Diary by ASID Professional Kelly Hendricks
Step 1: The Floor Plan
I always begin my final presentation with the floor plan and this time was no different. I talked about each wall on the floor plan and what would be changing. As I talked, I pulled out the correlating elevations. These helped provide a visual guide to what will happen on that particular wall. I moved slowly through this part because I’ve found that it takes awhile for people to sort out what they are looking at so I waited patiently before moving forward.
Step 2: The 3D-Drawings
Once we were clear on the floor plans, I presented the computerized black and white 3D perspective drawings. This is where the “WOW” occurred. I reviewed all of the details in…well…detail. This part of the process not only educated my clients about what’s available but it also engaged them in the decision-making process. My goal was to make their new space fully functional for their specific needs and the needs of their family. I needed to make life easier for them.
Step 3: Style
To confirm the style of the proposed space I brought concept pictures from magazines and the Internet. I’ve found clients more easily describe their likes and dislikes when provided with pictures. I felt confident that my client and I were on the same page for this project.
Step 4: Materials (cabinetry & countertop)
I’ve found that many people get confused when it comes to materials. My rule of thumb for kitchen remodels is simple. If my client’s taste is modern I present the cabinetry first, as there are so many different materials choices out there. Then we find complimentary surface material choices. Sometimes using multiple materials really works well for modern kitchens.
If my client’s taste runs towards Traditional, Tuscan or Spanish, I present the surface material first. Nine times out of ten, they chose granite. Mind you, finding the perfect granite can be challenging. From there, I draw specific colors from the stone that will complement the cabinetry and finishes.
Step 5: Backsplash
The backsplash was a huge focal point, especially when people plan to sit at countertop height. With the cabinet and countertop samples in hand, I designed and drew 2 to 3 different backsplash layouts for them to choose from.
Step 6: Flooring
Once the previous steps were completed, my clients’ lifestyle and use of space helped to narrow which type of material to use on the floor. This decision was the easiest to make.
Step 7: Lighting
Decorative lighting was a key ingredient in representing the style of the space. It’s like adding jewelry to an outfit. A rule of thumb is that metals in the same room should match. If my client was using oiled rubbed bronze faucets then they should also choose lighting fixtures with oiled rubbed bronze metal finishes.
Step 8: Hardware
Hardware aided and confirmed the style of the space. Once again metal materials should match. There are thousands of choices out there and it could have been overwhelming. We narrowed the options through a process of elimination which made this task easier.
Step 9: Paint
I showed my clients a little demonstration that will help them make easier paint color choices in the future. I took out my color wheel and explained to them that colors opposite of each other on the color wheel complement each other. So if they take the colors from the space (cabinetry, countertop, backsplash and flooring) and focus on the opposite color - they’ve got a place to start looking at paint colors in the future.
Step 10: It’s a Wrap!
With every design choice made, I placed all the elements on the table in front of my clients. The floor plan, 3D perspectives, cabinetry colors, countertop materials, backsplash tile design with samples, flooring sample, pictures of lighting fixtures, hardware, wall paint swatch and concept photos crowded the tabletop. But the seeds of the new kitchen were sown. The look of contentment on my client’s face was heart-warming and I knew I’d done my job well!