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Contractor VS Interior Designer - Which Should You Choose?

The century-long debate on the question above: "Should I engage an interior designer or contractor for my upcoming home renovation?". This is a common question ask by first time homeowners. To systematically answer this question, we should first look at the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved.


Contractors generally only execute the renovation work requested by the homeowners. They do not provide value-added services such as sharing their expertise on what works and what does not. As such, the liability is greater on the homeowners should there be problems with unforeseen problems such as layouts or clashing themes.

Interior Designer

An interior designer is someone who coordinates with a client to create aesthetic rooms and spaces based on their needs. No matter the size, every interior designer works to create spaces that are attractive yet functional. Spaces must also be safe while meeting the specific needs of the client. This is done by providing design ideas through interactive 3D drawings, to showcase the client's ideas based on their personal requirements.

In short, an interior designer is a one-stop solution who is able to execute everything from ideation, design to renovation works.

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Unlike contractors, an interior designer does more than just carry out renovation works. From designing, planning, budgeting and even value-added services such as providing professional insights on what works and what does not. All of this is done to ensure that the design within the home interior ties in cohesively while maintaining the intended direction from the homeowners.

2. Budgeting

For many new homeowners, many of them tend to under estimate the renovation cost by 10%-20%. Unlike contractors, an interior designer might not agree to all your dream home feature. They will go the extra mile to advise you to reallocate your renovation cost accordingly to your preferred home needs and your allocated budget.

One of our senior designers, Hana, on-site to ensure renovation works go accordingly as planned

3. Project management

While a contractor is only responsible for the completion of his works. An interior designer is essentially a project manager responsible for the entire renovation project. From planning to the coordination of the workflow of various groups of contractors – hackers, electrician, carpenters, tilers and painters etc - all the way till the end product.


In conclusion, if budget is an issue or if this is a small project, we recommend looking for a contractor. If you are planning for a whole-house overhaul, working with an interior designer provides a greater service and design that follows through your renovation project at the very start to end. Contact us today for a obligation-free discussion with one of our friendly designers below!

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At Dreamakers Interior we believe that every space has the potential to become unique, harmonial and beautiful. We are proud of what we do and are prepared to work overtime to guarantee that you are satisfied with the way your space looks. From full-scale projects to small renovations, we invite you to take a look at our gallery and see what we have done. Below are some of our favorite projects. If you need professional help for design conceptualization or space planning, let us know

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