About Us
In an industry with cabinet showrooms on every corner and big boxes in between, Trip’s business model is a bit out of the ordinary. Design First is not a typical kitchen and bath outfit. We are extreme planners, over-thinkers, and predictors of the future (like, you are going to wish you had a trash pull-out over here).

During your initial free consultation with Trip you will discuss your vision, needs and expectations, including what you love and/or hate about your existing kitchen. He likes to begin with precise measurement of the area, all the magazine photos or internet images you have collected, and a general expectation of your budget. These are turned into a “stepping off point” of CAD drawings and 3D renderings. Design is a “process” that is most productive when the homeowner and the designer work together. Trip respects the desires and concerns of his customers by listening to their needs, not wasting their time and by always doing what he says he will do. Considering the amount of money and effort at stake, it is just impossible to do too much prior planning. The “unexpected” can wreak havoc on a well-considered budget.

Phase 1 ends when the customer has final CAD plans in hand, suitable for permitting, as required, quotes from remodeling contractors & sub-contractors, and estimating quantities of cabinetry, flooring, and countertops. Since Phase 1 operates on a design retainer model, these plans become the personal property of the customer to go forward with as they please. Our clients may be planning to pursue their own contractor or choosing to do-it-yourself. Or they can choose to move forward on their project with Design First (Phase 2).

As some of your neighbors already know, Design First is always accessible as a resource for advice or referrals. We still have our connections in Summit County, as well, and are pleased to help with your primary residence or second home.

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Testimonials
15 Reviews
Cristine Valenti
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Oct 2019

What started out as a small remodel expanded very quickly and Sheri and Trip hung in there with us. They were patience and listened to our ideas, carefully steering us in the right direction. We are...Read More

Cynthia Hope
Relationship: ClientProject Date: May 2018

Trip designed our kitchen remodel and we are thrilled with the results. During the planning stages, he re-worked and tweaked our design numerous times until we were satisfied. Both Sheri and Trip of...Read More

Sandy Buechler
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Nov 2017

We hired Design First Kitchen and Bath for a major kitchen remodel. The remodel included removal of a wall to combine a kitchen and dining room to create a spacious kitchen. I am not good at visualiz...Read More

Brad Hablutzel
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Dec 2016

Trip is customer centric! You won't find a more courteous wanting to help individual, and he helped us at a bargain of a price! I'm stretching to find anything I'd change but if I did I'd say that so...Read More

jen arthur
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2016

We used Design First Kitchen and Bath to update our basement - adding cabinets as part of an entertainment center. Trip was extremely helpful in the design as the space was a challenge. The cabinets...Read More

Christine Hample
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Feb 2015

I worked with Trip on the design of my custom kitchen and bathrooms, as well as laundry room and wet bar. His design was completely accurate and everything I had envisioned. The function of the kitc...Read More

mrsbbfire
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2015

We just finished remodeling out Master Bath with Trip. the process was seamless and the bath is beautiful. I would highly recommend Trip and plan to use him if I ever get to remodel my kitchen!!Read More

kstevenson13
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Oct 2013

The most beautiful Kitchen and Bath remodel with dark brown, knotty Alder cabinets - perfect for my Breckenridge mountain condo! The designer made sure that all of the cabinets would fit correctly and...Read More

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