Who Do You Contact? Who are the professionals?
What are their roles?
Designs the over-all concept of a project. Commonly concentrates on the building fabric and finishes, spatial sizes and interaction between these spaces. Sometimes designs a project completely through to door knobs & furnishings.
- Interior Designer
Designs the lay-out and facility placement with-in the spaces provided by the architect. They consult with the architect to ensure that the vision of the project is maintained. (air-con ducts, wiring plans, plumbing plans etc.)
- Interior decorator
Colours, furniture, furnishings and their placement, textures, light levels and how they can be balanced. Brings your personality to the project.
- Project Manager
Ordering and supply of materials. Co-ordination of trades. Maintaining time-line to meet completion dates and budget.
- Prime Contractor (usually builder)
The contractor who is responsible for the bulk of the build.
Specialized trades that are responsible for sections of the build.
Which one will be best for you?
Like all things in life there are many roads to the destination of a finished project.
The size and complexity of a project will often determine which professional you approach to oversee your project. For many of us it is as simple as visiting a friend or family member and liking their project that decides us that this is someone you can trust and would like to work with.
Trust is a major factor in the project’s journey. You must feel confident and happy with how your project will be handled. Book a preliminary meeting, a have a good chat, then check the credentials of your chosen professionals with their industry bodies/ associations. If you still have doubts, contact another in the same profession and see how you feel then.
Whoever you contact first, most professionals have a network of other professionals to suggest if your project needs more specialized input than they can provide.