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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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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 very pleased with the end results. They were a great resource for the different trades that were used through out the project and we will probably continue to use them in the future. We would recommend Sheri and Trip to anyone considering construction in the homeRead More

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 offered suggestions, stayed involved, followed up and responded to any and all questions and problems we encountered. Their recommendation for a general contractor was outstanding and added to a smooth and problem free remodel. We look forward to many more years in our 40 year old home and thank DESIGN FIRST KITCHEN AND BATH for the attention to detail and personal service they excel at offering.Read More

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 visualizing and I could not have created the wonderful workspace that Trip and Sherri have created for us. When Trip and Sherri asked us what we wanted in our space we had no idea so I started scouring books and creating bits and pieces with pictures and they were there to help us fit things together . They were there for any questions (and inspirations) we had and they guided what fit. They took us through the project in steps and prioritized the steps so we weren't overwhelmed with all the decisions. Trip and Sherri are wonderful to work with and always considered our input as important and our budget was a top concern throughout the whole process. Their visions, thoughts and inspirations have created the kitchen of my dreams. Trip and Sherri, thank you for never thinking our input was insignificant and for creating such a beautiful space. I would definitely hire again.Read More

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 some of the measurements were wrong on the 1st draft which if we didn't double check would have resulted in us ordering a lot of inventory that wouldn't fit. That was probably our fault because we asked Trip for a template/design on quick turnaround and never gave him the chance to come back to verify measurements. We really didn't know what we were doing and Trip was so patient with us changing our minds a lot. Thanks a million Trip!Read More

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 are wonderful, and the project was 100% on target with our goals and expectations.Read More

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 kitchen has made preparing, cooking and storage effortless. He came in exactly on budget. True professional- I'd use him again.Read More

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

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 that the storage space was maximized in this small kitchen. The cabinet color matches perfectly with my unit doors and trim. The skiers that rent my condo all love it and I do too! Everything was handled in a professional, timely manner with no problems.Read More

I contacted Design First Kitchen and Bath with respect to two remodel projects in Breckenridge, Colorado. Both units are short term rental units and we had a small window in which to complete the total renovations of all four full bathrooms. Mr. Butler (Trip) came to the projects. He made suggestions regarding Cabinets, their sizes, finishes, and even recommended a Marble counter top fabricator. The whole project was completed on time, on budget, and to my 100% satisfaction. I will definitely use Design First Kitchen and Bath and for future projects!Read More

Trip Butler, owner of Design First Kitchen and Bath, is a gifted design professional who efficiently carries a project from beginning to end. Trip worked on a kitchen remodel for me, updating an original 1980s mess to a beautiful and functional, simple and extremely workable space. His professional background in design, architecture and construction gives him the unique ability to understand the complete process, thereby avoiding most of the on-site installation headaches that often come with these types of projects. I can highly recommend Trip for both his professional expertise and his delightful personality!!Read More

I have worked with Trip Butler on several kitchen and bath projects over the years. Trip is very skilled and attentive to my design objectives when we work together to create inspirational cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms for my clients. These creations are classically beautiful and of solid design and function. Trip works diligently to help me in my efforts to create great lifestyle cabinetry design within time and cost budgets. He provides his expertise and advice based on his years of experience in the industry and I would highly recommend his services.Read More

I worked with Trip from Design First in remodeling 4 bathrooms in an existing home. Trip has great insight into options for homeowners to choose from. He also offers a wide range of design, detail, and finish ideas and is good-humored and easy to work with. Some rearranging of the existing layout was necessary in each of the rooms that were remodeled. Upon completion and according to Trip's design, the spaces were streamlined and well-utilized, making more sense for the homeowners' needs. With Trip's vision and expertise in his field, the bathrooms were transformed from everyday 'facelifts' into spaces one desires to live in. I would highly recommend using Trip as a design expert for kitchen and bath needs and will use him in my own home when the needs arise.Read More

When I bought my patio home I thought the very first thing to go would be the kitchen, however it turned out that the master bathroom was unlivable. The sliding door for the master shower was less than 2ft wide. I contacted Design First Kitchen and Bath to help me achieve this small but crucial job. With a radiant heated floor for warmth, ceramic tile and glass trim. The smoke glass shower enclosure adds to the privacy for this small but intimate master bathroom. Working with Trip Butler, the designer was a delight, it was completed in a timely and professional manner. I will be using Design First Kitchen and Bath for the Kitchen soon.Read More

I hired First Kitchen and Bath to update the four bathrooms in our house. For me, the most important aspects were: 1. Help in selecting a good quality cabinet company and help in selecting finishes. 2. Help in selecting a superior Contractor - This is vital to a quality, on - time project. I didn't know that conscientious, quality work and on - time contractors existed today. 3. Attention to detail - The owner was on hand to check that each cabinet ordered was delivered by the trucking company. The one missing item from the list of materials was shipped promptly and did not affect the project time line.Read More

It was goid working with Trip on this project. He was a good communicator and worked with us as both builder and designer to keep the project in budget and still looking terrific.Read More

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