Getting Started

It is critical to any renovation project to streamline the process to make it as efficient as possible. The inconvenience of losing the use of your kitchen, bathroom or other frequently used areas of the home can be minimized with thorough planning. Your new dream space will take shape quickly after the first few meetings as long as proper preparation occurs. This preparation will increase efficiency and create a clearer image of what we’ll achieve together. Davis Design Company takes great care to effectively capture your ideas and translate them into a living space that is a natural extension of you and your family.

  • Budget – One of the first steps in any renovation project is to establish a budget. Next, you must create your wish list (the items, features and characteristics that you what your project to contain). It becomes the designer’s task to take the available funds and appropriate them in the best way to make the wish list a reality.

    For a kitchen renovation, the guideline which is widely used in the industry is that the budget for a facelift (new countertops, new appliances, new backsplash, cabinet upgrades, etc.) is 5 to 10 percent of the overall value of your home. The budget for a full renovation including appliance and plumbing relocation, new cabinetry, flooring, countertops, appliances, lighting, backsplash material, wall and widow treatments and possible wall removal or reconfiguration is 15 percent of the overall value of your home. If you are planning on staying in your house for 10 years or more, you might want to consider extra budgeting to afford and accomplish the renovation you desire.

  • Style – Discover your look. Magazines and websites are great resources to jumpstart your imagination. Take note of what you like as well as what you dislike. Keep in mind architectural detail, cabinet style and construction, door styles, cabinet finishes, countertops, tile and flooring options, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures and so on.
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  • Appliances – Take account of your cooking style and methods, the size of your family, desired functions and features, who will service the appliance, consumer rating, what finishes appeal to you (stainless steel, painted, integrated), the available utilities in the house, energy efficiency, and even the intrinsic and physical characteristics of the neighborhood.
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  • Space Analysis -Take inventory of the contents of your current kitchen including any future purchases. Identify equipment that will require special storage (blender/mixer, serving trays and cookie sheets, large pots or kettles, crock pot, etc.). Decide if you would like seating in the kitchen – and if so, how many family and guests would you like to accommodate? Is the current space sufficient or would you like to increase the existing footprint? These are terrific questions to ask.
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  • Accessories – What added features or accessories does your ideal living space need to become more functional and better suited for your lifestyle? Consider some of the items that have become commonplace in the following areas: Kitchen (roll-out shelves, utensil dividers, tray dividers, trash and recycle pull-out containers, compostable material storage, pantry storage units, under cabinet lighting, glass doors and shelves); Bathroom (steam room, pull-out hamper, ceiling heating units, heated flooring, divided drawers, hairdryer storage with receptacle); and Closets (Shoe towers, pull-out hamper, jewelry drawers, pull-out storage for belts, ties, towels, robes, etc.).

The Process

During the initial consultation we listen closely to what it is that YOU ultimately hope to achieve from you project – improving the look and feel of the most important areas of your home. Part of our job and expertise is turning challenges into opportunities. We’ll propose several options that could achieve the results you’re looking for. If you choose to proceed with the design process, a small deposit is required based on the scale of the project. The cost is deducted from the contract if the job moves forward. You’ll then receive a layout drawing showing the proposed design with all room dimensions, cabinet dimensions, appliance locations, plumbing locations and any other items of interest. This detailed schematic is accompanied by highly detailed elevation drawings of cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures, etc. We review these drawings with you in detail. And we are happy to make revisions based on our discussions with you, in order to achieve the optimal design.

Expert installation is the next step in our process. At Davis Design Company, we only work with the best. After all, installation can make or break the entire project. We use only the finest craftsmen who pay close attention to every detail. We also have long-running relationships with skilled electricians, plumbers, tile and flooring installers and many other trade experts within the industry. With years in the business, we have learned who does top-notch work and who doesn’t. We only use those who deliver excellence.

Along this line, we have built strong working relationships with some of the finest companies in the home-building industry. This allows us to provide an extensive selection of cabinets, countertop materials, flooring products, plumbing and lighting fixtures, tile, appliances, doors, windows, etc. This relationship also allows us to quickly acquire samples to bring to you – so you have a clear idea of the quality product we’re talking about at our next meeting.

The final step within the process is project management. At Davis Design Company, this is paramount because it ensures a seamless flow to the job from start to finish. And as you can imagine, this could be, apart from your beautiful upgrade, your lasting impression of our work. Our professional management team will handle every aspect of the project from day one. Before we start, you’ll receive a document that will detail the schedule and timeframe for the project with milestones identified. Once the project is underway, you’ll be updated regularly via e-mail about our progress and upcoming events along with any possible deviations from the original schedule. The e-mail will be accompanied by photos of our progress on the project, and will serve as a handy future resource for your records.