Creating Your Ideal Design Profile

Brown Residence, Week 2 When programming, developing and planning an extensive home renovation project, it’s important to gather as much of the client’s background information as possible, as it helps create a comprehensive design profile. Let me give you a brief overview of Liz and Mark’s history – where they began and where they are now – eight years later. Flash Back to 2001. What Worked.
  • Purchased the 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3500 sq. ft. home built in 1949.
  • Adored the site, location and property.
  • A beautiful expansive back yard for a young family, and perfect for entertaining.
  • Moved in as a family of three with another child on the way.
  • Immediately remodeled and added on an office, enlarged the kitchen, integrated the detached garage and landscaped the rear yard.
  • The large family room was open to outdoor living spaces.
  • Generously sized master bedroom and bath.
Fast Forward to 2009. What No Longer Works.
  • Growing family’s needs to accommodate a family of six. (A new child is expected in a few months).
  • The two young boys currently share a bedroom.
  • Short two bedrooms – one for the new baby – one for another child.
  • Three children share one small bathroom.
  • Unable to have family dinners in the kitchen.
  • Need a laundry room – currently appliances are recessed into a closet just off the kitchen.
  • Poor traffic flow from the foyer throughout the house.
  • Dark and dingy entrance/foyer.
  • Have outgrown the space, yet love their location.

Here’s a blueprint of the current floor plan.

before floor plan Sept 14_09

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc