Architects Vs. Interior Designers

Architects vs Interior Designers

Deciding whether you need an architect or an interior designer depends on your needs. A trusted general contractor will be needed by both professional in order to bring your project to life.

Architects design buildings of any kind. An architect will draw up a design for a building or room (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) from scratch and supervise its construction. They will aim to build a unique and stylish building while making sure that the structure is both stable and sound.

Interior designers work with a client to draw up a design for the interior of a building while making sure the space is both functional and aesthetic. These designs can be simple only dealing with furnishings and paint or they can be more intensive and require a construction contractor to make structural changes.

Do you want to build a home from scratch and work with a professional to create both the interior and exterior? In this case you need an architect, while more expensive they can build exactly the home you want from the foundation up. Have a home that simply needs a makeover? This is a job for an interior designer. For considerably less than an architect a designer can help you decide whether to knock down a wall or put one up, what color to paint your living room, what countertop surface best suits your dream kitchen and much more. While both professions provide unique and valuable services, a contractor will be needed to make their ideas reality.

Counter Top Comparison

Likely the most popular countertop surface, Quartz is an engineered stone. It is made of a resin and quartz blend which allows for more color choices than you can find with natural stone. This durable and attractive surface is perfect for any kitchen or bathroom. Quartz ranges from 100-150$ per square foot.

Granite is a natural stone that makes for beautiful countertops. While they require some maintenance Granite countertops are among the strongest and most durable you can find. Granite can range from 50-200$ per square foot.

Marble is considered the most elegant counter top surface available. While requiring some maintenance, Marble offers outstanding durability and unparalleled beauty. Though it is among the most expensive surfaces ranging from 125-250$ per square foot.

Solid Surface is a man-made material that can mimic marble, granite or stone. It is affordable and easily repaired, making it one of the most cost effective counter top surfaces you can buy. Solid Surface countertops range from 75-125$ per square foot.

Butcher Block is a wooden, affordable, eco friendly surface that provides a warm, organic landing surface in a kitchen. If properly cared for this surface can be very durable and is a great choice for any kitchen. Butcher Block countertops range from 35-200$ per square foot.