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  • Writer's pictureJulie Bliss

What is an architectural designer and how can I help you?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

When you’re looking at doing an extension or renovation, it can be tricky to know who best to get in to help! Many people get confused between architects, architectural designers and interior designers, so here’s some clarification!


An interior designer tends to deal with interior schemes, colour and soft furnishings;

An architectural designeris an interior designer who also offers a bit more than an interior designer; including some services more associated with architects, generally to do with plans – such as drawing up existing and proposed plans and elevations, submission of planning and building regulation applications, preparation of tender documents, including specifications and schedules of work.

As far as interior design is concerned, I will do everything an interior designer would do, including:

  • Create a design concept for your renovation or extension

  • Draw up CAD plans and renders to help you visualise the works

  • Create an interiors concept and implement it - helping you choose colour schemes, furniture, fixtures and fittings and giving assistance with styling and layout of your interiors.

As an architectural designer, I offer the following that an interior designer probably wouldn’t:

  • Consultation on planning and building regulations for the work you would like to do

  • Drafting of plans for planning applications to council

  • Submission of plans to council

  • Submission for building regulations

I have over 25 years of experience as an ‘architectural designer’, working with leading agencies and for myself, across both residential and commercial properties, but have chosen to specialise in residential renovations, extensions and interior schemes in my local area (Surrey/Kent borders).

If you’re looking for more clarification on what I do, or wish to discuss your proposed project and what you need to do to realise your ideas for your dream home, then please give me a call.

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