How is an Interior Designer different than an Interior Decorator?

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Free report on the difference between an "Interior Designer" and an "Interior Decorator" and the benefits of using an Interior Designer. A licensed and trained Interior Designer can help you maximize the functionality and appearance of your existing or new space at a fraction of the cost of an architect. An Interior Designer is trained to focus on how a person experiences the interior of an office, restaurant, home or other building.

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How is an Interior Designer different than an Interior Decorator?

  1. 1. Interior Design vs. Decorating <ul><li>Formal education and licensing required </li></ul><ul><li>Art and science creating a functional space adhering to life safety & building codes </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate items on durability, acoustic properties, toxicity, allergens, cleanability, flame retardancey, off-gassing </li></ul><ul><li>No formal training or license required </li></ul><ul><li>Furnishing and adorning a space </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate items on color, style, texture </li></ul>
  2. 2. National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) <ul><li>Establish standards of competence in practice of interior design to protect public health, safety and welfare </li></ul><ul><li>NCIDQ Certificate Holder: Minimum 6 years specialized education and experience and passed rigorous exam </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Education Required </li></ul>
  3. 3. Qualified Interior Designer <ul><li>Asset to building construction team </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for critical features that protect public health, safety and welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Specifies products that are ergonomic and sustainable to protect human health </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise ensures space layout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complies with ADA, fire safety and building codes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meets functional requirements of client </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is aesthetically pleasing to client </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why hire an NCIDQ Certificate Holder? <ul><li>NCIDQ Certificate is assurance of high qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Same level of competence as other building team professionals (architect, engineer) </li></ul><ul><li>Save time and money </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce liability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Licensed Interior Designers create spaces that meet: <ul><li>Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) </li></ul><ul><li>Fire / Life Safety Code </li></ul><ul><li>Building Codes </li></ul><ul><li>Functional needs of intended use </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Aesthetically pleasing </li></ul>
  6. 6. Start of Renovation Project
  7. 7. Building Shell / Design Starting Point © National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc.
  8. 8. Programming: 15,000 square feet <ul><li>11 Private Office </li></ul><ul><li>46 Workstations </li></ul><ul><li>Receptionist </li></ul><ul><li>Waiting Room </li></ul><ul><li>Public Restroom </li></ul><ul><li>Coat Room </li></ul><ul><li>Copy Area </li></ul><ul><li>Elevator Lobby </li></ul><ul><li>Large Conference </li></ul><ul><li>2 Med Conference </li></ul><ul><li>4 Small Conference </li></ul><ul><li>6 Lounge / Meeting Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Public Drink Area </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Snack Bar </li></ul>
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  34. 34. Renovation Space Plan Work performed with previous firm
  35. 35. Completed Renovation Work performed with previous firm
  36. 36. Start of New Construction
  37. 37. New Construction Space Plan Work performed with previous firm
  38. 38. Completed New Construction Work performed with previous firm
  39. 39. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) <ul><li>Committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. </li></ul>'USGBC' and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.
  40. 40. LEED Professional Credentials <ul><li>LEED AP and Green Associate recognizes professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques, the LEED green building rating systems, and the certification process. </li></ul>‘ LEED AP' and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission. TM
  41. 41. LEED® Green Building Certification <ul><li>National rating system for buildings designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizes sustainable site development, water savings, material & resource selection, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. </li></ul>‘ LEED' and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.
  42. 42. Best Referrals <ul><li>Business Owners leasing office space </li></ul><ul><li>Business Owners purchasing buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities Managers </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Real Estate Agents </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Mortgage Lenders </li></ul><ul><li>Architects </li></ul><ul><li>Contractors </li></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><li>Principal Suzanne (Dummer) Stafford </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 18 years commercial experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCIDQ Certificate Holder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Licensed Interior Designer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IIDA Professional Member </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LEED AP Certified </li></ul></ul>TM

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