“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Our design firm is “old”. Years ago a very young feature writer called us “an established design firm with years of experience”. What this really means to us is that we have built relationships that are important to us. We continue to be blessed with clients who allow us to come into their homes and become part of their families. We have as many memories of their homes as they do. When it’s time to pass “our” home onto the next family it can be bittersweet.
WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO GET YOU TO CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET?
About once a week we get an inquiry about closet designs. Do we design closets, how much does a custom closet cost, how quickly can we meet to start the process. The answers…yes we do, we can work with any budget and we will meet when you have your closet cleaned out. Wait….”I have to clean out my closet first?” Not what most expect to hear and not what all custom closet companies suggest as a first step.
Let’s face it, the thought of homework does not conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings for kids or parents. In reality the memories are more likely of lost assignments, mad dashes to Walgreens, crowded dinner tables ladled with supplies, frustrated kids who don’t “get this” and the bedtime clock looming in the background. What if we could count on our homes to help make homework time better?
TOO HOT TO HANDLE….LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR BTU’S AND 6 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A GAS RANGE
A BTU (British thermal unit) is a measure of heat output and applies to the power generated by gas stovetops and ranges. The capacity of gas burners is measured in BTU per hour. Residential ranges, patterned after commercial units, have BTUs of 12,000 to 25,000. If you have one, or are planning a kitchen design, you no doubt know what these are. But do you really know why you need these? It’s gotta be for a better reason than bragging rights.
ONE FREE THING EVERYONE CAN DO TO UPDATE THEIR KITCHEN
Designers are just like everyone else. We sneak in some weekend internet time to save photos of all kinds of inspiration for our homes. We are trained, and have years of experience, that help us see things others might miss. In our minds, there is always a “what if” churning. Some concepts take time and money. All good. Plan the work and work the plan. But what can we do now? Personally, I’ve found that small accomplishments in our home keep me motivated. Something that can be done quickly, like “right now”! Basically for sweat labor free and make me feel like I have made a positive difference in our life. Tall order…easy fix!
The real estate agent has done a bang up job of finding a house in the neighborhood you love. The mechanics of the house are strong. The previous owners have kept up nicely with maintenance. Yet, something is still not as you imagined. You want to make this house your home.
Can you do this alone or should you hire a designer?