How do I get started?
We usually meet in your home for a consultation. For a kitchen remodel or addition, we speak about how you cook, the relationship of your kitchen to other rooms, what is and is not working now, your goals, needs, and wants.
For other parts of your home such as basement conversions, master bedroom suites, or Bubby suites, the process is similar.
Plan on 2 hours for a consult, which is a fixed fee of $150 ($75 x 2 hr. minimum). During the consultation, I will give you an estimate of what my design costs would be for your project.
What do I get if you do my design?
After I take precise measurements and draw up plans, you will receive 2D and 3D CAD drawings, and printed plans for you and your contractor. You will be able to walk through the 3D CAD drawings on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Typically your plan will go through a few revisions until you are completely happy.
Do you sell cabinets?
Yes. I carry both stock and semi-custom cabinets. In stock lines, I carry 6 Square and Cubitac. In semi-custom/custom I carry Canyon Creek and Cuisine Laurier (Cuisimax). Canyon Creek, Cuisine Laurier and 6 Square all have limited lifetime warranties.
Clients ordering cabinets through me receive additional services: extra revisions, CAD drawings including details such as your choices in backsplashes and flooring, and my continued involvement as questions come up throughout your project.
Do you ever get called in on a project started by someone else?
Yes, and in a few different ways. I am often asked to do a kitchen design from an architect’s plan. The kitchen space in an architect’s plan may say “kitchen by others” and there’s a good reason for that — architects are not kitchen designers.
Sometimes I get a request to review a plan produced by a cabinet showroom. A “plan check” may leave you wondering “why didn’t I come to you first?” I am not Home Depot, and when I do a design it is with much more thought and care than a big box store or cabinet showroom can typically allot to an individual.
I don’t live in Maryland. Are you still able to design my space?
I can work with you if you have accurate measurements. The measurements can come from an architect’s drawings, your contractor, or you. You can pay Home Depot or Lowes to measure if it’s for a kitchen only.