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    Frequently asked questions about Inspired Design's specialized services for heritage properties

    What is the difference between interior architecture and interior design, and which option should you choose for renovating a heritage residence?

    There are three main differences between an interior architect and an interior designer.

    Firstly, an interior architect has completed specialized education, such as a degree in Interior Architecture from a school like the Ion Mincu Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Romania.

    Secondly, an interior architect is involved in a project not only in terms of interior design but also in creating technical plans that include structural modifications, demolitions, and obtaining necessary permits.

    Therefore, an interior architect is a much better choice when it comes to renovating a heritage residence.

    Thirdly, an interior architect is a member of the interior architects' community within the Romanian Order of Architects (OAR). This means that they are familiar with and adhere to the current legal regulations regarding their profession, take professional responsibility for their clients and authorities, and serve the client's interests in line with public interest and professional standards.


    How can an interior designer/architect assist you in renovating a heritage residence?

    2. Choosing an interior designer/architect for the renovation of a heritage residence can offer numerous benefits:

    • Helps you discover the right style for the residence; transforms the space to align with your needs and desires. • Guides you in selecting the best finishes, furniture pieces, and lighting systems on the market that are suitable for a heritage residence; organizes the project steps to reduce the stress associated with interior design. • Saves you time because, with their experience, an interior designer/architect handles communication with all parties involved in a project; they know exactly which reputable suppliers and contractors to engage, eliminating the need for endless searches to find suitable collaborators. • Eliminates most errors that can occur during the renovation of a heritage residence, as they create a comprehensive project that all involved parties work from, with the ability to make modifications or offer solutions when necessary.

    Depending on the project's scale, an interior architect or interior designer may have several roles:

    • They create an interior design concept based on the client's wishes and needs. Following discussions with the client, the architect/interior designer outlines a brief, asking various questions to understand the client's preferences and requirements and to concretize a style for the design. • The architect/interior designer creates 3D simulations (renderings) that indicate how the interior will look. During this phase, they make material selections, choose finishes, select furniture pieces, colors, textures, and lighting. • The architect/interior designer creates technical plans, including the positions of outlets and switches, the lighting system layout, plumbing plans with hot/cold water and drainage positions, heating system plans, and positions of ventilation systems. Depending on the project, various permits may be required. • The architect/interior designer creates 2D plans for custom-made furniture and special pieces in the project. • The architect/interior designer implements the project they have created by overseeing the construction process, organizing work stages, guiding contractors and suppliers in accordance with the project, obtaining price quotes from suppliers, placing orders, or making purchases on behalf of the client.

    In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons to consider hiring an interior architect/designer for the renovation of a heritage residence. Due to their experience, they can save you time and money in the long term, help you avoid costly mistakes, and transform your home into a pleasant, comfortable, and functional space.


    How to work with an interior architect/designer for heritage residences and what are the project stages
    1. How to work with an interior architect/designer for heritage residences and what are the project stages?

    The stages of working with an interior designer/architect are as follows:

    • It is important for someone seeking an interior designer/architect to review the designer's portfolio and inquire about the services they provide in a project.
    • To request a quote, it is necessary to provide the designer with as much information as possible: space plans, location, what you wish to achieve in the project, the timeline, and the budget.
    • After accepting the offer for the designer's services, they will come to take measurements at the location and schedule a meeting with you to create the project brief (questionnaire).
    • The interior designer/architect will present the project concept, 3D renderings, technical plans, and make modifications if necessary.
    • After completing the interior design project, the interior designer/architect will begin project implementation with site supervision, placing orders, and guiding all collaborators involved in the project.


    How much does an interior design project for heritage residences cost?

    Creating an interior design that includes only 3D renderings can cost less than a complete renovation from scratch.

    The costs of an interior design project for a heritage residence are typically divided into the following stages:

    1. Interior Design
    2. Technical Plans
    3. Implementation

    To create an interior design quote, various pieces of information are required, such as space plans, location, your project objectives, timeline, and budget.

    Costs can start at 500 euros and can range from several thousand to tens of thousands of euros.


