|Existing stain and glossy finish removed exposing natural red oak floors.|
I still have relationships with tiler installers, a wallpaper hanger, a plumber and an electrician, but I needed to fill in the big gaps for construction (which would include skilled carpenters, masterful drywall hangers and experts in hardwood refinishing and installations) for projects that are larger or trade intensive like bathrooms. I mentioned last year in this post, that I try to test drive contractors before recommending them to a client or friend. One thing that has changed since then? Now I never recommend trades that I have not test driven! Either I have worked along side them on a job (where the client has hired them) or they have worked in my house. There are many more factors to consider when hiring/working with someone than "does it look good?". When things go wrong and you gave the reference, understandably, the clients are going to be upset with you. So.....the painful reality is in order to run my business as efficiently and effectively as I would like, I needed to take the time do this. Plus, I love renovations, definitely a highlight of design work for me. It has been a long process, but I am excited about the possibilities it will create.
- 2 kitchen renovations (mine and one client)
- 9 bathroom renovations (2 at my house, 7 for clients)
- 1 new construction basement (my house)
- 1 new construction bathroom (my house)
- 1 basement renovation/addition (client)
- 1 new construction brick/flagstone walkway and porch (my house)
- 1 laundry room remodel with custom bench/shelving/cubbies (my house)
|A crew member applied my test sample choices yesterday morning!|
Even though this process has come a long way and despite what is often advertised, there is absolutely no such thing as a "dustless" process!!! It's going to be a messy and exciting ride...I'll be sure to bring you along!