appeal and functionality of the building. He or she will not only have to create new furniture that will continue to look good, but will also have to do anything necessary to prevent damage to the interior of the building, such as the plumbing system or wiring. Home Designers is therefore skilled at keeping their clients’ needs in mind, while ensuring that they do not cause an undue amount of headache or expense to achieve the results.