A Beautiful Ending

A Beautiful Ending

A Beautiful Ending, But A Challenging Journey:

Not since Jyn and Cassian stole the plans for the Death Star in “Rogue One” has a journey been more challenging. The challenges were so abundant that it felt like if it could go wrong it did. Everything from floor leveling, spilling of an entire can of wood stain, imperfections in the finish of quartz multiple times, and even a steam shower unit that had the proverbial hiccups.

As potential clients look through our gallery we show some of our best and most beautiful basements. While the images below show a stunning finished space the truth is that the journey to get there was filled with serious challenges and several delays.
ElkStone is not a perfect company and we can never guarantee a perfect construction experience. We strive to provide a great and seamless experience for all our customers, but construction can often be a bumpy ride. We can promise that we will work with every customer to the best of our ability and ensure that, in the end, the finished product is a beautiful space and of a high craftsmanship. ElkStone stands by all of our work even when things get tough.

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Designer Spotlight JULIE MAYO

Designer Spotlight JULIE MAYO

At ElkStone, we are very particular with the trades that we partner with.  We strive to partner with companies that share a similar attention to detail at every aspect of the job.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to another one of our Preferred ElkStone Designers. While our estimators do a great job of helping you keep the flow of your home, adding a designer into the process can up the level of that flow.  

INTRODUCING ELKSTONE PREFERRED DESIGNER:

JULIE MAYO

   

What kind of degree did you earn?        

I studied to be an occupational therapist, but my true passion has always been decorating. After I stopped working as an occupational therapist and my children went to school full-time, I decided to pursue being an interior decorator and became certified in design and decorating.

What is your signature style?  

Overall, I’d say my style is transitional, which is a mix of modern and traditional. I do gravitate towards mid-century modern pieces as the bones of a given space, and then I like to add layers of texture through the use of natural woods (such as baskets), and different textiles (like throw pillows and blankets). For depth and interest, I enjoy mixing woods and metals so the space doesn’t look too “match-y,” and throw in a couple sculptural objects. For warmth and to bring natural color to a space, I always inject some sort of greenery, whether a group of succulents, a tall floor tree, or a vase of colorful, floral stems.

 

Where do you find inspiration, and do you stay up to date with current trends?

I’m always on the lookout for new ideas, whether at the mall, researching the latest styles through magazines and social media, or watching HGTV. A couple of my favorite interior designers at the moment are Studio McGee and Erin Gates. I love the bright, clean aesthetics of Studio McGee’s designs, and admire Erin Gates’s elegant mixing of traditional and modern and patterns and prints, as well as her ingenious use of color.

What is your feeling on trendy design?

I realize trends come and go. The key is knowing which trends will stick and become classics!
Ultimately, my goal is to create a space that will please the client for years to come and accommodate their changing needs. For instance, open shelving in kitchens has become a popular trend in recent years, as it helps a room feel more airy while providing storage for everyday essentials. However, they have the potential to make a space look too busy and even unattractive, if there is an overabundance of items crowding the shelves or if one is not accustomed to styling open shelving. My job, then, would be to honor my client’s aesthetic desires while choosing pieces that are likely to remain stylish over time.

Why should one hire an interior decorator?

Hiring an interior decorator is a smart move for those who have invested a good bit of money in their home, and want to be able to showcase it at its best. I can help clients personalize their home décor by tackling decorating, furnishing, and spacing issues. My aim is help people create a beautiful space that will prove equally functional for their family’s lifestyle. A good decorator will accomplish this while remaining true to both the client’s personality and budget. As an added incentive, I can save my customers money on furnishings and decorative accessories with my designer’s discount. Depending on the scope of the project, you may be able to get some or all of the interior decorator’s services for free due to the money saved utilizing my discount!

How do you, as a decorator, help people identify and communicate their unique style to you?

 Thank goodness for Pinterest!  Whether clients are honed in on exactly what they want stylistically, or they have a difficult time figuring out or expressing their preferences, I ask them to browse through Pinterest and create an idea board by pinning pictures of rooms and furniture that appeal to them.  This allows me to see what they are drawn to, and helps them communicate their style to me, as a designer.  It will also be a source for inspiration for me when designing the space.

