When you undertake a residential development, be it your own home or an investment property, you will need the help of a professional to draw up your design. This begs the question of whether you should choose an architect or a residential home designer? Who is the better choice for the job? Read on to find out the difference between the two roles and the requirements needed to become an architect or residential designer in Australia.

What is an architect? 

An architect earns their title by undertaking formal accredited education in architecture. They also need to be legally registered with their local Architect Registration Board in order to officially operate as an architect. This prerequisite is very important as it is illegal to work as an architect without the registration, regardless of the qualifications or professional experience attained. 

What is a residential home designer?

In Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania, a residential designer, like an architect, does require registration to operate. This registration is under ‘Draftsperson, Class of Building Design (Architectural)’ with the Building Practitioners Board. 

In Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, NT and ACT, there are no necessary prerequisites to be a residential designer. They are also not required to be registered or licensed.

Who should you choose for your home development project?

Both architects and home designers can give you the results that you’re looking for.  In terms of more cost effective, small to medium projects, you’re better off going with a residential designer, whereas large commercial buildings designs would benefit from an experienced architectural designer. Architects are generally more qualified to create large buildings or homes that have a high degree of complexity. Whereas a home designer is experienced and capable in creating functional, unique small to medium sized residences.

The most crucial thing you need to look into is your chosen professional’s previous projects and design style to see whether your vision is aligned. As a development project can be quite lengthy, working with someone you get along with is also equally as important. Your ultimate decision of whether to go with an architect or residential designer should factor in everything – price, experience, qualifications and compatibility. 

Reach out to the expert residential designers at JKBD 

At JKBD, our team of experienced residential builders and designers can help you with property development, from sustainable homes and construction management to disability-friendly homes. Make the right investment by choosing professionals who understand your needs and want to bring your dream home to life. 

Get in touch with the team to discuss a potential project or book a free consultation. 

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