A new kitchen is one of the most expensive renovation projects a homeowner will undertake. Susan believes that if you are going to that expense, you should have everything just where you want it. “In design meetings, I ask my clients the questions that will give me all of the important details for designing a great cooking space.This includes not only the list of appliances and construction details, but also specifics such as my client’s preferred location for things like spices and cooking utensils. I make sure there is adequate work space and that the trash bins are nearby. I will even do an inventory with my client to assure that the type and size of cabinets will suit for items to be stored”.
While function is very important, Susan is also passionate about the finished look, “I like colour and detail and unique features. My clients are looking for something special in their new kitchen and I try to create that, while staying within my brief. And I always design for my client! I have worked with lots of people whose personal taste was different from mine, so I try to guide them towards what will work with what they like. I don’t believe that there is always only one answer or one better way”.
“Susan helped me pick out many different types of materials for my kitchen remodel and most importantly, ‘held’ my hand and gave me confidence when builders and installers encountered problems that I found confusing and overwhelming. Susan also encouraged me to add some personal ideas where I was unsure of the mix and it’s turned out beautifully!”
-Lisa Elizabeth, Auckland
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