Undertaking a renovation of your home is not an every day occurrence. It’s a daunting prospect to embark on something so unfamiliar to most homeowners. So if you need an updated kitchen or bath or need to enlarge the living area, what do you do first? And how do you decide what kind of expert you need? No one answer fits all situations but here is a general guideline on the various professionals and how they might help you with your project.
Architects are professionals trained in engineering and design theory. They have experience dealing with building codes which often change and must be kept current. Architects usually have broad experience so they can bring different ideas and suggestions to the table. They also are familiar with the construction of your home and are able to design the new space to work well with the existing space.
Sometimes architects serve as the project manager and oversee the actual construction. This can be expensive since architects typically charge a percentage of the total cost of the project to manage it which would be in addition to the cost to design the plan and prepare construction drawings for the project.
Interior Designers are also experts at a particular aspect of the project. They are trained to understand traffic flow, use of space and materials. Their main contribution is in understanding a homeowner’s style preferences so they can help select the right finishes and colors to pull together any size project. Interior designers are not typically trained in the more structural aspects of a project so the fees paid here are for a specific expertise. It is also unusual for a designer to act as a project manager on a large or complicated project.
Design Build Contractors are experienced in construction. The good ones have structural expertise so they can advise you during the planning process of the implications of various ideas and help you decide if you need a full-service architect. They also have product knowledge and keep up on the latest technologies. They can show you the many choices that are available so you can choose which ones will best fit your budget. They also serve as project managers providing schedules for the work to be done and coordinating the specialty contractors such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters. Design Build Contractors do not have the high level technical expertise of an architect or the specific design sensibilities of an interior designer. They have a broad understanding of both and can recommend when a project needs this extra level of involvement.
Cipriani Remodeling Solutions is a design build contractor. We work with both architects and interior designs, as the project requires, ensuring that each renovation gets the level of expertise it requires. For over 30 years, we have worked with homeowners to determine the right design for their home and their budget. We also understand the effect that a major renovation has on the people living in the home so we make every effort to contain and minimize that impact.
Cipriani Remodeling Solutions is the expert you need, the craftsmen you want and the partner you trust.