The Wonderful Gift of Space
Often homeowners think that using a design service means that they are going to be deluged with a million confusing design decisions, while living in a state of construction chaos for months. Last, but certainly not least, they assume it will probably cost them a fortune. And at the end of the process, they worry: What if all these new changes don’t fit my lifestyle??
At Design Services, Ltd. we understand these concerns and can address each of them. How do we do that? Let’s take a look at one of our clients in Chadds Ford. Here is what they shared with Rita Wilkins of Design Services.
“Thanks for making this our best Christmas because finally we were all able to be together and work together in our newly designed kitchen/breakfast room/family room.”
They have a comfortable, single family home in which they’ve raised five children for the past 20 years. Spending family time together was of paramount importance to this couple. During the holidays, everyone loved to cook, but gathering in the small kitchen, separate small dining room and adjacent family room had never fostered the “togetherness” that our clients wanted. Picture trying to cook a huge Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for family and friends in an 8 x 10 kitchen with outdated appliances, few cabinets and very little counter space. At the most, only 2 people could work in their kitchen; in fact, everything came to a halt when someone needed to get into the refrigerator for ice. There was a cramped table in the corner of the kitchen that was used for meals. Most of the year their dining room sat unused (according to the national average most people only use their dining rooms 4 times a year) because it just wasn’t warm and inviting. Having more than a few guests proved an exercise in creative seating plans throughout the rest of the first floor. But since their priorities were set on five college educations, they’d made the best of it for many years. But finally the time came to focus on updating their home. And no surprise, they wanted a solution for the kitchen, dining room, family room dilemma. A place where everyone could be together in the holiday hustle and bustle.
First: Design Services worked with them to identify their wish list and space needs. We believe that good space planning can have an impact on lives and lifestyles. Rita is especially adept at maxing out space to make sure that every inch counts.
Second: a plan was proposed to eliminate walls between the kitchen, dining room and family room and update the kitchen. Once the walls were gone, the space was now open to more interior possibilities. In addition, a door was installed from the newly opened dining room to a lovely private patio right outside. A real benefit in the warmer months!
Third: a working budget was established that fit our clients “comfort zone”. Because Design Services has relationships with a large selection of vendors, they were able to design a new kitchen using modestly priced cabinetry and incorporating new appliances that fit the space and allowed for more efficient work areas.
Fourth: A timeline for the project was identified, and Design Services took care of outsourcing the work to the appropriate contractors. We use only the highest quality craftsmen on our projects and have long standing relationships with the best in the area.
How long did this transformation take? From design phase to completion of the project, only 8 weeks! With project oversight by Design Services, our clients were finally able to enjoy holiday entertaining in their new space. Everyone was able to get into the act in the kitchen. When it came time to eat, family and friends were able to share the holiday table comfortably. Our clients were thrilled with their newly renovated home; “It was our best Christmas ever!”
Rita Wilkins is President of Design Services, Ltd., as well as principal designer and project manager. With over 38 years experience in design and management, her approach to design is both aesthetic and business-like. She is known to be a highly effective “hands-on” designer with extensive knowledge and expertise in residential, dental, medical, and commercial interiors.
She is a graduate of University of Rhode Island, attended Rhode Island School of Design and the University of North Carolina. Having received numerous design awards, she has been published in a variety of national publications.
From our clients:
“I cannot imagine having done this project without you! I had no idea how much was involved and having you and Design Services Ltd on our team was the best decision I made..the results are amazing!” ~ JM, CEO Newark, DE
“When we came to you with our project to downsize from our home to a condo, we were overwhelmed and did not know where to begin. From beginning to end, Design Services Ltd provided us with clearly defined ideas, budgets, and a schedule to implement our project. You took away all of the stress for us so we could enjoy the process. We are now enjoying our beautiful condo that you helped to create! ~ SJA, Wilmington, DE