    What are the main activities carried out by an interior architect for the renovation of a heritage residence?

    Among the main activities carried out by an interior architect regarding the renovation of a heritage residence are creating design concepts, developing sketches and architectural plans, selecting materials and furniture, and coordinating with other construction teams to ensure that the project progresses according to the established plan.

    Additionally, an interior architect must possess a solid understanding of the technical aspects of construction, such as the structure of the residence, lighting, ventilation, heating, and cooling systems. It's important for an interior architect specializing in heritage residences to be creative, innovative, and able to adapt to the needs and preferences of their clients while staying within budget constraints and available space.

    For owners of heritage homes, there is the option to choose interior design that complements the building's architecture and history. Turnkey interior designs are a popular choice for homeowners as they alleviate the stress and time required to select and purchase suitable furniture and accessories.

    Interior redesigns and renovations of a heritage home can add value to the property and restore it to its former glory. Art deco interior design and modern interior design are two popular options for homeowners seeking a more contemporary and bold look.

    Regardless of your personal preferences, choosing quality interior design and well-executed interior renovations can make the difference between a good home and a truly exceptional residence.

    When designing a heritage residence, it's important to consider various geometric shapes and styles, such as the art deco style, to create a unique and pleasing space.

    Renovating a heritage residence can be a challenge, but with the assistance of an interior design studio, the project can be more manageable and well-planned. The plumbing and installation aspects are crucial and should be considered from the outset of the design process.


    How much do the services of an interior designer for the renovation of a heritage residence cost?

    The cost of hiring an interior designer/architect can vary based on several factors. The main aspects that influence the cost include the level of experience of the interior designer/architect, the size and scope of the project, and its location.

    It's important to note that while the cost of hiring an interior designer/architect may initially seem expensive, the expertise and experience of such a professional can often save you time and money in the long run. A skilled interior designer/architect can help you avoid costly mistakes and transform the interior of your home into a pleasant, comfortable, and functional space.

    Who needs an ISU permit?

    Approval and authorization from ISU are required for spaces with the following purposes:

    1. Commerce, with an area equal to or greater than 600 square meters or 200 square meters if the space is located in residential buildings.
    2. Public catering, with an area equal to or greater than 200 square meters.
    3. Offices, financial, banking, insurance, and stock exchanges, with an area equal to or greater than 600 square meters.
    4. Health care with continuous hospitalization – regardless of area; dispensaries and polyclinics with an area equal to or greater than 600 square meters.
    5. Education, supervision, care, or accommodation/shelter for preschool children, students, elderly individuals, persons with disabilities, or homeless individuals, with an area exceeding 150 square meters.
    6. Train stations, bus stations, subway stations, with an area equal to or greater than 600 square meters.
    7. Cultural spaces, for spaces exceeding 600 square meters.
    8. Parking lots with more than 10 spaces.
    9. Recreation centers with pools, relaxation and body maintenance services, recreational and sports activities, with an area equal to or greater than 600 square meters or 200 square meters if the space is located in residential buildings.
    10. Tourist reception units, with more than 8 rooms and/or 16 places, such as guesthouses, motels, hostels, hotels, tourist cabins, etc.
    11. Production or storage, with an area equal to or greater than 600 square meters or 200 square meters if the space is located in residential buildings.
    12. Sports facilities, with a minimum of 200 seats indoors and a minimum of 1000 seats outdoors.
    13. Temporary outdoor events with a minimum of 200 seats for performances or meetings, or with an area of at least 2500 square meters for commercial activities.

    Therefore, if the space and its purpose fall into any of the categories mentioned above, you need ISU approval/authorization, for which more comprehensive documentation is required. If the space and its purpose do not fall into any of the categories mentioned above, you typically do not need such ISU authorization.

    However, to be certain about this matter, we recommend requesting an official written statement from ISU, which confirms this and, in the context of authorizations, is called a "negation." This document serves as a basis for compliance with ISU regulations and can be relied upon during ISU inspections. Additionally, a negation is necessary if you are applying for an operating permit from the Municipality, as municipalities issue permits based on official responses from other public institutions, including ISU.

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