How does the design process flow?

The design process will vary depending on the type of service my client chooses.  For instance, the E-Design package is ideal for those who want assistance picking out furnishings, but are confident styling the room themselves with limited guidance once their selections arrive.  In addition to providing a layout of furniture placement, I will customize two different design boards, complete with suggested furniture and decorative accessories.  Another package I offer is the Hands-On package which is designed for those who want more hands-on decorating assistance.  In addition to services offered in the E-Design package, I can make trips to stores and the client’s home, at which time I will repurpose their existing furnishings and decorative accessories, and incorporate the new.  I will pull the room together with the finishing touches, making sure the space is arranged to suit my client.  

 

How much time does an average basement project take once the construction is finished?

Again, this will depend on the scope of the project and the type of service one chooses.  I have some clients who have no idea where to begin to re-decorate their home, and some who have an idea, but need help tying pieces together. Then there are some who simply lack the time to decorate their dream home.  Another determining factor is how quickly a client makes decisions.  Overall, though, most projects are completed within 4-8 weeks.

How do you manage the project budget?

The mission of my company is to blend high-end investment pieces with budget-friendly items to create an aesthetically pleasing space.  As a decorator, it is imperative that I know the overall budget for the project, because this will serve as my compass while searching for ideal furnishings.  If a client has their heart set on a high-end item, we may be able to find ways to save in other areas, in order to facilitate the purchase. 

 

What is your communication style?

I try to accommodate my client’s communication preferences, whether that be via phone, text, email, or face-to-face.  In order for the project to run smoothly and for the client to enjoy their new space as soon as possible, maintaining good communication is vital.  To achieve this, I always respond within 24 hours of receiving questions, and in return, I ask the client to get back to me in a timely manner with feedback.

How do you document and share your work?

I am in the midst of getting my website up and running.  In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram at hilodecorjulie and on Facebook at HiLo Decor.  Prospective clients can view some of my completed projects through these social media.

                 

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Designer Spot Light KATE JUNG

Designer Spot Light KATE JUNG

At ElkStone, we are very particular with the trades that we partner with.  We strive to partner with companies that share a similar attention to detail at every aspect of the job.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of our Preferred ElkStone Designers. While our estimators do a great job of helping you keep the flow of your home, adding a designer into the process can up the level of that flow.  

 

INTRODUCING ELKSTONE PREFERRED DESIGNER:

KATE JUNG

What Kind of Degree Did you Earn?

A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The University of North Texas

What is your Signature Style?

Mostly Transitional; which is a blend of modern and traditional forms. If there is a common thread among every room I create it is, at least one antique, a special art piece, a plant to add warmth and a look of being curated with time. 

HGTV defines Transitional style: a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles.

How do you help me discover and communicate my style to you?

Asking good questions helps but I’ve also found the best way to “visually communicate” a style preference is to ask my clients to spend time scanning their favorite magazines and online websites and saving looks that speak to them in some way.  I always tell my clients, likes are immediate, so usually if something makes you go hmmmm…it’s worth sharing.  When they share these tear-outs, pins, etc. I’m able to ask deeper questions to really pinpoint a design direction. 

 

Do you provide examples of work that are similar in style, scope & Budget to the

Home Owners Projects?

If a homeowner asks, I am always happy to share portfolio images from a past project and detail similarities, but truly, every project is unique and client specific.  No two projects are exactly alike so therefore while a budget may be very similar, the project typically unfolds in a very different way based on the Client’s personal style, tastes and involvement. 

How do you document and Share your work?

My free time is limited but when I have the time to do so, I enjoy sharing a recent project image and description on facebook.  My up-to-date portfolio sits on my website and is easily shared online with prospective clients. 

How do you manage the project budget?

I use google sheets which stores and shares information easily and in the 24/7 accessible cloud. My clients are always surprised with how this aspect of the projects seems so simple.  When I hear this, I feel I am doing my job well!  The design process should be simplified and fun for the client. 

