I hope you all have enjoyed this beautiful, snow filled day! It has been a while here in NC since we have seen some weather like this and I won't lie, I loved it today. Cold but I loved it. I finally made time to sit down and compile my first blog post on the home makeover I just completed.
It was in September that I was approached about doing a home renovation. It wasn't just any home renovation though. This home had to be completely rebuilt inside. I had never done any sort of project like this as a independent designer. When the investor, contractor and me all agreed to work together, I couldn't tell them how I really felt inside. I felt confident that I could do what they were asking but I was also intimidated and scared of failing. I had thoughts cross my mind, "what if I can't do this?" or "what if I don't know the answer to their questions?" I could not fail them. I was determined to learn the process and to seek wisdom from whomever and whenever I could, every step of the way.
As time went on, I remember a lot of the things I had done with my past experiences and positions that I held. Is design all the same? Is anyone really re-inventing the wheel? Tough question to answer but maybe we all draw inspiration from such few designers and just apply the underlying principles to our projects. I spent hours on the phone, head down in top residential magazines, pinterest and at the showroom trying to gather my thoughts and vision that I had for this house. I wanted this house to be perfect and represent me in a unique way.
Time progressed... and I learned. We all learned. This home has almost every custom feature selected and installed. New window mulligans, cabinets, countertops & sinks, lighting, original hardwood floors and much more. We ran into some bumps in the road with lead times and installations, which is expected. I worked quickly with the Contractor to get these quick fixes resolved. Though we were little past our estimated time to have the house complete, we all learned that this was in fact a HUGE project.
For all you designers out there that don't know where to start, let me encourage you with this:
JUST GO FOR IT!
There is so much to learn in our industry and I know it can be overwhelming at times but
let us remember to take one step at a time. Remember to always take notes and listen to what others around you are saying. Listening and absorbing information has been the most beneficial skill that I have learned. It has given me the product knowledge and confidence to be able to work with clients. When starting this project, I didn't get much time to "think" about things, I just went for it and learned along the way.
Failure is not a bad thing, it's how we learn.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
The home is officially on the market now. I'm so excited to have completed my first home! It is located in the heart of Raleigh (Drewry Hills) and is the perfect single family home.
- 3,200 SQ FT
- 4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms
- First floor Master suite
- Large walk-in closets
- Original hardwoods 1st floor
- Upgraded appliances and countertops
- Tile in all bathrooms & laundry
- Custom lighting fixtures
I would love to hear from you!
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