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Getting the Most Out of Your Initial Consultation

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During an initial consultation, we’ll tour the area of your home to be remodeled and discuss your requirements and objectives.

Our goal is to bring your vision for your home to life, so understanding your personal style and preferences is important. This is not a portfolio review but a working session. In addition to providing feedback on your own ideas, at this meeting we share options on general layout and may provide some preliminary information on possible material choices.

In addition, we will review the design process with you in more detail and answer any questions you might have. Project scope, budget and design goals all affect the process. We don’t believe in over-designing, so this initial meeting will help determine what level of design and planning is appropriate for your project. An initial consultation generally lasts an hour to an hour and a half.

To make the most of the meeting, it is worth taking some time to prepare. Use this checklist as a guideline:


Do you have any specific goals for your space? Improving access, increasing storage, updating the look and feel of the space.

Do you have a specific style in mind? French country, traditional, mid-century modern, contemporary, etc. If you aren’t sure how to answer this question, take some time to think about your personal style, which will provide some insight for your design.

Is there functionality you want to include? A kitchen island, wine storage, space for children’s activities, pets, etc.

What is your budget? This question is often hard to answer – if you’ve never renovated your home before, you may not know where to start. Remodeling projects range dramatically in price, so understanding your budget will help us provide better design advice. At a minimum, determine some budget parameters, such as less than $25,000, $25,000 to $50,000, $100,000 to $125,000 and so on.

Photographs are a great way to give us a sense of what you want to achieve. Magazines clippings or inspiration online. Houzz and Pinterest are two of the best sources for design inspiration. You can share your Houzz Ideabooks with us directly, or if you’re a pinner, make a board that we can review together!

Whether you decide to move forward with the new design or prefer to take some time to consider your options, this meeting will help you understand your home’s potential. To set up an appointment, call us at (785) 271-1661.

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