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.