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Understanding the Role of Building Designers

People generally believe that aesthetics are the core of building design. Truth be told, aesthetics are only one aspect of it.

When planning the layout of a building, building designers will take into account the level of comfort for the occupants as well as the energy efficiency and potential resale value of the property. Building designers also consider site conditions, long-term maintenance costs, and the client’s lifestyle and budget.

Whether you are planning to build a new home or a commercial complex, you will need the services of a building designer. Here are all the things you need to know before hiring the best company to design your idea.

What do building designers do?

Aside from preparing drawings for your building, a building designer will work with your construction team to ensure that the structural and aesthetic elements combine well to produce a structure that will look good and last for years to come.

A building designer may also take care of the necessary paperwork for approvals and construction permits. In addition, a building designer can provide advice and assistance with town planning applications, contract administration, colour and fitting selections, and the coordination of consultants and subcontractors.

Building designers may specialise in residential work, such as new homes, heritage restorations, renovations, and extension works. They may also specialise in commercial and industrial projects, including offices, factories, and restaurants.

Are building designers the same as architects?

Technically, both architects and building designers plan the design and layout of a building. The only difference is that, to be legally called an architect, a professional must have formal tertiary education, pass a licensure exam, and be registered with a state-based architecture board.

On the other hand, a building designer can come from a number of design-related backgrounds and can operate with no registration or credentials. They are not required to hold a licence in the following states and territories: Western Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia, and ACT.

Although they don’t need licence to operate, their designs will need to comply with building and planning regulations.

Finding a building designer?

Get referrals from a business colleague who has worked with a good building designer before. Or, look up local professionals and firms through Oneflare to ensure your building designer holds the necessary qualifications and insurance.

Read customer reviews and ask for quotes to gather information to help you make the right decision. Lastly, make sure to ask for a written contract that clearly explains the scope of work for your project.

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