Sometimes clients are unaware of the role architects play in the interior design of a building. When looking at photographs of architect designed houses it’s often the subtle refinements of the internal finishings that make the house stand out. This can be the selection of fittings, colours and the details of the built-in joinery, which add the distinguishing features to these buildings. Without the guidance of an architect’s experience and eye for detail, sometimes these small but crucial details can be overlooked.
Interior architecture is an added skill, requiring architects as designers to consider all aspects of an interior space that will affect human habitation. This covers many facets including ergonomics, materials, plumbing, lighting, finishes, electrical requirements, ventilation, and innovative, clever use of space.
The Building Design Process
During the design process, the architect holds several meetings with clients to determine preferences and requirements in relation to the budget. The detailing of the interiors also ensures that the builder has all the information required to accurately cost the project and then, during construction, ensure that the house is finished properly.
During the preparation of our construction drawings and specifications we provide clients with checklists for what they need, plus images from a large number of completed projects We can showcase different colours, materials, and layouts for kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and the other spaces within a house.
As experienced architects with numerous projects completed, we also have available a large range manufacturer’s information regarding products. We can advise on cost differences and implications of varying options.
It’s important to maintain close consultation with clients throughout the interior design process so that selections are made in the context of the earlier design decisions. This ensures that the building maintains a consistent theme in terms of finishes, materials, and the required quality standards.
Of course, an architect does not always have significant input into the interior design process. In some cases clients prefer to take a leading role and have definite ideas on different products and materials.
Post Construction Drawings
On the completion of our construction documents, all the information required to build the project is incorporated, including specifications for kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
Details of any built-in joinery are also included, plus the extent of tiling, timber flooring or other special finishes such as the selection of taps, basins, all the way through to door and cupboard handles.
Even those details which may be assumed as simple or straightforward can make a world of difference to the finished project. This includes items such as the correct location of power points, the style and placement of lighting, the junctions of different materials, finishes and colours.
When an architect uses their skills to maximum effect in the design of a building, the quality of light and space will speak for itself. Interiors should complement and enhance the architectural spaces, rather than using them as props or special effects.
Our job is to show clients how the careful integration of interior design can enrich the finish of their building.