At KHD we love stories.  Happily, we get to live them with our clients every month! Here’s a renovation love story for the ages!

This sweet couple had been married for about a year when we first met them back in 2016. They asked for our help to transform their master suite into a cozy hotel-inspired retreat for two.

A few months ago, we were thrilled to be invited back to help them re-envision their main floor living area.  Like most later-in-life marriages, they had blended their furniture and the result was a bit chaotic. Delighted, we dove right into Design Discovery, the first stage of our design process, including documenting the existing space by taking measurements and lots of photos!

The beginning of the renovation love story (the before):

The renovation love story “get to know you” phase:

Then the fun really began with our in-depth interview of our homeowners. Because we already knew this couple well, we had a foundational understanding of how they lived in their home, but taking nothing for granted, we worked through our complete Client Lifestyle Questionnaire. (If you are thinking about renovating, call us and we will be happy to share it with you. It may trigger some great ideas for your own home!)

They shared with us their goals for the new space:

I love this collaborative part of our process (well, truthfully, I love every part). Because we always bring two designers out for this intake interview, we toss ideas around during our drive back to the studio and compare our impressions of the space and potential ways to optimize it. This is SO fun and often leads to some really cool solutions. Inspired, we began to pull together a fresh new concept for their living room and kitchen.

Then we developed a large selection of options for them to review at our design concept meeting and choose from, including:

We are always excited to share our ideas and refine them with our clients in this first presentation meeting. Design concept meetings are like Christmas morning: imagine having your dream space coming to life in front of your eyes! Having made their selections, our smiling clients departed and we began the work of developing our budget and work plan to finalize the related renovation costs to bring this whole thing to life.  Additionally, this is where we develop our timeline for the construction stage. After meeting with our clients to review the budget and timeline, we were off to the races! While our clients travelled the world (literally!), we were busy transforming their home.

The epic declaration of love (the after):

Once the construction was completed, it was time to deliver all the beautiful furniture pieces and place them carefully in their new home. This is the most fun day we have at KHD – revealing all our hard work to our clients. Voila! And what did our client say about their new space? “Our new fireplace has been working overtime keeping us cozy in this cold weather… just loving our new home!” At KHD, we love helping people fall in love with their homes.

Krista Hermanson Design is a Calgary Interior Designer that specializes in residential renovations. We have worked with many families in Calgary who have felt disconnected from a certain area of their home, and we listen just as hard when our clients talk about budgets and timelines as we do when they talk about their vision for the space. It’s this process that has enabled us to complete hundreds of renovations on budget and on schedule.

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