What to Expect at Our 1st Meeting

What to Expect at Our 1st Meeting

At our first meeting we will have the opportunity to “get to know one another.” We want to listen to your needs, desires and expectations and we want you to feel comfortable in asking us questions as well.

  • Ensure important decision makers are available. Even if your spouse/significant other will not be involved with the process, if he/she will live in the space, then include her/him in the initial meeting. Especially if the room is shared, like the kitchen or master bathroom. Don’t set up this meeting when the spouse/significant other is not available. This can easily become a cause for contention once the project gets underway.
  • Expect to discuss budget. This can be a touchy subject but not talking about it won’t make it go away! Be sure to be clear about what your budget limitations are and ask if your budget expectations match the reality of the project. Your design & your material selections determine the price of the job. We can only estimate how much your project will cost.
  • How will you finance the project ‐ refinance or cash?
  • Gather pictures and ideas of rooms that appeal to you. When you say ‘modern’, it can mean totally different things to an architect, designer and/or decorator. Show pictures instead! Collect pictures of rooms and ideas from magazines, web pages, pictures of friends homes, books and prepare them to show in your first meeting. The more detailed information you give, the easier it will be for the us to address your needs.
  • Describe your current home. What do you like about it? What’s missing? What don’t you like? Do you want to change the space you have?
  • Why do you want to add to or remodel your current home?
  • What is your lifestyle? Are you at home a great deal? Do you work at home? Do you entertain often?
  • How much time do you spend in the living areas, bedroom, kitchen, utility space etc..
  • How much time and energy are you willing to invest to maintain your home?
  • If you are thinking of an addition, what functions or activities will be housed in the new space?
  • What kind of spaces do you need, e.g., bedrooms, bigger kitchen, family room, bathrooms, etc?
  • How many of those spaces do you think you need?
  • What do you think the addition or remodel should look like?