Interior and exterior designers are responsible for creating layout and design templates for both the inside and outside of buildings. Interior and exterior designers may be employed by companies or individuals to work on businesses or private/personal settings. For instance, the designer may spend one month working on layouts for a new commercial retail development. The following month, they may oversee a renovation project at a private home.
Tasks vary greatly from project to project. Interior and exterior designers work both indoors and outdoors on a regular basis. They interact with clients, suppliers, other decorators and manual labor staff to ensure the design vision is carried out correctly from start to finish. Designers may be responsible for selecting and purchasing furniture and decor. They may also make choices regarding outdoor landscaping.
To work as an interior and exterior designer, it is helpful (but not always required) to hold a bachelor's degree in a related field. The work of a designer is both physical and mental. It requires the ability to visualize a concept in advance and physically carry out development of the project in reality. The physical aspects of the job may include lifting and moving furniture, hanging decor and drapery, painting and landscaping. Experience with computer aided design software can be a plus.
Typical working hours vary greatly for interior and exterior designers, but many professionals keep standard business hours Monday through Friday, and work nights and weekends as needed by specific projects. Travel to and from out of town jobs may also be required.
Interior & Exterior Designer Tasks
Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers and plumbers.
Plan, design, and furnish interiors and exteriors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings.