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Five main responsibilities of an interior designer explained

interior designer What you can expect from your

require a large kitchen? What do they do for work and what is needed to comfortably work from home? How often do they actually host family events?” Founder and principal at the Level Studio, Campacci uses these questions to create a design that is tailored to daily life.

Determine the cost of completion and project requirements in the budgeting phase At this step, a registered interior designer will send you a contract with project details and a proposed budget. You may think, “It’s just a bathroom, how much of this needs to be documented?” Do yourself a favour and read that contract well! An interior designer will provide you with a contract and document the project throughout all phases to reduce confusion.

Conceptualize and sketch design plans Outline the client’s design objectives A registered interior designer will meet with you to discuss your vision, your needs and your budget for the project. They will ask what’s working and what’s not working, and an ideal timeline. “We like to know about the client as much as possible and how they enjoy spending their day,” says registered interior designer Luca Campacci from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). “For example, do they cook often and

Once you’ve reviewed and signed the contract, they will measure your space and create a series of drawings for you and the construction team that details things such as the new floorplan, plumbing, electrical and HVAC, and can include speakers and internet connections.

Set a timeline for the completion of an interior design project It can feel like there’s a lot of “hurry up and wait,” with different trades coming in followed by a long wait. Your interior designer can provide guidance

on timing, including building permits. Moreover, with supply chain issues and tradespeople in heavy demand, you may have to recalibrate your expectations.

Source materials and products Remember that big book of fabrics and samples? This is where that comes in. For many, this is a really fun part, where your creativity can run wild. For others, it can be agonizing to decide between a durable quartzite or a gorgeous veined marble. Relax! With an extensive knowledge of materials and suppliers, an interior designer can provide options for something that’s sturdy and beautiful. Campacci has strategies for getting this information. “For esthetic direction, we take inspirational images from the client. It shows us what appeals to them and picks up on subtleties that they may not be able to articulate. Interesting artwork or decor they already possess can also be a source of inspiration.” An interior design project can involve a ton of decisions, and after looking at the millionth faucet, it’s normal to have decision fatigue. An interior designer can make decisions you don’t want to address or bring you three choices, so you’re not stuck in decision paralysis. Taking on a home renovation project is no small task, but a registered interior designer can make the process a lot less complicated.

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Luca Campacci, ARIDO, Level Studio Inc Photo: Level Studio

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hen you picture meeting with an interior designer, what is the first thing that springs to mind? It’s easy to imagine that the surface, or decor concerns will be a big part of the discussion, but they’re really one of the final steps in renovation projects. Here is what you can also expect when you’re working with a registered interior designer:


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