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    Frequently asked questions about Inspired Design services

    What is the difference between interior architecture and interior design?

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

    Firstly, an interior architect has graduated from a specialized university program, such as the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu in Romania, with a specialization in Interior Architecture.

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

    Thirdly, an interior architect is a member of the interior architects' community within the Romanian Order of Architects (OAR), which means that they are knowledgeable about and adhere to current legal regulations related to the practice, take professional responsibility towards clients and authorities, and serve the client's interests in accordance with public interest and professional standards.

    How does an interior designer/architect assist you in interior design for your house or villa, and what are their roles?

    An interior designer/architect can bring many benefits to your house or villa:

    • They help you discover the right style for your villa or house's interior, transforming the space to match your needs and desires. • They guide you in selecting the best finishes, furniture pieces, and lighting systems available in the market, organizing your project steps to eliminate the stress of interior design. • They save you time because, with experience, an interior designer/architect manages communication with all parties involved in a project; they know exactly which tested suppliers and contractors are available in the market, eliminating the need for endless searches to find suitable collaborators. • They eliminate most mistakes made in interior arrangements for homes and villas because they create a complete project that all those involved in the design will work from. They can make modifications or provide solutions when the situation requires it.

    Depending on the scale of the project, an interior architect or interior designer can have multiple roles:

    • They create an interior design concept based on the client's wishes and needs. Following discussions with the client, the interior architect/designer outlines a brief, asking various questions to determine the client's preferences and requirements, and to solidify a style for the design. • The interior architect/designer creates 3D simulations (renderings) that indicate how the interior will look. During this time, they make selections of materials, finishes, furniture pieces, colors, textures, and lighting. • The interior architect/designer creates technical plans, specifically plans with positions of electrical outlets and switches, the lighting system; plumbing plans with positions of hot/cold water and drainage points, heating systems; plans with positions of ventilation systems. Depending on the project, various permits may be required. • The interior architect/designer creates 2D plans for custom-made furniture and special pieces in the project. • The interior architect/designer implements the project they have created by overseeing the construction process, organizing work stages, guiding the builders and suppliers according to 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 say that hiring an interior architect/designer can greatly assist you in arranging your home. They can save you time and money in the long run, help you avoid costly mistakes, and transform your living space into a pleasant, comfortable, and functional environment.

    How to work with an interior architect/house or villa designer, and what are the project stages?

    The stages in working with an interior designer/architect for the arrangement of a house or villa are as follows:

    • It is important for the person looking for 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 that project, the timeframe, 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 (a folder with questions).

    • The interior designer/architect will present the project concept, 3D renderings, technical plans, and make revisions if necessary.

    • After completing the interior design project, the interior designer/architect will begin the project implementation with on-site supervision, placing orders, and guiding all collaborators involved in the project.



    How much does an interior design project for a house cost?

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

    The costs of an interior design project for a house are generally divided into the following stages:

    1. Interior design
    2. Technical plans
    3. Implementation To create a interior design proposal, a series of information is required, such as: space plans, location, what you wish to achieve in that project, the timeframe, and the budget.

    Costs can start from 500 euros and can go up to several thousands or even tens of thousands of euros.

     

    What are the main activities carried out by an interior architect for the interior design of a house?

    A specialized interior architect for home design is responsible for designing and planning interior spaces. Among the main activities carried out by an interior architect are creating design concepts, producing sketches and architectural plans, selecting materials and furniture, as well as coordinating with other construction teams to ensure that the project is carried out according to the established plan.

    Additionally, an interior architect must have a good understanding of the technical aspects of construction, such as the structure of the house, lighting, ventilation, heating, and cooling systems. It is important for a home interior architect to be creative, innovative, and able to adapt to the needs and preferences of their clients while staying within budget and available space constraints.

    Interior design is a way to create aesthetically pleasing and functional spaces. When it comes to home design, there are many interior design options, ranging from living room interior design and bedroom interior design to luxury interior design, premium interior design, and high-quality interior design.

