Architect designed home – why you should use an architect and an interior designer

Architect designed home

When it comes to home renovations and building design, homeowners often have doubts about whether they should hire an architect, a building designer, or an interior designer. Such projects require significant investments, time, and planning to emerge in a unique solution that will suit your life and lifestyle. In this article, we would like to closely explain why when building an architect designed home, having all the phases until the last touches handled by professionals is the most cost-effective solution.

Before a project reaches the Interior Design phase, a significant amount of investment is spent, often leaving the decision of hiring a professional to plan the interiors, optional. This is generally a detrimental decision for the result of a project. Properties that are professionally done only until a certain phase lack in impression, character, and a required wow-effect. Moreover, these types of luxury projects appear unfinished, and this can negatively impact their value.

Let’s look at some of the reasons why hiring an architect and an interior designer to realize your vision could be the most cost-effective decision you will make in this process.


You will turn to an architect when you want to custom and seamlessly bond the building to the available land. Once you have your land ready the architects will fit the parameters of your dream home into the available space. A big part of an architect’s creation is the experience and the connection of the structure to the surrounding environment. This includes the most effective exposure to views, sunlight, shade, and the breeze, and other environmental aspects.

Architect designed homes are highly sought-after thanks to their well-thought-of layouts and orientation, energy efficiency, superior material selection, and the general impression they leave.

Every given land has its advantages and disadvantages, and the architect will optimally use the advantage points and maximize their benefits while utilising less attractive features in a highly functional manner. Architects will determine the optimal entry and exit, garage, and parking spots, electrical, utilities, landscape, and all the other functionally defining factors in the property.

Architects will also help you set a realistic budget for your project, take care of council planning processes, inquire about quotes, and taking charge of all phases during the planning phase of your build or renovation.

However, one of the most important jobs of an architect is to listen and understand what requirements the space needs to generate to meet your lifestyle and vision. He will provide spatial solutions, layouts, and designs that align with that story.



In the span of an interior designer to an architect, a building designer sits closer to the architect with more attention on the project management and the documentation side of things. A building designer generally oversees the documentation process in residential and commercial construction.

Their work involves sketching and drafting building plans, calculating labour and material requirements and costs, examining the codes and requirements for a building site, and preparing relevant documentation.

Building designers can work for builders, or they can work directly for a client but in general, they collaborate.


Once the architect has set the perfect frame for your life, the interior designer is there to adapt it to your preferences, lifestyle, and your routines.

The definition of interior design is the art of enhancing the interior space of a building to achieve a functional, healthier, and aesthetically pleasing environment for the people who use the space.

The Interior Designer is someone who had undertaken relevant education and training to acquire a required level of knowledge to plan, research, coordinate, and manage property design and enhancement projects.  The role of the interior designer is to adapt and coordinate phases from interior architecture to the furniture layout plan. Designing a space requires hours of careful planning, outlining concepts, drawing, drafting, modeling, searching, and sourcing products. Conceptualising and weighing options to produce a cohesive spatial solution that will live and evolve with the residents requires significant time and expertise. The outcome of the interior designer’s work should complement the lifestyle and the character of inhabitants on a functional and aesthetic level, creating a unique personal print that stands the test of time.

Sometimes the general perception of interior design gives a false idea that this is simple to do. However, that is only because this idea scratches the surface of this occupation and does not take all the design phases into account. Only the last 10% of the job looks fun and this is the part that is obvious to the untrained eye. The other 90% is hard and complex. By the time an interior designer reaches a phase of interior decorating, 90% of the project has already been completed.


For anyone who is not experienced in managing house renovations and design, it is important to stress, that extensive research and visits to suppliers, choosing finishes and fittings, besides being time- consuming could leave you anxious and even more confused. This can generate various complications, cutting corners, and unnecessary expenses. This brings us to the cost-effectiveness of hiring an Interior Designer.

Starting from the most efficient floorplan and furniture layout, functionality, harmonious flow between rooms, to the aesthetic appeal of the space, the interior designer’s job is to expand your budget’s reach. While carefully managing your budget, a professional will always emphasize critical points in the space, underlining the quality of the property.

An experienced designer will work with you to optimize your space, as well as know where to get the best brands, finishes, and furniture for the best prices. Moreover, an Interior Designer liaise with trades and suppliers, getting access to services and products at trade-only pricing. These collaborations bring significant cost savings as well as other benefits to your property.

Having your property designed by an experienced Interior Designer doesn’t only improve your lifestyle and how you feel in your living space, but the getting the best value for money. Designer homes come with a certain cohesiveness and appeal that boosts the value of your property on the market.


To further use all the potentials and the benefits of the space we strongly recommend doing the Feng Shui assessment, whether on the land you are planning to build on or on the existing property.

Each property comes with a certain energy print, and whether you are aware of it or not, the energy of the space you spend a lot of time in, a bedroom, for instance, will affect you in some way. Feng Shui works in a deeply personalized way, where a practitioner analyses the energy of the property based on its unique parameters, conditions, and its surroundings and balances the energies in a way to support the occupants’ life.

A proven strategy to set the property and its occupants for a successful and balanced life is to seek Feng Shui guidance before starting the extensions or renovations to the house, or when deciding the layout on the new block of land. These methods make everything smoother in the long run because it allows you to set out your property to support you and create a healthy environment from the start. In this case, based on the Compass and Flying Star readings, the Feng Shui consultant will advise what will be the most auspicious layout and orientation on your block of land.

Whatever reason for seeking help from a Feng Shui consultant you have, it will always bring valuable insights and solutions to your living environment and infuse fresh new energy to support you in your life.


Architect and interior-designed homes are bespoke and exclusive, they carry an impression, features, and quality that come with a certain value. Furthermore, these professionals, starting with architect-designed homes, are placing a great focus on energy efficiency, maximizing the naturally sourced power, and utilizing all possible eco-friendly solutions. For these reasons we strongly believe, the more collaboration between architects, interior designers, and finally Feng Shui practitioners there is, the more value, human-centred design, and quality of living is built-in into the property.

Nancy Malekpour specialises in interior space planning and collaborates with renowned architects, building designers, and Feng Shui practitioners to create healthier and happier human-centered custom-designed homes. Contact Nancy today to discuss your future designer home that is energetically balanced and that will support your growth in life.

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