What it looks like to have options

This is a bathroom that I’m working on for a client.  In this case, they are open to moving around some plumbing and basically just reconfiguring the entire space.  This makes us wide open to a plethora of opportunities and options.  Here is what we’re currently looking at.

The current space is straight on with a large closet as soon as you walk in.  The closet is going away, so now we experiment!

Here is the first layout I shared with the client.  It’s a bare bones look intended to get the wheels turning, which is exactly what it did.

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After seeing that version, the client expressed interest in a “wet room” where the shower and the tub share a space, and using the current shower space for storage.  The next few images are multiple options for that scenario.  Colors and textures are not important during this phase of planning.

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It may be that no one of these is the perfect answer, but instead a combination of these layouts.

My favorite part of design is starting a space from scratch.  After measuring and drawing the room as a hollow box, all sorts of possibilities open up, even with utility restrictions.

Fill out my online form to see what your possibilities are!

What is a drawing? + Reckless reno update

Every Tuesday I stand up at my networking meeting and tell everyone that I do drawings for people who have trouble envisioning their future space, or maybe want to “try” some ideas before making a decision.  But what does that mean, really?  A “drawing”?  What is it?  The best way to tell you is to show you.

Below is the before photo of a client’s bathroom.  In this case, the client toyed around with expanding the shower while also keeping a bath tub, but a smaller one.  So, in the case of this client, the “drawing” was all about being able to visualize the options.


Sometimes you have an idea that will technically work, but once you’ve seen it, it no longer appeals to you.  In this case, removing the half walls on either side of the tub would gain a few inches for the shower, but not enough to be worth it.  Also not worth leaving the toilet so awkwardly exposed.

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So we tried it a different way, with no tub at all.

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This ended up being exactly what we were looking for which means my next job is to turn it into an actual plan with dimensions and notes for the contractor.  This helps to eliminate misinformation and miscommunication.

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In the case of this client, I loved how close the final product came to the drawing.  I still swoon over the floor.


Next, is a kitchen client who wanted to see some options, but also wanted to be able to see, in 3D, some of the big changes they were wanting to make.  Things like taking out an entire wall and moving a doorway.  Construction on this project hasn’t started yet, so there are no after photos.

Here is the current space being viewed from in the dining room. Note: A big ole wall is in the way.


Now here is the 3D perspective view of the future kitchen.

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Here you can see the current sink and stove which stay right where they are in the new plan.  However, you’re going to see a major difference when the refrigerator moves the back wall, and the large built in pantry goes away.  In addition, the kitchen expands into the current “breakfast nook” with a bank of cabinets under the wall of windows.  Note: I’m not good at taking before photos.  They’re always crooked!



Now the future space…

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I currently charge between $350 and $500 for renderings and floor plans, which includes 4 revisions.  Not every project requires a drawing or a plan, but I would say that a large portion of them do.  If you want to have some certainty in your decisions, seeing it in 3D can give you that.

Now on to my reckless renovation update!


We did some stuff, ya’ll!  BAE (My business administrative executive) scraped the ceiling in this entire portion of the house and put sheetrock back where it was missing.  I then painted the walls this not quite black color.  Eventually the pretty much black will be mostly covered by whitewashed cedar planks so only a bit of that awesome darkness will creep through.  I am soooo not looking forward to taking up that 1984 tile.  Whoever put it down did an excellent job.  30 years later, that stuff does not want to come up.

If you’re embarking on a project and would like Love Of Function (that’s me) to help, feel free to fill out my form telling me all about it!


February, a little late…

I definitely missed the deadline on this post and I don’t have very many excuses because this was a slow month.  I didn’t gain a single new client for the month of February.  I need to talk to my marketing manager (me, lol) and see what we can do about this.

Even though I didn’t gain any new clients, I did still have work to do for current clients.  I gained so many clients in January that a decent share of work bled over into the next month.  I was also fairly busy in my non work life.

First, we hosted two Uruguayan teachers for two weeks.  Brad (my Business Analysis Executive (BAE)) and I love having people from other cultures in our house.  He grew up hosting exchange students from all around the world, and we hosted our own for the first time last school year.  Klara, who came to us from Sweden, is still part of the family and we love her dearly.  This opportunity to host a teacher came to us somewhat last minute.  Our neighbor organizes and places the Uruguayan teachers with other Austin ISD teachers.  Since there weren’t enough AISD teachers to host, we and another family in our neighborhood open up our homes.  We actually ended up with two teachers, and I don’t think we could have asked for a better pair of women.  They taught us how to drink mate, and we introduced them to breakfast tacos.  They also helped me work on my terrible Spanish.  Two weeks wasn’t long enough.  We miss you Sophia and Natalia!

The next thing we did was get a new dog!  When I was 19, I found my first greyhound at the pound in Sherman, TX.  He was with me for 10 years, my companion through all of life’s ebbs and changes.  For the last 5 years I’ve been fine with just our little dog in the house, then toward the end 2017 I got the itch to be a two dog house again.  We started by fostering with Greyhound Pets of America.  Our first guy was a 9 year old named Anoop who had spent a huge chunk of his life as a donor at a now defunct pet blood bank.  He was eventually adopted and we waited for our next pup to come along.  I picked Eloise up two weeks ago and we fell in love immediately.  She came from a greyhound farm, where they breed and raise dogs for racing.  Basically, she didn’t make the team, and that’s great for me.  She follows me all over the house, hangs out with me in my office, and goes with me to home depot to get bids.  She’s my new coworker.

Lastly, my reckless renovation.  We haven’t done much!  Ha!  Did you see that coming?  You definitely did.  We put the ceiling back together, that’s pretty much it.  Here is a pic…


For the month of March, my goals are centered around branding and marketing.  No one will contact me, if they don’t know I exist.