Collaborate, as defined by Merriam-Websters Dictionary, means “to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.” The idea is to have a group of professionals working together with the shared goal of a successful design solution. Everyone brings to the table various opinions which may differ, but each also bring specific specialized knowledge as it relates to the project.

Collaboration is extremely important in designing a renovation project. A homeowner benefits greatly from these relationships. With the popularity of do-it-yourself TV shows and blogs, we have all gotten much more daring with the work we take on ourselves when it comes to home improvement. Don’t underestimate the value of a team working with and for you on your home renovation or new construction.

Co-workers listening to each other at a team meetingThere are various individuals you should consider bringing onto your “team.” When it comes time to redesign your home, here are the three people you’ll want to include.

The architect. With technical skill and training, the architect can provide specialized help regarding the physical structure of your project as well as devise creative use of space and flow within your home.

In addition, the architect can effectively communicate the ideas onto paper, which acts as instruction for your contractor. Architects can assist you throughout the construction process making sure the plans you have agreed upon are being translated properly into your finished structure.

The interior designer. The interior designer also plays a vital role. A designer is not just there to make the space look pretty. Often, the designer works closely with the architect in developing tile layouts, lighting plans and space planning. This process works best when the designer and architect communicate openly and freely.