Interior and Architectural Design for Actual Usage

Interior and Architectural Design for Actual Usage

I am often called to homes to help fix problems. What kind of problems? Well, the buffet in the dinning room needs space around it requiring the dining room table to be moved off center in the room but then the chandelier isn’t over the table anymore, or the fireplace is on a 45 degree angle in the room and is forcing all the furnishings to be the same way which doesn’t work for the complete room, or a window on a wall in the master bedroom won’t allow for the TV to be opposite the bed for viewing, etc..

As a specialized interior designer I am experienced at identifying these types of problems and I know how to solve them. But solving these problems is not as desirable as preventing them in the first place. Seems sensible enough right? So why then would anyone create new spaces with these built-in handicaps?

Two main reasons. First is that many architects’ priority is exterior aesthetics and so for example windows may be placed consequently, often with disregard to what that does to the interior. Second is a without of basic understanding of how to create a successful interior. Now this is not to “bash” architects, because interior designers do not have the knowledge that licensed architects have when it comes to site considerations, total building massing design, structural elements, and building code requirements. But we are talking here about making a house or workspace be a functional and aesthetic success which is where interior designers excel.

When it comes to designing spaces that people live and work in I feel that an achieved interior designer is who should direct the architectural design aspect of the project. By “architectural” I average the partition layout for bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, and the like. In addition, the designer should locate fireplaces, windows, lighting, HVAC elements, and other interior features. On my projects I do all theses things in addition as addressing the exterior design so as to be consistent with the interior design. Interior designers are the interior experts and should be in on the beginning of all such projects. So, if you plan to build a new home or design a workplace I suggest that you have a specialized interior designer direct the design from the conception. Yes, other professionals have a necessary role in the project but it is the “designer” that should be the rule. I feel so strongly about this that I truly design residential architecture thoroughly and then submit the plans to builders & engineers to complete the necessary structural elements which may be required. The consequence is amazing! Everything seems to have a place and is ready for your furnishings and your lifestyle.

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