Definition of interior design
: the art or practice of planning and supervising the design and execution of architectural interiors and their furnishings
Renovations can be a stressful undertaking, especially when you are renovating a main space in your home. The seemingly endless options available today can become overwhelming and may even cause a homeowner to give up on creating the home of their dreams. However, that does not have to be the case! Renovations, if done correctly and following a well-structured process can add great value to your home and breathe new life into a space that time has taken its toll on.
They are a great asset to have during the planning and construction phases of a renovations and experts in space planning, functionality, aesthetics, material and product selections. It is often a misconception that hiring an interior designer is out of reach financially for homeowners looking to plan and execute a renovation. However, working with an Interior Designer, especially one who is part of a design-build firm can help by guiding the project through the important steps to avoid unnecessary expenses and costs that can easily come with inexperience.
They can also help manage the timeline of the design phase and keep organized all the necessary decisions required before construction. Ultimately, this allows homeowners to have a better sense of a realistic design completion date and/or construction start date and can play a major role in efficiently and effectively using the allotted time.
In a tangible sense, during the design phase an Interior Designer will be able to tell you what work needs to be done, when to do it, products that work best and where to find them. They help guide the search for the necessary products and finishes so the task of finding your desired materials is more manageable and enjoyable. They should have the experience to know which suppliers and manufactures will have the best quality products, variety and price points that best suit the homeowner’s requirements.
In a world full of choice, it can be a struggle to find the right people and company to work with when planning a renovation. An Interior Designer can help guide you to the correct construction team or they may even have a team of their own (like us!). A design-build firm is a perfect place to start when looking for a designer to help with your renovation ideas. A design-built firm is a company that has their own in-house staff from administration, estimators, project developers, designers, project management and carpenters. These internal departments work closely from the preliminary design straight through to the construction completion to ensure the renovation runs smoothly and that all aspects are taken care of, while consulting the homeowner throughout each phase.
One of the most important roles of an Interior Designer is to plan a creative and unique space design to suit a homeowner’s functional needs. They can assist them in finding the perfect design style that suits their preferences and help to execute it effectively. They know the accessories and elements that can create an impressive living space. They understand the science behind design elements that will ultimately create your dream interior.
The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them
Written by Carley Mulligan & Mallory McCarthy.
Carley Mulligan is part of our Interior Design team. She is in her fourth year of the Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program at Fanshawe College.
Mallory McCarthy graduated from Algonquin College with Honours from the Bachelor of Interior Design Program. She discovered her passion for residential design soon after graduation and has been a designer at Artium Design Build & Just Basements since 2017. Mallory is a strong believer that a well-designed interior environment can play a significant role in enriching the lifestyle and well-being of the people who inhabit them.