how it works
To start with, we’ll schedule a complimentary phone chat so I can hear more about your project and I can better explain my process, fees and answer any questions you might have. This introductory call will give us a good sense if we’re the right fit for one another.
Next, we’ll schedule an initial meeting onsite, at my studio, or through video conferencing. For remodels and additions we’ll meet on site so I can see the space and take as-built measurements. We’ll go over your wish list, concepts and inspiration photos so we can establish the scope and program for the project.
For new builds we’ll meet in my studio, or through video conferencing. You’ll brief me on the project and we’ll review any plans you have for the project, your wishlist and inspiration photos.
Now the fun starts! For remodels and additions I’ll prepare CAD files for the as-built plans based on the site measurements and / or the original plans. From there, I’ll set to work designing floor plan options based on the established scope and parameters of the. project.
Did you notice that I said, floor plan options, as opposed to a single floor plan? That’s because there is always more than one way to solve a spatial problem. Exploring the space though designing multiple floor plans allows for me to uncover solutions that otherwise would have gone unfound, while giving my clients so much more to choose from.
For new build projects, if there’s already a plan in place, I’ll start by first redlining any trouble areas, and then from there I’ll provide viable, specific solutions. When working on established plans, my goal is to respect all the work that has gone into the design to that point while still offering ways to improve the plan. With finessing and skill, I’m able to correct awkward spatial challenges and elevate and perfect the plan typically while making only minor changes.
When I’ve completed the preliminary plans, we’ll get together so I can present my ideas. Besides the floor plan options, I’ll have other drawings like perspective plans for conceptualization. The conceptual drawings add tremendous value to the design process and allow for clients to better understand and visualize the proposed designs. I also provide preliminary design concepts boards at this stage of the process that show possible colors and finish materials. That way, early on in the process we start to establish the interior aesthetics of the space.
Once a floor plan is selected, we’ll work together to fine-tune it. When it’s finalized, I’ll design the elevations that will include cabinetry design, fireplaces, stairways, millwork, and other architectural details. It’s in this phase that the project really begins to take shape. Though floor plans are the critical foundation for any design project, they are limited to only showing information in the horizontal views. It’s in the elevations, or vertical view where the project comes alive. The elevations will also include lighting, plumbing, cabinet style, interior doors, hardware selections, etc.
From there we jump into the selection of colors and finish materials like paint, tiles, flooring, etc. getting very specific. Once everything is finalized, the next step is to add them to the drawings for visualization and communication. When final selections are made, I’ll provide a schedule to hand off to the contractor on the project.
During the construction process, I’ll be there every step of the way. When questions, or problems arise (and they will, it’s just a part of the experience), I’ll be there to ease your mind and to provide solutions.
Once construction is moving along, together, we’ll begin to select furnishings. After months, and often times years of planning and designing, this is where your house begins to feel like a home. I’ll walk you through the final steps to make sure every piece of furniture and art is perfectly placed before move-in day.