Renovation 101

Do I Need to Hire an Architect or Designer Part 1

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When it comes to a home remodeling project, it’s best to leave most of the work to the professionals. While there are some things that can be DIY, most of the heavy lifting needs to be done by a licensed contractor and sometimes you will need to hire an architect and/or an interior designer. Here is a breakdown of the responsibilities of each trade and when you should consider hiring them. 

General Contractor

The general contractor will be responsible for all of the project’s construction. Depending on the size of the project, the contractor may have a small team with them and hire out subcontractors for specialty work like windows and flooring. They will also be working with you to manage all the project details like the timeline, budget, and purchasing of materials. All Beam contractors use our software to manage all of these things in one place so you and your contractor have one source of truth to be referenced throughout the project.


If your project is going to involve major structural changes or has other complicated details, you will likely need to hire an architect. They will design detailed architectural drawings that will address the specific technicalities needed to execute your vision. These drawings will guide your contractor and can help you prevent serious safety or other issues often associated with large or complex projects. Our Pro Package includes site plans, renderings, a code analysis, and more, but in some cases, we will help you find a licensed architect to design more detailed plans.

Interior Designer

Not everyone has an eye for design and that’s ok. You might know that your space needs to be changed, but you might not know exactly what the best options are. An interior designer can help you figure out details like the best flow for your space or how to best utilize natural light. While the architect is thinking about the structural details, the interior design takes it one step further to consider how space will be filled with both furniture and people. 

Our network expands to all industry professionals you’ll need to remodel your home. If you are thinking about remodeling your home and not sure who you need to hire, we’re here to help. Check out our project packages or schedule a call with us.