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Permitting: Who is Responsible?

It’s time to remodel your home, and you’ve locked in your designer and your contractor. You’ve done your homework and provided them with everything you need. Now, who does the permitting and what does this look like?

Electrical and Plumbing permits are typically handled by the Electrician and the Plumber. Phew, that’s off your plate. Additional permits are technically the responsibility of… you. Woah, wait, what? It seems silly to put this in the hands of the owner, but in the end, the home and what happens to it is the liability of the owner. If permits aren’t pulled, the owner is the one held responsible. Let’s add some really good twists to this because after several of my go-to contractors let me know that they are washing their hands of the permit application process, I decided to do some research…

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Bamboo is Not Dead

Bamboo was a huge sustainable trend in the 90’s. It has a naturally modern look, is a rapidly renewable resource, and does not require masses of pesticides and labor to produce. This makes it kind of a no-brainer. The problme with huge trends is that they have huge collapses, regardless of how much sense they make. So, sometimes, we just need to look at bamboo in a different way.

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Needle Creek Bedroom

I met the owner of this gorgeous bedroom when he was looking at a house across the street from my own, and it was fate... if I believed in fate... for us to be the best of friends. It didn't take us long to discover that we had children the same ages, similar interests, and similarly goofy personalities with a deep-seeded joy for being completely inappropriate.

When he asked me for a color consultation for the home he ended up in (not across the street), I was more than happy to help! When it evolved into more design, I was ecstatic.

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"Can I Use Quartz on My Fireplace Surround?"

During the schematic design phase of each project, I develop preliminary selections. I then confer with the product rep and contractor to broaden my awareness of that particular product and verify that my application is suitable.

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Construction Administration: The Final Design Phase

What IS Construction Administration? I recently heard an architect friend compare it to the healthy food in a meal, but if we're to compare it to food, I see it more like a chef planning and carrying through a meal:

  1. First, she determines what kind of event the meal is for (programming).

  2. Next, she generates ideas for the meal (schematic).

  3. Then, she begins testing the meal- putting the ingredients together and tasting them (design development).

  4. Finally, she writes down the recipe (construction documents)

  5. Lastly, she prepares the meal... or in this case, we'll say the restaurant prepares the meal with her oversight (construction administration). 

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Before and After: Westside Farmhouse

This beautiful farmhouse was screaming for an update. The 1920's kitchen had never been touched and the family had only one restroom on their main level in a home that frequently houses guests. I was so proud that they chose me to bring this beautiful home up to date, while preserving its original charm!

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Interior Designers Fight Back

Imagine this. A website invites you to sign in to share pictures of your child with family. 

Years later, this company starts using your child's information to sign up for something you are morally opposed to... but the terms are airtight. They've covered all their bases, and all the families who signed up in a frenzy to join this super cool site are throwing in their towels out of frustration. What can you do? Just give up?

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Why White, Gray, and Bright is a Must in the PNW

Waldron Designs has been simply exploding! We have so much going on, particularly at the start of a new month, that we've decided to shift our monthly newsletter to go out mid-month instead of the start of each month, so that you can be prepared for all the excitement in advance.

 

First Friday

We hosted a fabulous First Friday for July with a great turnout and amazing artists. This is a wonderful event to attend if you are looking for that perfect piece for your home. I have to admit, I've found a few myself for my home! It's not too late to pop in and see the art currently in our space by Ken C. Judd and Michael Denslow. Ken's amazing sculptures and wall art are edgy, funky, and even a bit creepy sometimes, in the most wonderful way! Michael offers a unique approach to pottery and painting that I envision working in many types of spaces, but boy would I love to see his raw take in a super modern space!

Next month, we are thrilled to have Brian Fisher and Ilse Reimnitz featured in the space along with The Parlour Snakes as our musical entertainment! You won't want to miss this!!

 

PUBLISHED Design Firm!

That's right. Waldron Designs is soon to be featured in a coffee table book. Early ordering will be available soon, so if you'd like a copy, let us know and we can get one ordered for you. We have a 10-page spread in the book, featuring many of the projects seen on our website. Additional projects will be added to a digital version of the book which will be able to be embedded on our site. We will probably have a little book release soiree at our studio, and you will most definitely receive an invitation!

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Working with an interior designer: New Construction

It's a new year, how about starting it off with a brand new house? What an exciting and overwhelming endeavor. An architect and/or builder should be all that is needed, right? Sometimes, yes. But, it's a great idea to think about the interior spaces from the inside out as well as looking at the structural design and spacial volumes. Many architects are very talented and will consider all these angles, while others will focus more on the "model": How does light move through the space? What are the views? Does the space incorporate beautiful interior architecture as well as the shell? Often times, the actual arrangement of furnishings in the space, ergonomics, and lifestyle are forgotten. 

I don't want to say that an architect cannot design an amazing, functional, and personalized space, because everyone has different abilities and skill sets! But, sometimes it is not their interest or focus. In that instance, it is a good idea to bring in an interior designer.

floor plan review

We will review your floor plan

An interior designer looks at a floor plan from a different angle- we imagine it "dressed". We may make suggestions to the space plan to allow more functional living spaces. An analysis at this level before getting permits and giving the green flag on building is an essential part of home planning!

We will envision your space with finishes and fixtures

Sometimes the package deal isn't your style. And, when having a home built, why not have every last inch tailored to your style? If you don't like the tile in option A, B, or C... let's go select a D!

What does it cost?

There are many factors that come into play on a new construction project, and pricing varies depending on what needs to be done. Sometimes, a few finishes need to be substituted while other times a complete finish and fixture package, drawing set review, and complete furnishings are required. Typically the interior design fee for new construction is approximately 3-5% of the total build project, and with such a large investment, this small fee plays a major role in the completed project.