Name That Expert

Often, you’ll hear the phrases “go get some expert advice” or “talk to the experts” when it comes to building and renovation work.  But if you’ve never built a home before or this is your first time renovating, then it’s easy to wonder just WHO these “experts” are, and question how are they going to help you with your project?  Let us help you clarify some of the key people and their roles for you to help you make the best decision.

Draughtsman:

This is the person that takes your ideas and puts them to paper in a very precise plan to act as a blueprint for you.  If your renovations are relatively minor, you might be able to get away with just employing the services of a draughtsman – however if they’re more complex then you’ll need to look at employing the services of an….

Architect:

This person is the lynch pin in your renovation plans if you’re wanting to change any of external aspects of your house.   They have the lowdown on everything from building consents, including the process and regulations, understanding your home foundations, and discussing anything from soil report findings to boundary confirmations.  Most importantly they look at how your home fits into its surroundings.  They’ll give you ideas on how to approach your renovation or building process as well as point you in the direction of reputable tradies.  Like most things, costs are variable for Architects based on the scope and complexity of your project – however this shouldn’t get in the way of them being able to provide you with a fee schedule upfront or their vision for your project.  Once your plans here are sorted its time to look at using a…

Project Manager:

Often people think they can project manage their own renovation project or build – saving themselves money in the process.  This however is not always the case, particularly if you are working full time, have a family and have never done a project like this before.  A Project Manager does this role for a living – they know how to keep your renovation or build on track, keep your tradies working within the expected time frame and can save you money through their own connections.  And if things aren’t  going according to plan, they’ll be able to let you know if any additional costs you’re faced with are reasonable.  Next up…

Interior Designer:

Here it’s all in the name – this is the person you’d approach for the interior aspects of your home.  They have a wealth of creative vision and insight on current and timeless trends that can take your home from family functional to freakin awesome.  If you’re employing the skills of an architect for your exterior footprint, an Interior Designer ensures that your internal flow and feel of your renovation matches perfectly.  They also have experience and knowledge of building consents and regulations related to internal works.  Next you might want to consider an…

 Interior Decorator:

Slightly different from a Designer in that they’re more focused on the aesthetics of your interiors i.e. colour, materials or fabrics and furniture.  This is a good person to consult if your budget is a little more on the tight side and you’re not looking to undertake a massive overhaul; but just want to give what you already have a new lease of life.  Then if you’re wanting to tackle your backyard, think about hiring a…

Landscape Designer:

This person has a unique understanding of what is essentially a tricky medium to work with.  They’re dealing with living plants that’ll change and evolve over time instead of static walls.  They also have to take into account environmental factors like drainage and seasonal changes.  They’ll plan out your project and manage its construction to completion.

Whatever you’re thinking of renovating or building this year, come and visit the Canterbury Home Show, 12 – 14 October 2018 at Horncastle Arena, to get FREE expert advice and solutions from more than 140 leading industry experts and suppliers.  See www.canterburyhomeshow.co.nz to secure your tickets now!