Amy and her family had been living in their Plano home for over 25 years, and it came to the point where they were either going to buy a new house or remodel their current one. Amy and her husband made a beautiful life in this house. They raised three kids in it. It was truly their home.
So, they decided to stay and called us to bring their 1978 home into the 21st century.
Having lived in the house for so long, Amy knew exactly how she wanted to improve her space — open up the galley kitchen to the living room and dining room. She also wanted to give the 40-year-old home a makeover — update the style and give it a fresh, clean look that would last for decades to come. We took her suggestions and ran with them, giving her the space of her dreams in the home her family filled with memories.
The biggest task in the remodel was knocking down the wall that separated Amy’s kitchen from the surrounding primary spaces. Opening up that area brought in an incredible amount of light, which accentuated the white kitchen we designed for her.
WHAT OUR TEAM LOVES
“There’s a moment where the backsplash wraps around the cabinets up to the ceiling and it meets the wood paneling on the adjacent wall. It’s a beautiful meeting of two contrasting materials. I just love it.” — ABBEY, Junior Designer at Beyond Interior Design
When we first entered the house (prior to the remodel), we saw two separate spaces — the dining room and living room — with an entry to the kitchen on your left. The removal of the kitchen wall changed those two adjoining spaces. With one large connected space, we had the opportunity to create a cohesive design that flowed throughout the home.
In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the domino effect (if you change one thing, it will often change another). With the kitchen and dining rooms open to the living room, we knew we’d need to update the stairs and fireplace to maintain a fluid aesthetic. To achieve this, we created a custom, sleek fireplace wall and slimmed down the finishings of the staircase.
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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO AN INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT
The interior design world has always been mysterious. That rings true for clients and other designers. For years, professionals kept their processes secret from competitors. In the age of social media, blogs, vlogs, and podcasts, a wealth of knowledge has been shared amongst the design community. However, this content comes from industry-known sources, not from ones the everyday home or business owner regularly sees. Which means the most common question from new interior design clients is still, "So, what's the process?"
The truth is, not all designers will approach a project the same or have a clear, laid out plan. Therefore, we can't speak for the entire industry. We can, however, share the steps Beyond Interior Design works through so you can gain a general understanding of the interior design process.
CONSULTATION The first step to any project is the consultation. At this appointment, the designer walks through the space (if accessible) and creates a baseline scope of what the clients would like to accomplish. This is also the first opportunity the designer can provide valuable information specific to the project.
CONTRACT After the consultation, if the project seems like a good fit, both parties sign a contract. A fee or retainer is usually collected at this time.
TRADES DAY Now that the designer has onboarded the client, it's go time! The design team heads back to the project site to obtain measurements, capture before photos, and finalize any other criteria. The team also schedules tradesmen to come out and propose very rough estimates of cost and doability (for example, if raising the ceiling was in your scope list, the designer would schedule roofers to come and determine if that's even possible.)
DESIGN AND DOCUMENTATION This stage is where the magic happens! The designer now has everything they need to do what they do best — design. While creating the floor plan and renderings, the designer also sources goods (furnishings and materials) and services during this stage. Once the drawings have been executed, estimates can be procured.
PRESENTATION The design comes to life in the presentation stage. Here, the designer reveals their concept to the client, providing 3D renderings, samples of materials, and cost estimation.
ORDERING AND BUDGET REVIEW Once the design team gets the go-ahead, it's time to purchase the furnishings and decor. A responsible designer will keep an eye on the budget so they can notify clients if anything changes drastically (i.e. price or availability of items and how that affects budget).
CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION This stage can occur simultaneously with the ordering and will also undergo budget review throughout the progression of the renovation/construction. (Simple renovations like wallpapering and painting occur during this stage, as any changes to a room's surfaces must occur prior to installation.)
INSTALLATION After completion of construction, it's time for Installation Day! This is when all the purchased goods are brought into the house and placed according to the design concept. Additionally, the designer will often bring styling items that the client can purchase if they like the aesthetic the decor creates. It may help some clients to view Installation Day as the final design day. Unless changes are made, the only other step is to close out the project. Basically, the installation is the climax of the process.
DEFICIENCIES The designer and client will walk through the new space once the installation is complete. The client will identify any deficiencies, and the design team will resolve them as soon as possible.
PROJECT CLOSURE The last step in the design process is the project closure meeting. Here, the designer and client will meet one last time to receive their project binder and final invoices. Afterward, the only thing left for the client to do is to enjoy their newly designed modern space!
Our process may seem simple, but we can't stress this enough — it's definitely not. Starting from the design stage and intensifying during project management, we're immersed in a complex game of Tetris, and every little piece has to fit together perfectly. Mess one up and it takes several more moves to get back on track. That's why the process exists in the first place, to help organize all the moving parts and keep us working efficiently for our clients. It truly does take a dedicated professional and their team to execute an effective design process, and we strive for that every day.
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It's a true joy working with new clients, getting to learn their unique personalities and styles and designing specifically for them. Yet, there's something special about getting to work with return clients. We know their design style and what they like, but we also get to see how their preferences have slightly evolved based on how their lives have changed.
Project Northcrest came to us from our very first client. At the time, she'd always wanted a modern house, and that's exactly what we gave her. In 2016, her life had grown, as had her family and their needs, and she was looking for more space and a home closer to her kids' schools.
She brought us in the loop prior to them even searching for homes. She wasn't sure if they were going to build or buy but she knew we'd be brought in for the interior design work.
Three months after they purchased the house, she sent us an update that they'd bought a house and shared the photos with us. It was a beautiful family home, but was French Country through and through — this was NOT her style at all. But for her, the home was all about location, location, location. Everything else, she knew, could be customized to her taste. And it was.
We sourced the kitchen through Porcelanosa, with the custom-built cabinets done by Supreme Design of Dallas. The tile for the master bath also came from Porcelanosa, which gave the space a sleek, European modernity.