Architects, interior designers, general contractors–who does what and whom do you need? Let’s take a look at the roles of each in a remodeling job:
Architects – These professionals plan, design, and oversee the new construction for major remodeling projects. They know how and what to build to maintain the structural integrity of your house. You’ll need one if your project involves moving or eliminating walls or an otherwise extensive makeover.
Interior Designers — These folks specialize in making the room visually appealing. They know what matches what and what styles go with what features. They can be a big help in selecting everything from fixtures to paint colors, but they do not generally have construction expertise.
General Contractors — These hard-working professionals typically work from the plans drawn up by architects. They oversee the project, handling everything from getting permits to hiring and dealing with subcontractors (like electricians and plumbers).
Some other specialists you may encounter are certified designers that usually are professionals in one area. For example, a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) is schooled in all aspects of kitchen design, everything from creating layouts to buying materials to handling wiring and plumbing. Depending on the project, he or she may be able to take the jobs of both architect and general contractor.
No matter which professional you choose, make sure your design sensibilities mesh before deciding to hire someone. When you’re spending thousands of dollars for the home of your dreams, you want the whole process to be a dream, not a nightmare.
Source: Design Ideas for Kitchens