Working with clients designing a building from the earliest stages of concept development through to the final details of an interior is a very satisfying professional experience for me. I emphasize the "earliest stages" because helping to design the floor plan and taking into consideration the siting of the building and availability of daylight and views needs to happen very early in the process. Creating a final built environment that honors the buildings location and the needs of the people is best achieved with planning that is integrated and thoughtful right from the start. Energy efficiency and all the unique needs of the client can be addressed with new construction.
Remodeling is a type of reuse which is fundamental to a more sustainable way of life. Helping to bring an outdated, poorly planned space to new life can be an amazing endeavor. The transformation can be remarkable. This process includes a rethinking of how the space is used, we call that space planning. The finishes and furnishings can be either revitalized or replaced. As always, the aesthetic and functional needs of the client are the guiding forces.
Helping to select and place furnishings and accessories is another phase of a design project. It can also stand alone as a project in and of itself. This involves the selection and space planning of furniture pieces: which means where everything will be placed and how will it all work together within the space. People often think of this as decorating and take it to mean how things look. And while that is one factor, it isn't just about how things look, it's always about all the integrated factors of a successful design: function, quality, budget, and aesthetics.
I welcome projects of all sizes. The new construction projects are the largest. But, I also do smaller projects such as one time consultations regarding space use or paint color options. One time, a contractor called me to help his clients select a countertop and backsplash for their kitchen remodel. They were simply overwhelmed with the choices. I met with them once, brought two options for their consideration and then they chose one and were happy as could be.