Once we have arrived at the design process the schematic designs will be revised based on feedback from the schematic designs. People who choose to work with me are typically homeowners who are busy professionals working long days or running their kids to multiple activities and don't have hours to spend in showrooms. Usually they are trying to make responsible investment decisions but are secretly worried they may make choices they decide they don’t like until it is too late. They need to spend as little time as possible in showrooms shopping for materials to finish out their kitchen or bath remodel. We work together narrowing down the overwhelming possibilities in as short a time frame as possible so that they can stay in step with their busy lives. Some people are very comfortable shopping online, however in-person showroom visits to touch and experience before investing helps in making the best decisions.
Even though it is only a few weeks, this phase can seem the longest because of our excitement and readiness to start. It is common to only be able to look and make decisions of this nature for only three hours at a time before the mental walls come down. It is understandable that some are limited to a shorter amount of time due to tight schedules, physical limitations and simply getting a grasp of the impact their choices may have on their design. My clients often seem distressed that they are having trouble visualizing their space; this is nothing to be concerned with. Most people aren’t visual (able to imagine pictures clearly), they use other senses primarily and are kinesthetic (touch and feel) or auditory (excellent listeners), and that's beautiful. It's what gives us a variety of career opportunities; there is a very good reason that I’m not an accountant for example.
After the material decisions are made, I work with the showroom associates to pull together the fine details, and parts and pieces that a regular person isn’t expected to think about that are key to the function of plumbing and electrical fixtures. I spell out a detailed list with product information, manuals, and pricing, etc. to share with the general contractor so they can have a guide-book for remodeling your home more smoothly. This information is also incorporated into the next phase of drawings. These drawings will still be preliminary in nature as a rough draft for communicating the design intent to the general contractor and their team in the next phase of construction preparation.