Updated: Jan 13, 2020
In case you missed Croatt part 1: https://www.pinnacleinteriordesigns.com/post/mid-century-modern-remodel-croatt-part-1
-The glamorous side of Interior Design
Client- Heidi and Dana Croatt: Maple Grove, MN
The hardest part for me with my job is the part AFTER I have done all the designing, selections, ordering, and contractor communication. As much as I would love to take credit for every project, I have an amazing crew of contractors, electricians, plumbers, etc. who make my plan and my client's dream come to life. It is fun to do site check-ins and see the progress, but you put so much planning in and then have to hand over the reigns. I do project manage on some projects, but not all.
During this project in particular we had a few snags that brought me back for solutions and/or documentation. One in particular was the end panel on the pantry came unfinished. It had been ordered correctly but we had to make the decision to put the counters in to stay on schedule and then put a thin end panel on from the counter up. You could never tell now, but in the moment it was a panic on everyone's part!
Another (less stressful) decision was spacing on the island in relation to the perimeter cabinets and the dining room. There are standards, but I like to stand in the space and place those island cabinets EXACTLY in the best spacing. In a small space, every inch counts so we were debating over inches.
Another funny one was when the lighting came we decided to switch the foyer and dining room on a whim. I am so glad we did! Design is good "on paper" but what makes it great is seeing things in person and adjusting to what FEELS right!
Little things happened too, which is a part of remodeling....like the new dining table arriving with a giant scratch...but a simple phone call handles it!
Dana (the client) was also an active design team member. He took it upon himself to create a rendering of the backsplash I had sold them on to make sure they were envisioning it correctly and that there was a rough template to go off of. I was so impressed that I joked I would be hiring him! (picture below)
-The wall is gone and the electricians are underway!
-Rendering Dana put together to help visualize my backsplash idea.
-Dana's sarcasm at it's finest!
They had found a local tile maker in their inspiration searches and fell in love. There was one problem, it was WAY over their budget and I had to be the dream killer. We had already decided to include furniture for the dining room that wasn’t planned for (and later the living room too) and tripling the backsplash budget was not something they could afford to do.
So I got creative. I went to my tile store and I searched. I found a geometric mosaic that I could customize with their three color offerings. This option was $400 versus close to $3,000.
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