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    Should You Hire An Architect or a Home Designer?

    Published on May 14, 2015

    Apr 14, 2015

    Knowing the difference between a professional architect and a home designer often confuses some clients, which is perfectly understandable. After all, their roles do sound similar. One of the main differences, however, is that architects looking to work on projects with NSW home builders must be licensed with a state-based architecture board.

    Just to be clear, however, saying that home designers are not required to be licensed with a State-based architecture board is not the same thing as saying that anyone can do the job!

    Here is a quick comparison guide to help you determine who you need for your next home renovation project.


    Architects bring years of formal education and practical experience, which is why they also charge premium prices for their services. Having said that, a professional licensed architect needs to adhere to a certain code of standard, which makes them more accountable for services rendered.

    Their scope of knowledge on design theory, engineering, and project management go to much deeper levels than a home designer’s. That makes them more skilled at solving complex design issues and ensuring the designs are compliant with building standards.

    In addition, certain home design projects that go beyond a certain size limit may require a final seal of approval by an architect.

    Home Designers

    Although home designers are generally not as formally educated as an architect, there is a big difference between a home design, and a well-designed home. A good home designer may be the ideal choice for smaller additions around the home that also add functionality and can create amazing home designs.

    One key fact to keep in mind is that home designers need to have a substantial amount of functional home design knowledge so their work can finally comply with building and planning regulations that all Northern NSW home builders are required to comply with.

    Who should you choose?

    Ultimately, who you should hire is dependent on the size and scope of your home renovation project. There will always be architects that do a good job at low cost as well as great home designers who will charge above market rates.

    The best way to choose the right person for the job is to thoroughly interview the candidate and compare professional qualifications. You need a person that can best fulfill your needs at the best value.

    Contact Perry Homes today and we will be glad to help assess your project goals and help you pick the best professionals for your needs.

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