● “How do you first approach a space? In other words, what’s the first thing you think about when you first see a client’s closet space/storage problem?”
I approach each individual space with an open and inquisitive mind. I like to first ask why my client is unhappy with the space (even when I can visually see why!). Then I spend a lot of time listening to the client’s needs/wants and discuss the intended use and function of the space. I also like to ask what items are staying and which ones are going away while I take inventory of what is stored in the space. The collaboration of the design is a lot of fun and is always focused on achieving the client’s goals.
● “What is the biggest design obstacle you’ve overcome? i.e. awkwardly angled walls, electrical sockets in bizarre places, big collections in small spaces.”
One of the biggest obstacles I had to overcome was designing a walk-in closet with very short knee walls and multiple sloping ceilings with several different pitches. The client had contacted 2 different builders to remodel his closet and neither wanted to take on the project. Instead, they told him to call Closet Factory and the rest is history!
● “Since collaboration is such an integral part of the design process, how do you like to engage or connect with clients in order to help them realize their vision for a space?”
During the design process, I love to show pictures of other clients’ spaces to help them make specific decisions. If the client has the time during the initial consultation, we will collaborate together on a beautiful 3D design on my laptop. Or a follow up 3D design review is set up for a later date at the showroom. It is my goal to utilize every available square inch of the client’s space and build the right solution at the right cost. We have an extensive product line which allows the client to add any aesthetics or accessories to achieve the exact look and function he/she desires. The client’s design is manufactured locally here in Virginia Beach with locally supplied industrial grade materials and comes with a Life Time Transferable Warranty.
● “How are you inspired by a home’s existing décor? Is there anything specific that you look for during an in-home consultation?”
When I walk up to a client’s home, I make a mental note of the exterior style of the client’s home. As I am shown various spaces within the home, I take note of the client’s décor style, color schemes, lighting, personality, and lifestyle. These are clues to what the client already loves (unless they specifically tell me otherwise).
● “What are some ways a custom designed home office can improve productivity? In other words, how does the right type of home office help people do business?”
There are many factors involved with designing a home office to improve productivity (i.e. ergonomics, task lighting, desktop workflow and function, storage of documents and supplies, computers, printers, & wire management). In my experience, I have found that easy to reach open shelving, cubbies, slide out shelves behind closed doors, and custom drawers/file drawers creates the best solution for improved productivity. A well-lighted, large desktop at the height you want is bliss!!!
● “What are some modern organizational trends, or what’s a trend you’re looking for?”
I have noticed a trend in new construction design (and in remodels/renovations as well) that the Master Bedroom will showcase the bed and nightstands only. The Master Closet now functions as the dressing area and is designed to contain the clothing storage drawers previously seen in the bedroom.
Another trend I have experienced is the “less is more” minimalist design décor. People love and gravitate towards the simple, calm, and uncluttered look and feel when they walk into a space.