    For owners of old homes, interior renovations and home restorations can add value to the property and restore its historic charm. Art deco interior design and modern interior design are two popular choices for homeowners seeking a more contemporary and bold look.

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

    An interior design studio can help create an architectural plan for your home and design a bespoke interior tailored to your needs and preferences.

    When designing your home, it is important to consider different geometric shapes and styles, such as art deco style, to create a unique and pleasant space. Designing a home involves many aspects, including planning each room, including the master bedroom, and selecting the right materials, such as solid wood, to add quality and durability to the project.

    Renovating an old home can be a challenge, but with the help of an interior design studio, the project can be easier and better planned. The installation project is an important part of the home design process and should be considered from the beginning.

    Designing the bedroom – as a handy example, it must be done in accordance with the client's preferences and needs so that it becomes a place of relaxation and rest. Ultimately, the specialist, in addition to their technical expertise in interior architecture, must consider the client's needs and create a space that perfectly fits their style and taste.

     

    What permits are required for an interior design project for a house?

    Depending on the scope of the project, the architect/interior designer may collaborate with various specialists and may provide specific technical plans, such as the ISU/PSI permit and the MLPTL verification.

    The design of plumbing installations is an important part of a house project and requires a specialized technical plan to be created. This will include plans for plumbing installations, including water and sewage networks, ventilation, and heating, as well as the design of electrical installations, which will be integrated into the overall construction plan.

    To start construction work, it is necessary to obtain an ISU permit and a PSI permit, certifying that the project complies with fire safety and protection regulations.

    Additionally, MLPAT or MDRAP verification is required to ensure that the project complies with local and national regulations. In the end, a well-designed plumbing installation project will be essential for the proper functioning and safety of the construction.

    Inspired Design can assist you in the process of obtaining the necessary permits for building a house and its interior design.

     

    How much interior design services cost?

    The cost of hiring an architect/interior designer for interior design can vary depending on several factors. The main factors 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 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 will transform the interior of your home into a pleasant, comfortable, and functional space.

     

    Who needs an ISU authorization?

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

    1. Commerce, with an area equal to or greater than 600 sqm or 200 sqm if the space is located in collective residential buildings.
    2. Public catering, with an area equal to or greater than 200 sqm.
    3. Offices, financial-banking, insurance, and stock exchanges, with an area equal to or greater than 600 sqm.
    4. Healthcare facilities with continuous hospitalization – regardless of the area; dispensaries and clinics with an area equal to or greater than 600 sqm.
    5. Education, supervision, care, or accommodation/shelter for preschool children, students, the elderly, persons with disabilities, or homeless individuals, with an area of more than 150 sqm.
    6. Train stations, bus terminals, subway stations, with an area equal to or greater than 600 sqm.
    7. Cultural facilities for spaces exceeding 600 sqm.
    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 sqm or 200 sqm if the space is located in collective residential buildings.
    10. Tourist accommodation units with more than 8 rooms and/or 16 places, such as guesthouses, motels, hostels, hotels, tourist cabins, etc.
    11. Production or storage facilities with an area equal to or greater than 600 sqm or 200 sqm if the space is located in collective residential buildings.
    12. Sports facilities with a minimum of 200 indoor seats and a minimum of 1000 outdoor seats.
    13. Temporary outdoor venues with a minimum of 200 seats for performances or meetings or with a minimum area of 2500 sqm for commercial activities.

    So, if the space and its purpose fall into any of the above categories, you need ISU approval/authorization, for which more complex documentation needs to be submitted. If the space and its purpose do not fit into any of the categories above, you generally do not need such ISU authorization.

    However, to be sure about this, our recommendation is to request an official written response from the ISU confirming this, which, in the context of authorizations, is called a "negation." It is a document you can rely on in case of an ISU inspection. Additionally, a negation is necessary if you apply for an operating permit from the City Hall, as city halls issue permits based on official responses from other public institutions, including the ISU.

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