Should your contractor have a design staff?

When you’re renovating your home, you need to combine the artistic eye of a designer, and the
construction expertise of a contractor. One option that can help you avoid the complications that come
with merging these two important aspects is to hire a contractor with an in-house design staff. There are a
few very good reasons why a design-build contractor might work for you.

What is a design staff?

When a contracting firm claims that they have an in-house design staff, that means that there is someone
working for their company who is a trained interior designer. More knowledgeable about the construction
process than an interior decorator, an interior designer can suggest structural changes, such as removing
or adding walls or windows, moving plumbing, or changing lighting. Working under one roof with the
construction professionals clearly will make things easier in the planning phase.


When working with a contractor with a design staff, you have a team of professionals with
you. You’ll only have to articulate your vision and aesthetic goals to one point of contact,
who can then break it down to the build team and the design team. When you work with a
designer or architect unaffiliated with your contractor, you’ll have to continually
communicate any changes twice.

Synergy and coordination

Similarly, when you work with a contractor with a design staff, you can count on the fact
that the professionals you’re hiring are able to work with one another to make your dream
happen. No need to mediate or translate between the build team and design team; you
can rest assured that the necessary communication is a daily part of the business model.

Work with a designer trusted in their industry.

Vetting a designer can be stressful and lengthy. You’re not just trusting this person with
your money, you’re also trusting them with your home. By working with a
contractor-designer team, you get the advantage of knowing that the designer has some
credibility within the industry.

Work to fit your budget.

A designer unaffiliated with your general contractor does not have to be a part of the
pricing process, whereas one working with a contractor will create a project around your
budget. Pricing is a big part of the contractor’s job, so it’s likely that the designer they
work with is equipped to factor in realistic costs when actualizing your design.


If you’re planning a big project and want to prioritize convenience, coordination, quality, and budget, a
contractor with a design staff would be a good fit for you. Center Island Contracting is proud to have a
team of professionals ready to help with the design of any project. Their own, private 3000 square foot
design studio is available to all their clients.

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