Rainier Custom Homes Newsletter Fall 2016
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       RCH People Profile         Got Hygge?

As summer turned to fall this year, we completed a transformative kitchen remodel for longtime Seattle residents, Monte & Lynn. Both of Danish heritage, Lynn explained that they most wanted their kitchen to embrace the cozy quality that the Danes colloquially refer to as hygge. Though sometimes hard to explain and often hard to pronounce (sounds like hooga), hygge embraces a cozy quality of belonging, closeness, and intimate relationships. It’s easy to understand why coziness is sought after during the dark days of a Danish or PNW winter, yet regardless of the season, hygge is achieved in this charming project.

The 90 year old house is reinvented with an improved layout for ease of use. The remodel includes quality construction featuring a central island, built in benching in the dining space, and a further extension, beyond the interiors, to the patio outside, which is now connected to the house by a charming porch, pergola, and gate.

The interior design elements feature: light and bright white painted cabinetry, bracketed open shelving, bead board, wainscoting, marble counters, faceted glass door & drawer pulls, classic white subway tile backsplash, grounding dark stain on a rustic wood topped central island and oak hardwood floors—all against the backdrop of a serene pale blue palette. And now, transom windows, a vaulted ceiling in the addition, unique metal mesh lighting, colorful dishware displays, a classic Danish antique porcelain chandelier (hanging above the dining table) and punctuations of red inject the space with brightness and welcoming warmth.

Monte & Lynn are pleased with RCH’s construction management and ability to achieve the design elements that they desired most. The open kitchen has clearly defined work zones: a baking station for Monte (his cookies are the BEST!), a breakfast bar, food prep, a mobile device and planning station, cleaning, cooking, gathering and serving. Yes, there is even a sideboard buffet across from the dining table. 

We are so pleased to have partnered with Monte and Lynn, to not only improve their vital living space, but to help them recognize the home of their dreams and in part to learn about their heritage and warm hearted hospitality!

RCH Initerviews Interior Design Partners

Experts share their thoughts about what clients can expect with great designs
When it comes to the interior design of your home, where do you begin your planning? Can you envision what could be, like a transparent overlay set upon the picture of your current spaces? Don’t feel bad if your visionary skills are stunted, most people have a hard time imagining how the transformation of a room layout can improve traffic flow and functionality. Let alone, learning how the use of color, pattern, texture, lighting and furniture can better define and even anchor interior spaces for better living. Or, perhaps, some element of your home is simply non-functional or outdated, to a point that you must make improvements. Seeking out designer expertise and guidance can help you achieve a brilliant outcome with your home remodel! When your next custom project looms on the horizon, think through and consider the following counsel from three of our most active interior design partners:

Beverly Bradshaw, Interior Designer
Beverly Bradshaw Interiors
Beverly’s Houzz profile

Gail Monica Dent, Interior Designer
Provanti Designs
Gail's Houzz profile

Gwen Dumont, Interior Designer
ID by Gwen
Gwen’s Houzz profile

Build an idea collage board on Houzz or Pinterest  & ask WHY
Gwen "During the initial meeting, I always ask my clients to do some homework by creating and sharing with me an idea book on Houzz or a board on Pinterest where they gather photos of style, color palettes, textures, feeling, etc.
what they like and do not like. I do prefer Houzz since it is easier to add comments.”

Gail "I always ask clients “Why” they want to remodel. It is so easy to assume the reason, so it is most enlightening when you hear their actual response. Their answer gives me the initial basis upon which to proceed.  I love it when clients pull together ideabooks in Houzz or create a Pinterest board and of course there are always the time-honored pages torn from a magazine. At the first meeting, we always build a list of the goals & objectives to guide us through the designing process; it helps to keep from getting lost amongst all the selections and decisions."

A great designer will listen to and show you An affinity and fit between homeowner and project team is the biggest boon with any project! Yes, great design and project success is achieved with detailed planning, documentation and execution. How much happier is the outcome when you resonate and connect with your design-build team and experience a trusting relationship?  
GwenI am very visual and a good listener. Once clients share with me their idea collage boards and I thoroughly review them, I have a perfect understanding of what they want.”

Gail "Technology now provides the ability to create 3-D images that are pretty realistic. Renderings are invaluable in representing all the key aspects of good design while addressing the client’s goals & objectives, space planning, focal points, colors, styling, perspectives, relationships, coordination, creativity. A rendering is a fabulous tool to help validate whether that sparkly Art Deco chandelier you love in the catalog is appropriate for your space (or not). 

Will an existing element continue to be a feature in your new design? Is there a key feature, like a view window, fireplace, an important piece of furniture or artwork that you plan to maintain for the project?  
Beverly “I start with an area rug or the larger pieces if I’m doing furniture. If it is a remodel or new construction I start with the pieces such as flooring, cabinets and countertops first and build from there based on the client’s likes.”

Gail "
Usually with a remodel project, the client wants a clean sweep
all new. If the home has a view, that drives many of the decisions for the room as the view becomes the main attraction. I always ask - what item(s) are you most interested in becoming the focal pointgranite, cabinets, fixtures, art? Interestingly enough, many have not thought about this and we spend time chatting about ways to create focal points. Having too many focal points is a common mistake; people are drawn to what they like in each individual selection, but may not think about how all the selections look and interact together. We start by establishing a primary design element to ground the project and work from there to creatively support it."

This That or the Other…the beauty of threes Designer consensus is that you should expect that interior designers will typically bring you 2 – 3 selections to determine your final options, during the planning phase of your project. This rule of 3’s can help keep clients from being overwhelmed amidst countless choices.
Beverly “I like to have everything selected and ready to order before project construction begins, this helps ensure that all material lead times are included within the project schedule and helps to minimizes change orders during construction, which helps to keep the project within budget too.”   

Project Endurance Best advice for clients during the project?
Anticipate a lot of visitors to the project. Patience is the key along with trust that your project team is working to complete the job to your satisfaction.”

GwenStay focused and continue to collaborate with the team. I always tell my clients that there is no ONE design solution to create a beautiful space. However, the solutions are more limited when it comes to creating a space that will answer their personal needs. Once we agree on one design, I like clients to stay focused on the design and stop looking for other things they may "also" like. I would also encourage them to speak out (earlier the better) if they have some doubts on certain aspects of the project. I like things to be spoken out among the team.”

Best Outcomes What makes a designer happy when a project ends?
Beverly “Working with a great contractor like RCH, producing an amazing custom build or remodel, and working with the nicest clients with great taste is the perfect project!”
Beverly's portfolio

Gail "A smooth, successful project is dependent upon the team the client has hired and the tools the team engages. The best outcomes are reached, by finding the best team, which is the first and most important step. Expertise and project management capabilities in planning, services, organization, problem solving and communication from start to finish are key!"
Gail's portfolio

Gwen “​Design wise, the ideal outcome with a great project occurs, when form follows function! I get a great satisfaction when clients come to me several weeks or months later and say that their new spaces are beautiful and a perfect match to their lifestyle. And if during the conversations there is no "but" or "what if" it means that the all team did great!”
Gwen's portfolio
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