12 reasons you should hire an Architect or Interior designer for your next project

The abundance of home renovation shows on television have made DIY-design projects seem like a walk in the park, but the reality is there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes that the cameras just don’t show. If you’re planning a renovation or new build, the best way to ensure everything runs smoothly is to hire an Architect or Interior designer. Here’s why….

  1. They can turn your wildest dreams into a concrete reality – You’ve probably got some amazing ideas of how you want your space to look, but articulating them and bringing them to life is another story, right? After a deep briefing with you, a good Architect and/or designer can show you how these plans translate into a bricks and mortar design project.
  2. They can save you loads of cash and time – Between their product knowledge, industry contacts and military-grade planning skills, you won’t be throwing good money after bad decisions or scrambling to finish your project by the deadline.
  3. Their holistic approach will bring you back down to earth – Sometimes we have wild ideas that don’t work so well in reality, or we become so fixated on smaller details we lose sight of the bigger picture. An Architect or designer approaches each project with a strategic game plan, getting those tiny tweaks right but always keeping the overarching themes in mind, so you don’t end up with a mish-mash of styles or a space that fails to meet your needs.
  4. They’ll help you get it right, first time – Fixing construction and design mistakes can be a costly exercise, not to mention the stress and sleepless nights that you’ll experience if your project goes horribly wrong. With an Architect or designer at the helm, you can avoid these errors and achieve the result you’re dreaming of, first time round.
  5. They’ll take care of all that boring, technical stuff – Building codes, council regulations, zoning laws…. Are you starting to doze off just thinking about them?! When you build or renovate, there’s an endless stream of tedious paperwork and complex guidelines you need to get through, that it almost seems too hard to bother. So, why not hand these brain-draining tasks over to someone who has the skills and experience to handle them?
  6. Their little black book will come in handy – With a long list of industry contacts on speed dial, your Architect or designer is bound to know a cabinet maker who can whip up your custom bookcase, or a glass artist who’ll create a showstopping light feature for your dining area without breaking the bank.
  7. They can help you get a better deal – Not only will your Architect or designer know the right tradie to tap on the shoulder, their close ties within the construction industry mean they can hunt down more affordable rates, freeing up cash in your budget for other items.
  8. They’re up to date with the latest technology and trends – Not only will your Architect or designer have in-depth knowledge of the best products on the market, they also understand how best to utilise them, so they truly enhance your space. You’ll save money, time and stress, and the functionality of your space will be improved.
  9. They know where to spend, and where to save – When you’re on a limited budget, it can be hard to figure out where you should splash your cash, and what elements you can afford to scrimp on. An Architect or designer can help you separate the value-adds from the nice-to-haves, giving you the best possible return your investment.
  10. They can add value to your project – We all know a good build or renovation can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of property, but it’s also true that a badly designed or poorly executed project can have a negative effect on your projects worth. Designers and Architects know what buyers and valuers are looking for, and can help you boost the value of your project more than you ever thought possible.
  11. They understand how to project manage effectively – Running a renovation project or new build is no easy feat, and things can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t have your finger on the pulse! With a budget and time frame to adhere to and various contractors to coordinate, it’s vital you have a captain navigating the ship on your behalf. Your Architect or designer will steer the project and keep everyone on course while you get back to your regular life, so you can achieve your vision with minimal complications or disruptions.
  12. They’ll hold your hand and keep you sane – Completing a major renovation or building a new home is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever undertake, so why brave it alone? Your Architect or designer will become your best friend, counsellor and voice of reason throughout the process, and be the sounding board and shoulder to cry on that you never knew you needed.


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