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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a home designer and an architect?

Architects design and build a home, and home designers create and maximise space within a home.

 

An architect provides detailed drawings (usually 2D) of the structure of your property, ensuring everything meets building regulations and structural codes. On the other hand, a home designer knows what's structurally possible and where you can use existing services but focuses on making the best use of space, considering how spaces flow throughout the home. And thanks to 3D designs, a home designer can also try out different colours and materials to add the finishing touches and help in your decision-making along the way.

Whether you use a home designer, an architect or both will depend on your project. Some designs will need an architect, and some won't, which we can establish during your consultation. For many domestic projects, using an architect won't be necessary, but you may also decide to get a quote from an architect to compare the options.

What is the difference between a home designer and an interior designer?

Home designers and interior designers are very similar, focusing on interior elements such as the flow and functionality of space and aesthetic style choices. The main difference is that a home designer concentrates on the functionality and usability of the space, and an interior designer has the end look and feel in mind.

How much do you charge?

Every project is different, and I’m lifestyle and budget focused regarding quotes. After your free consultation, the fixed-priced package for your design will provide the essentials to capture your vision, our ideas, and the structural design your builder will need to get started. Design packages start from £250 and depend on the type of room and size of the project. Your fixed-price package is invoiced 50% upfront and 50% on completion.

Ongoing, optional extras provide flexibility to continue working in the best way that suits you. For example, supporting decisions on windows and doors or bathroom layouts. This element of your project is charged at £40/ hour, paid monthly as required.

When should I get you involved in my project?

The ideal time to bring me on board is right at the start. That way, we can explore what’s possible and pinpoint precisely what you are looking for and who you will need in your team, from architects and builders to kitchen fitters and decorators.

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I live in Oxford. Can I use your services?

Yes, you can, but there are geographical limitations.

I’m not an online service provider because I need to engage with the space we are looking to change. So, whilst we can talk as much as necessary on the phone and by email, I will require several site visits. With this in mind, I work with clients within 20 miles of my office in Hermitage, Berkshire, and this covers West Berkshire and parts of Hampshire, Oxfordshire, and Wiltshire.

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