"Day in the Life" Perfection.....It all looks so easy
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The ability to take a vision and make it a reality is a trademark of a professional designer. Even better - make it seem like it was easy. Designing, proposing, organizing, implementing, logistics, management and delivering are not such easy tasks. It can make or break the relationship you have with the client. You always want to have a positive result and its easy to start out positive but when problems and disappointments occur...not so easy at the end of a job. That is why its important to understand the process of implementing a design project and what it takes.
In every design project there is a challenge and what designers do best is provide solutions...creatively .
- This particular client wanted to update their kitchen and make it functional. Their children were growing older and they had really worn out the previous kitchen.
- They needed to add a bar that they would actually use.
- The original bar was a bar height (43" high) and was never used except for setting stuff on.
- They wanted good storage that allowed them to access what they needed.
- They wanted a fresh look and uncluttered feel.
- They had a tight time schedule - for a kitchen remodel with a deadline in place
The new design provided a fresh look with new materials and updated surfaces, smart storage space with pullout pantry closets and lower shelves that pulled out.
Perfection is in the planning
Most of the design process is up front and its important to educate clients that the more that has been planned out before the project actually begins construction, the better the construction portion of the project will be. There are less mistakes and costly problems.
What went right..
With this project, the planning was all done before the demo started. The cabinets arrived on time, the tile was on site, the appliances, plumbing and lighting were on at the job site before the demo lition and all went together rather smoothly.
What went wrong
1) A few cabinet pulls didn't arrive - so the feeling of completion was postponed and there was slight disappointment...and that meant the contractor had to send someone back
2) The client had some concerns and wanted a few adjustments to the cabinets.
2) The client selected the stools that were suggested to her but her husband did not like them. Usually, if something is selected and purchased - the client has signed for the purhase of it and they cannot return it.
I never stop learning - What I learned from this project
I was able to swiftly work out the issues and keep the project moving along. The cabinet adjustment was between the client and the contractor and was corrected. I ordered hardware from a local manufacturer and was able to quickly get the extra pulls.
The vendor that the stools were purchased from had a lenient return policy. There was a restocking fee and the client paid it.
While this particular situation worked out nicely....I realized that the wife didn't have the final decision. Each project is different and its important to make sure everyone understands what the design is and what is being purchased. Both parties had agreed on the big purchases and for the most part, this job went quickly and smoothly...Just in time for them to host Thanksgiving. That was something they had requested and by organizing and scheduling - it was delivered.
In the onlline interior design course ID Biz 101 I outline how to get these kinds of results. It takes practice and clear understanding of each step. Keep following the blog, enjoy the day to day on social media and join the exclusive group so you can become a "virtual intern" and learn interior design when you have the time to.