What is the difference between a house designer and an architect?

Once licensed, an architect can design and supervise all types of construction projects, from schools to commercial skyscrapers. A residential designer, on the other hand, strictly designs homes. While an architect is a licensed design professional, an architectural designer is not. An architectural designer is one step below an architect when it comes to experience.

Before an architect approves AREs and obtains their license, she is an architectural designer. Both architects and interior designers are interesting and creative creatures who bring much-needed skills to home design. The main difference is that architects are licensed by a regulatory body, such as the Royal Institute of Architecture of Canada. There's no doubt that interior designers are the ones you should hire if you want a beautiful space, but their skills go far beyond beauty, since most have received training in the fields of architecture, design, construction, building codes and sustainability.

In general, an architect learns about design and problem solving at school, where she also receives intensive courses on the various construction systems and processes. Often, both types of design professionals charge a fixed fee for plans or charge per square foot. Once a building is built, it is the designer who must furnish and decorate the empty interiors. Details such as material selection, furniture, wall designs, color combinations, accessories and more are within the designer's reach.

Your exposure to design is usually by converting design drawings into construction documents on the computer. If denied, the architect or designer must work on the changes with the structural engineer and ask him to approve them before he can request them again. You can get equally amazing results from both architects and building designers, and the cost of each other's services is actually very similar. The design professional must also consider your budget and be willing to work with you (the customer), the builder, and other consultants (such as structural and electrical engineers) to incorporate your feedback into the design.

And it's likely that a draftsman has no education or experience in design, but is very fluent in using computer-aided design (CADD) software to create architectural drawings for construction. In addition, they will adapt the design of their custom-built house to the construction and zoning statutes of their lot and municipality. A building designer offers design and documentation services similar to those of an architect in residential and commercial construction. However, it's worth noting that the work done by any building designer must comply with local construction and planning regulations, or it won't be built at all.