How much time does an average basement project take once the construction is finished?

We usually come onto a project while it is still under construction to help make the important finish decision and often consult on the interior architecture at this point too. The average is under 2 months. 

Where do you find Inspiration?

I am inspired first and foremost through nature.  I find the blue-greens of the ocean mixed with the neutral tones of sand the most soothing color palette in a home.  When I travel I find fresh perspective too, especially in architecture.  

How do you stay up to date with current trends, technology and codes?

I keep a library of books on hand in my office with I can easily research in when needed.  New technology is something I’m always learning…it comes often times as I’m sourcing for, say, a plumbing fixture, I’ll learn about the new self-cleaning toilets on the market now and save the thought for the next client short on time to clean house!  And I like to keep current on design trends such as color, pattern by watching fashion.  Interior trends typically follow fashion trends, but do tend to be around a bit longer, thank goodness. 😊

What is your communication style?

I use a lot of email.  But then there are the times when a face to face conversation is the only thing that will do.  I feel it’s the most productive as we can understand clearer and often communicate more effectively in person.  Emoticons only express so much.  

What does a successful project mean to you?

One that the client is proud of. If I hear they can’t wait to open the door to their new home or office each day as they walk back in, that brings me so much joy!  And since details are so very important, I like to hear how the Client discovers new things they didn’t see at first when the project is complete.  For example, how a mirror places just right reflects the sun into their room in the afternoon.  

What is your feeling on trendy design features?

Trends are fun but should be considered as a short-term investment, and thus I caution on using too many as they will date the project.  I encourage incorporating any trends in smaller ways, less costly ways such as through a pillow pattern or paint color.  I lean toward creating interiors that will not be dated in five years’ time, so I tend to use colors & classic patterns that have longevity.  

What does it look like to work with an ElkStone designer?

Fun, Of Course! As I mentioned before, the design process can be overwhelming, but when you have the right team, it should seem simple and fun. The right team can take the dilemma of too many decisions to make and turn it around to effective solutions that are budget-minded and beautiful.  

How does the design process flow?

After an initial consultation at the job site, I create a Project Program to define the scope and get us on the same page for budget.  The design process is fairly creative from there with some research, a little more development then one or two very fun design presentations with the client, always face to face, if possible.  We may make a revision or three or some add-ons, but once the proposed design and any revisions are approved, ordered and wait time is over, the magic unfolds as we begin installing and the Client sees all the ideas come to life!  

We welcome you to check out more of Kate’s portfolio at Noble Design Group or Facebook and if this is a service you are interested in incorporating into your basement finish space, please let your estimator know at your complimentary consultation. 

Stunning Sedalia Basement

Stunning Sedalia Basement

This Stunning Sedalia Basement Finish checks off all of the boxes for a dream finished basement space!

  • Media Center
  • Gym
  • Fully Loaded Wet Bar
  • Wine Area
  • Spa Quality Bathroom
  • Bedroom with Private Retreat
  • Finished Storage/WorkShop Area
  • Custom Barn Doors
  • Stone Accent Walls through out

What a gorgeous value add these homeowners gave their home in this Stunning Sedalia Basement Finish!  

Are you looking to upsize your home?  Do you need more square footage or an extra bedroom? Or perhaps you would like to increase the equity in your home?  Save the hassle of moving & Give us a call today for a free no obligation quote! 

Thornton Basement Finish

Thornton Basement Finish

When ElkStone Finished this Thornton Basement, not only did it increase the value of this home, but it added much needed space this family will be able to use for many years to come.  The attention to detail and the contrast between the woods and stone make this a stand out finish for our ElkStone Team.  Here are some of the not to miss features:

OPERABLE BOOK SHELF

WALK IN WINE STORAGE

FEATURE TV WALL

BUILT IN BEER KEG SPIGOTS

(and chalkboard to label what is on tap!)

WET BAR

Check out the Gallery Below to see the rest of this outstanding basement.

If you have an unfinished basement space, ElkStone’s team of Designer | Estimators can make your dreams into reality.  Give us a call today to set up a free estimate.