We live in a cottage built in 1910. There have been very few renovations done in it's 100+ years. Our kitchen is from the 60s and a laundry room was added in the early 70s. We love the character of the house and want to maintain the integrity of the original design, but need to make a few areas more functional and modern.
Some of these changes will be big (i.e., expanding a powder bath to give us 2 full baths and doing a functional upgrade to the galley kitchen) as well as smaller tasks like carving out a "mud room" space in the laundry room. I have a lot of ideas of how I want things to work, but I think we definitely need a professional to come in and help make a real plan and keep things focused and utilize our little space in the best way possible.
Which leads me to this decision-- do we hire a residential architect or more of a designer to help plan the updates? We want to do some of the work ourselves, so I don't need a contractor, just someone to effectively design the space so we have a vision to follow going forward. Which would you hire? and why?