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Or…What Exactly is a Residential Designer?

Brent Ellergodt

Our Residential Designer

What we’ve come to realize in recent years, is that there is some confusion out there about what the difference is between an Architect, a Residential Designer, and an Interior Designer.

When we were recently at the Calgary Home and Garden Show we would hear comments as people passed our booth like “Oh… that’s just a designer”, or people would see our design photos and say “Oh… you just do exteriors?” or “So…you’re an interior designer?”   It seemed like a good idea to set the record straight.

Here’s a (very) generalized breakdown:

Interior Designer:

Possesses a diploma or degree in Interior Design.   Focus is on interior finishes (everything after drywall) including detailed kitchen & bath cabinet design, flooring, wall coverings, electrical and plumbing fixtures, colour schemes, furnishings, window coverings.   Planning of residential and commercial spaces within the building shell (non-structural design).  Liaison between home owners and trades/suppliers.

Residential Designer:

Usually possesses a diploma in Architectural Technologies.  Full design from the beginning (blank page) up to drywall stage.  Exterior and interior structure, layout, flow, shape, use of space, placement of building on site.  Deals with municipality, approvals, permits.  Technical expertise in bylaw, site selection, building code, sustainable principles, construction technology.  Pursues continuing education out of personal interest (see below).  Melds creative design /problem solving with technical expertise.  Scope of practice is focused on single to multi-family (up to 4 stories) residential design and small commercial projects.  Enlists the expertise of an Architect on larger scale multi-family projects or new commercial design.  Extensive understanding of construction practices and building code.  Liaison between homeowners and builders.  Consults with homeowners, builders and realtors regarding  sites building potential.

Architect:

Possesses a minimum of a degree in Architecture.  Plans and designs a full spectrum of buildings as well as coordinate construction.  Exterior and interior structure, layout, flow, shape, use of space, placement of building on site.  Deals with municipality, approvals, permits.  Technical expertise in bylaw, site selection, building code, sustainable principles, construction technology.  Must keep up with mandatory annual licensing, registration, and continuing education.  Melds creative design with technical expertise.  Scope of practice covers all types of buildings.  Leads team of engineering consultants during projects.  Must carry mandatory professional liability insurance.

So what about Brent, our principal designer? CardsAs you can see, he has had a long (30+) and varied career in the field of residential design.  He has worked for Architects, Interior Designers, and a number of Production Builders – all experiences which led him to where he is today.

Brent has provided design services in the residential construction industry in areas ranging from internal renovations, additions, custom inner city/acreage/vacation homes as well as small to large multi-family projects.

Brent’s passion for continuing education and ongoing improvement has led him to pursue certification as:

This wide range of focus within the residential design field, has been a huge asset to him as a designer – as well as to his clients.  He always brings to the table a wide array of experience and insight that only serves to improve his attention to detail on each project.

Brent has had the privilege of collaborating on many projects with talented architects, interior designers, and engineering consultants.  These relationships have enabled him to provide progressive and versatile design services, leading to larger and more diverse opportunities.

If you are a builder or homeowner currently seeking out a designer for your project, or if you just want to connect…give us a call at 403.242.2704 or find us online at www.beginwithdesign.com

 

 

Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by Ellergodt Design
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