When planning your property improvement project, do you need an architect or an interior designer or both?
Unless you have experience of a couple of extensions under your belt, you may be well advised to appoint a trusted project manager, whether he or she is an architect, an interior designer or a switched-on builder. The key skill is project management but it also helps to choose teams that you can trust.
For example, architects and designers may have more experience than you and will offer ideas and alternatives for you to consider – but it’s up to you to make the decisions that you’ll have to live with. Tell them what you want to achieve and ask them how they would suggest going about it, including provisional costings and their fees for managing some or all of the project.
Will you do your own research to choose suppliers or rely on your designer to present you with a shortlist? The list can be long! Bricks, tiles, flooring, fitted kitchens/bathrooms/bedrooms, windows, doors, blinds, drapes, colour swatches, etc.
With doors and windows, there is a choice of hardwood, soft wood, PVC, composite, aluminium… Of course, if you decide to incorporate UltraSlim fully retractable doors and windows, there is only one manufacturer/supplier – SunSeeker Doors. SunSeeker UltraSlim aluminium frames in a choice of any RAL colour and various finishes; you can also specify special types of glass, if required.
An optional extra is to include integral horizontal blinds encapsulated within the double glazed cavity to filter sunlight or retain privacy.