Design for Home

Design for Homes

"A good designer takes the stress and confusion out of changing your home."

Houses designed for past generations don’t always meet the needs of families today. We work with clients who love where they live, but have homes that aren’t quite working for them. When we work on a home, we consider what supports everyone in the household—including pets! We connect your needs and your desires to the function and look of your space. The best solutions aren’t always obvious from the start, but that’s okay. All you have to know at the start is what the problems are. Our specialty is developing a deep understanding of your household’s big picture, and presenting creative, workable solutions. Once you pick a design, we’ll look after all the details that make it come together.

HOW WE DO IT

CONNECT
The first step is always to find out if we’re right for each other. First we’ll chat by phone or email, and schedule an initial meeting at your home to discuss the project and what we can do for you. If things feel right, we’ll sign a contract and get started with measurements and photographs.
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ANALYZE
Back at the studio is where the magic happens. We take your ideas and our analysis of your space and start to put together a floor plan and layout major fixtures. If it’s a kitchen or bath, we’ll get the millwork and appliances arranged. This stage focuses on creating flow and function, the design elements that make your space work with you and for you.
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REVISE
We’ll incorporate your feedback into the fundamental layout and floor plan and get started on the fun stuff: creating the custom details, selecting the colour scheme, light fixtures, surface finishes and furniture. At the end of this stage, you’ll have a complete drawing package that can be presented to a contractor for a detailed quote.
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PURCHASE
We’ll incorporate your feedback into the fundamental layout and floor plan and get started on the fun stuff: creating the custom details, selecting the colour scheme, light fixtures, surface finishes and furniture. At the end of this stage, you’ll have a complete drawing package that can be presented to a contractor for a detailed quote.
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BUILD
During the build phase we still check in to make sure everything is going according to plan! We always do a minimum of two site visits—one before the walls go up and one at the end of construction. But if you want to travel or be less involved during construction, we can take on a full project management role and make sure everything goes smoothly.
A word from our clients
When we bought our house, we brought in Lenore to consult on colour and furnishing. Throughout the process she was helpful and professional, interested in letting us articulate our vision rather than imposing her own; she was not shy about sharing her opinions (and the reasoning behind them) when asked, but made it clear that the final decisions were ours. We will definitely return to her when we start planning to renovate our home.
— Matt Walsh, home owner and current custom design client