The two big benefits of professional design and space planning

Some of you out there are thinking of remodeling.  You’ve been thinking about it for months, maybe even years.  Maybe you’ve waffled back and forth about certain ideas.  Maybe Pinterest has put you into idea overload and you don’t know how chose!  Maybe you’re just coming up blank altogether.  Or perhaps you’re just unsure of some weird angles and measurements in your space.  If any of this describes you, you could benefit from a professional design and planning session.  Know that it doesn’t cost a fortune and it can save you in the long run.


Sometimes a great idea can fall apart completely when you see how it will actually work in your space.  So many times I’ve had people see a display, or a photo online and say “I want this exact kitchen in my house!”, and that’s great.  We can definitely start with that.  However, your space is unique and your kitchen will reflect that.  An invaluable tool is 3d software.  Every client of mine receives a pdf of their kitchen with various perspective views and measurements.  Not only that, but we walk and measure the kitchen over and over again, making tic marks on the wall, drawing outlines on the floor, and really getting a feel for what it will be like to move around in the new space.  Through this process old ideas are discarded and new ones formed.  Sometimes, and client and I will both be struggling to find a solution to a particular challenge, then, while walking the space and doodling on the walls and floor, we’ll both look up and have the exact same lightbulb moment.  I love it when that happens.

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When you have a plan, everyone is on the same page.  Less confusion among contractors means fewer mistakes, fewer setbacks, and less money spent over all.  I had a customer recently who’s flooring guy showed up before the cabinets were installed.  The problem with that was she only had enough flooring to go around the cabinets, not under them.  I quickly rode over to her house, used my plans to draw a chalk outline of where the toe kick for the cabinets would be, and everything turned out great.  Crisis averted.  Having a plan can also keep you in control of materials and their cost.  There should be very few surprises, if none at all, when you begin purchasing.


For more information about professional design consultations, check out my services and pricing page.

– Alecia


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