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Do you need an interior designer to work alongside your contractor?

After months of dreaming about the build of your new home, renovation, or extension you are finally ready to get started.  So, you may be questioning “Do I need an interior designer if I have a contractor or architect?” And the answer is yes, an interior designer is not only a necessity but an asset to your project. 

restoring duxford church - after - bathroom with circle mirror

With large-scale renovations and design-build projects, you’ll likely need an architect, a general contractor, and an interior designer. 

You may be thinking…Of course your going to say I need an interior designer! But let me explain why…

restoring duxford church - after - open glass hallway


Working with an interior designer will ensure your designs are cohesive and optimised for function. We work with you to help you understand the functional needs of your spaces and conceptualise your visions during the design process.

We consider things like door openings, built-in joinery, electrical locations, kitchen and bathroom layouts, hallways, and more. 

If you don’t have an architect and are renovating your existing home, bringing an interior designer in first before you consult with a contractor or architect will ensure your idea makes sense to achieve the function you desire. 


Its critical to ensure the proposed design aligns and is practical with structural considerations, your budget, functional requirements, and aesthetic preferences. During a build, time is money and theres nothing more frustrating than having your design plans ready to go and finding out there are issues preventing the construction from starting. We save time by working closely with your contractors ensuring that the proposed designs align across all parties. 


When we’re involved in the early phases, it allows critical collaboration with the contractor and architect at key phases, so your interior plan is customised to your requirements.

We know how to maximise budgets and recommend where to splurge and where to save. Recommending selections that are timeless and of great quality. 

We think about how to coordinate furniture placement with heating and lighting, how to communicate critical details of electrical and plumbing components, and how customised details, such as custom joinery , mouldings, and trim work should be built. 

We refine all details of how the home should function specifically for you. Having this input early on prevents multiple trips back to the drawing board.

Although exciting, design build projects are a huge undertaking with many moving parts. Having an interior designer involved in your project allows them to act as the main point of contact and save you from handling the coordinating headaches. 

During the design phase, we work to provide the build team with all the fine details about the items we are specifying. When issues are identified on site once construction is underway, we handle it by making alternate suggestions or troubleshooting with the builder to find an alternative solution. 

Ultimately, building a home is not something you’ll do often, and your investment in the early stages will pay off in the long run. It’s always our goal to protect the best interests of our clients as well as the investment of their time, money, and trust.

If you’d like to know more about our design build interior design services, we’d love to be your first choice to contact. Get in touch to get started.


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Duxford Church Cambridge

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"A lovely person, and the best in the business, it really is that simple!"
Ollie Drake, Drake Property & Developments
"Tash elevates properties to the next level. She has a wonderful style and eye for design"
Alex Babouris, Babouris Property Management
"Tash is so organised, it's been a very easy journey and a pleasure to work with her in my home."
Daisy Dowler, Private Client
"Tash is a lovely, warm, & thoughtful person to work with. She takes time to get under the skin of what her clients want, learning about who they are to help guide the design process."
Louise Border, Private Client
"Tash worked within my budget, so that I had the option of several products to work with that would all compliment each other. On top of this, Natasha has such a warm presence which made her so easy to work with and so comfortable to talk to"
Sophie Van leeuwen, Private Client
Tash completed a redesign across our home, working with some existing furniture we wanted to keep. The house feels so cosy & warm now, & I have some lovely pieces of furniture!
Natalie Saunders, Private Client
We can't thank Tash enough. Her eye for design, combined with her understanding of our needs and limitations was key. The first stage of our renovations have been received so well and we look forward to working with Tash again to complete phase two
John Rowell, The Anchor
I would highly recommend working with SHD, Tash has a fantastic eye for detail and creates stunning spaces with her unique designs to make your property stand out from the crowd. Tash's communication is brilliant, keeping you informed at every stage of the process!
Sam Carter, SJC Property Developments
We are a short term rental management company based in Cambridge, we needed fast property staging and room planning. Styled Home Design exceeded our expectations, the photography has resulted in a very profitable launch. Our guests love the design. Natasha was so easy to work with, she translated my ideas into amazing room designs. We will continue to work together
Nicky Brewin, Brewin Properties
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