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Modern Farmhouse update

by Tim Schrock 0 comments

Design Design/Build Remodeling

Last year, a homeowner agreed that the design/build process was best for their upcoming addition and remodeling project. Their contractor, Schrier Contracting, LLC, knew that their satisfaction would be increased if they were included intimately in the design process of their project. Their list was quite succinct:

  • 2-car garage addition
  • laundry room/storage
  • home office
  • kitchen remodel
  • and, more light in living space
In addition to this, they wanted the project to fit with the existing style and look of their home, AND, they wanted to keep the project within their financial goals as well.

Check for more project info on their Farmhouse Addition project page

Based upon the results of their project, and their happy faces, the design and construction of their project definitely met their expectations. Here are a couple of photos of their new kitchen.   Project built by Schrier Contracting, LLC and designed in collaboration with Design Solutions, Inc.

Communication is key to a good remodeling project

by Tim Schrock 0 comments

Communication Design Design/Build

Master Suite addition, exterior

Master Suite addition, exterior

Over the years, we've had the pleasure of working with hundreds of clients with dozens of contractors. The sad projects are the ones that we've been asked to rescue: those projects where the original architect/designer messed things up so horribly, that the owner fired them, and hired us. These are sad because it could have been so much better the first time around. The main complaint with these projects, and any project we've seen that goes awry, is a huge lack of communication.  

Homeowners control the design process

by Tim Schrock 0 comments

Communication Design Design/Build

Every new project is exciting for us to begin as each is a new challenge to design an attractive building. But each project also brings the opportunity to work with a new set of tastes, needs, desires, and limits. This project did not disappoint. The description for this new construction home was re-iterated several times to us to have a large, open area family space. Other than that, the owners wanted 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, home office and full basement.

This is where the beauty of the design/build process works so wonderfully.  

Kitchen renovation increases space without adding

by Tim Schrock 2 comments

Design Remodeling

How can you increase the space without adding to the footprint? Oh the fun tricks of being a remodeling designer! Really, the trick isn't that tricky. You want to know the secret? Remove the inefficiencies of the traffic pattern. It's that simple. Ah, but that's also tricky. The other trick is...  

Making Technology Work for You

by Tim Schrock 1 comments

Business Communication Design Fun

app store iconWe recently purchased some new technology to expand our capabilities and options for communicating our passion for good design and good business. This new direction has placed me square in the middle of a black hole of options now. Who can I follow? Where can I follow them? What is going to be my practice so I don’t fall into the black hole of social media wherein one can waste so much time? Searching for articles on iTunes apps for designers and business has yielded few results. I’ve even suggested this topic to a magazine editor today. Then, the thought flew into my mind, “Why don’t you write down what you’ve found in your searching, and list the few that look like they could help?” So, here I am… Mind you, this is a list of iPhone and iPad apps. Sorry Android, I did switch to the other side.

  • Social Media
    1. Flipboard This has been a great find, and, I think, helps to reduce the time in the black hold of time wasting while maximizing what you want to see.
    2. Pinterest I’ve had fun getting on this one and just sharing some great looking pictures.
    3. Houzz Do I need to say more?
    4. Facebook
    5. Facebook Pages
Final comment on social media. You do need to connect to an account on all major social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. I list Facebook and Facebook Pages apps above so that you can connect to your business Facebook page.