I am so excited to start a new project. (Yes, there is work even in this economy.) Really nice folks and a funproject. We're going to be smart about our budget so as not to over-improve, but at the same time make their home comfortable. There's so much talk about return on investment with home buying, but a home after all is a home and you should live somewhere you are comfortable.
Unlike the rest of the country, many parts of the Boston area have not seen a dramatic drop in home prices, believe it or not. Many places are stable or down slightly.
In a nutshell, we'll be opening up some spaces, re-doing the office entirely -- good bye dark paneling-- and reworking the kitchen. A little carpet here, some new molding there, new dining room furniture, and in no time (OK in 8 mos or so) they should have a new and improved home.
Today I spent time working on the budget, talking to contractors, making some sketches, and getting organized. Saturday I am doing a walk through with one of my contractors and soon I should have the measuring scheduled so we can get everything in CAD. Then the real planning begins and design begins.
The clients told me that the most comfortable spaces to them are libraries. Immediately I see in my head the New York Public Library for some reason. At our next meeting, they are going to show me photos from magazines they like so we can continue to develop a shared vocabulary, because library can mean so many things.....I am so excited to transform their space and give it the look they are after. One of our challenges is to make the whole house flow....Oooh this is going to be fun.