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The Design First Team ~

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).

With more than 25 years in the construction field specializing in kitchen and bath design, our lead designer Trip Butler will scrutinize your project every step of the way. Sheri Butler will work with you to list and acquire "all things needed" for the remodel. This service will drastically reduce any number of surprises that could happen along the way. Working with Sheri to develop your interior design ideas is sure to make the project uniquely yours. Her specialty of selecting colors, patterns and textures will answer your question of tying all rooms together with style.

During your initial free consultation you will discuss your vision, needs and expectations, including what you love and/or hate about your existing kitchen. We like 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. We respect the desires and concerns of our customers by listening to their needs, not wasting their time and by always doing what we say we 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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Sheri and Trip Butler are good, experienced people. They work closely with you so that you get the kitchen (in our case) you really want. They have great ideas to consider. Sheri is a good project manager, lining up contractors, setting dates, and making sure everything comes together. Sheri is a great advocate in terms of vendors and suppliers. Finally, they are really easy to work with. They truly want things to work out the way you want it.

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