I’m often asked, “What is your design style?” So, in an effort to head this question off, I’ll describe my design style and try to stay to 600 words or less.
It’s Your Style that Matters
The reality is that my design style really doesn’t matter. Your style is what’s important. My first objective in designing your project is to recognize that your style is more important than mine. I fully recognize that the space I’m working on is yours. My goal is to identify your style and use that as the basis for the design I come up with.
I’m always amused when I post photos of our latest project to design or construction discussion groups. Inevitably I’ll get comments like, “What a beautiful project! Not my style, but…” My standard response to this is “This project was designed specifically for this client. I would be more than happy to design your project for your style.”
The design of your project is a collaboration between you and me. You have wants and needs for your project. I then translate those wants and needs into construction plans and specifications. I will propose ideas and lend direction, but only after your style is put front and center.
I have seen way too many kitchens that are beautiful, but don’t work. I have seen too many beautiful basement finishes that never get used. Why? Typically, this happens when aesthetics dictate the result of the project. It may look great, but it just doesn’t perform the way you want it to.
I work from the position that it must function and function the way you’ll use it. “The way you’ll use it” is critical to the design. Not all people use their kitchens the same way. Not all people have the same needs or wants for the additional space the basement provides. Even a bathroom is not used the same for all people – well, except for maybe a few basic uses.
I need to learn how you want your space to perform when all is said and done. Once I know that, I know how to design for the performance you want.