A client recently asked me a question that I hear often. She asked if I was surprised how her home renovation turned out. The good news is that the answer was “no”. My job is to see what a space can be and get it there. Although it is always a thrill to see the finished product, I love that it is what I “saw” all along!
In the planning stages, I create a base plan using CADD software. This base plan uses the dimensions and detail of the existing house, and is a great way to really get a sense of the current structure and what we are dealing with from a construction standpoint. From there, using the feedback from client meetings and the earlier development of goals and objectives for the project, I begin design.
The CADD drawings are a great tool for me, but clients love them as well! It enables everyone to actually see the changes that are being proposed and helps my clients understand why I am designing something a certain way or why I am recommending alterations in floor plan, exteriors and even building scale.
Here is an example of a computer-generated view of the addition that is wrapping up on a current project. The CADD view was done a year ago; the photo was taken 2 weeks ago. And there were no surprises!
I also like people to see “special views” inside the house. At the beginning of a project, I will ask a client if they have a special piece of furniture or artwork that they want to have in a certain room, and will factor that into plans. (Right now, on one of my projects, I think I have just solved where a baby grand piano will be going – with a great view of the outdoors as well!)
When I do interiors, I usually place furniture in rooms so people know what will fit or show them the answer to the always asked question:“Where will the TV go?”!
Below is an example of an interior view that was presented to the client more than a year before the “finished product” was complete. We even factored in paint colors early on, giving the clients time to think about the feel of the finished home well before final paint colors needed to be selected.