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:
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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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:
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.
This Stunning Sedalia Basement Finish checks off all of the boxes for a dream finished basement space!
- Media Center
- 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!
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!)
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.
When you partner with ElkStone to finish your basement, small details matter! Unfinished basement spaces contain necessary items that are integral in the guts of a smooth running home.
- Sump Pump
- Water Valves
- Electrical Panels
- Water Heaters
- Low Voltage Lighting
- Duct Work
- Heating and Air Conditioning Components
And this is just a general list of items you might want to hide when finishing your basement.
In this recently finished basement, we used several clever build-outs to hide areas that require the home owner to access them every once in a while.
The Sump Pump Cover:
Access Panels to the main water valves:
These homeowners were methodical on utilizing each space to the best of it’s ability. Working thru a list of “must haves” our ElkStone Estimator was able to include many great storage solutions into the final design of the finished basement space. Everything from the shelves to house scrapbooks in the family room, to shelf space carved out in the bathroom for all of those extra towels & a laundry hamper, each space was maximized. Even the unfinished storage room has realized its full potential.
Our homeowners are thrilled with the outcome of their basement finish:
Our family (which includes two teenagers) wanted a little more elbow room in our home. We looked into moving, but decided that finishing our basement was the best option. We have lived in our home for 10 years and our basement was overflowing with “stuff”. We decided to get an estimate from ElkStone after hearing great reviews and seeing some of their finished work firsthand. ElkStone designer Glenn Morgan came by on September 21 for the initial visit and we had a completed basement by December 19! We spent some long hours in the month of October getting the basement emptied, but the reward has been worth it. The design process with Glenn was very smooth. He was always so calm even when I was anxious and doubting. And he was always right! Every piece fell into place just as he said. Steve Brogan, ElkStone’s Project Manager, was very professional and patient. I had lots of questions and wanted to be involved along the way. He was accommodating and I very much appreciated his time. He went above and beyond to give us exactly what we wanted in our finished basement. The 6 week timeline worked out perfectly. We celebrated Christmas with 13 family members from out of town in our newly finished basement. We are so very proud of our new space. Thank you ElkStone, especially Glenn and Steve!
If you have a list of must haves and aren’t sure how to realize the potential of your space, give ElkStone a call today!
When the Mayo Family was ready to finish their 1400 square foot of basement, they called ElkStone. These are the items that made the Must Have List:
- Wet Bar to Entertain
- Spacious Movie Room for the whole family
- A Fitness Room (used when absolutely necessary….I mean, we have the best gym outside our homes!)
- Extra Bedroom to double as a music room (no brainer when your kid plays drums every. single. day 😖)
- Full Bath
We wanted to give a huge shout out to ElkStone Basement Finishing! And how long did it take to finish a 1400 sf basement you ask?! Only 6 weeks!!! When they said their basements are completed in 5-6 weeks it sounded too good to be true, but they delivered! They have a solid staff and their contractors are trustworthy. We even went out of town for an entire week and our project manager came over every day to make sure the contractors were there and always locked up when they left. It was the smoothest and most stress-free basement finishing experience ever. Thank you so much ElkStone!
Our Thanks to the Mayo Family for allowing us to share their wonderful photos. Welcome to the ElkStone Family! We hope that you create many memories in your finished basement space!
Happy New Year 2017! Here are some fun facts from our 2016:
Part of ElkStone’s Core Beliefs and Values read:
Take care of our customers so they can always refer us. Stay Genuine, sincere, and remain humble.
It was one week from the final walk of a Castle Rock basement we were finishing, when the homeowner ended up having a life saving surgery that left him in a wheel chair. Without hesitation, the project manager on the project, jumped in and started formulating a plan to help this family in the best way the ElkStone family knows how. Build for them.
We worked with ElkStone on our basement during the summer of 2016. Joe, Justin, Randy, and the ElkStone family did a tremendous job on our basement. We couldn’t be happier with the construction process, timeframe, and results.
At the end of Summer 2016, I had spinal surgery to remove several ependymoma tumors that were growing in my spinal cord. The tumor removal is a very difficult surgery, and unfortunately left me paralyzed from the chest down, needing a wheelchair to get around. Lisa told Justin what had happened, and without pause, ElkStone volunteered to help. He was going to have ElkStone build us a wheelchair ramp for our house, all on a volunteer basis!
Within the next week, the ElkStone crew was at our house, building the ramp. Because of ElkStone’s generosity, I am now able to get in and out of our house on my own – giving me freedom I didn’t have before. We are truly blessed to have our relationship with ElkStone. ElkStone is a company that truly cares about both their customers and the quality of their work. We feel like we are part of one big family!
Bob and Lisa Delaney
As we say goodbye to 2016 and Hello to 2017 we are blessed to work with each and every one of our clients. Each project gives us an opportunity for learning and growth! Thank you to all of our past, present and future ElkStone Clients!
Will you finish a basement with simple finishes?
Often times, we are asked this question. As potential clients look thru our gallery of finished spaces, they see beautiful tile work, fireplaces to drool over, pendant lights that adorn wet bars and theaters that could pass as Hollywood Screening Rooms. While we are proud of these finished spaces, we are equally as excited to finish a simple basement. It is our goal to give you a space that is:
- Creative, functional design that naturally flows from the upstairs to the basement
- A whole new extension of your home to create lasting memories with your loved ones
When this Aurora family was looking to add equity & space to their home, they turned to ElkStone. They wanted a space to gather, whether for conversation, the big game or simple family time. They wanted to keep the space simple as to maximize the flexible furniture arrangement. Our estimator/designer was able to utilize the footprint and create a basement this family was hoping for. With the finished square footage coming in at just over 1200 sq. ft. This Aurora Basement features these highlighted features:
- Open Floor Plan
- Wet Bar
- Media Area
- Game Area
- Lounge Area
- 2 Flex Areas
- Bedroom with a walk in closet
- Full Bathroom
- Window Seat
Take a look at this Aurora Basement and I think you’ll agree. Simple Basements are just perfect too!
What is a Construction Permit?
A Construction Permit (also know as Building Permit or simply Permit) required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding onto pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations, such as Basement Finishing. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance with national, regional, and local building codes. Failure to obtain a permit can result in fines, penalties, and demolition of unauthorized construction if it cannot be made to meet code.
Why do you need a Construction Permit?
- New buildings
- Additions(bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
- Residential work (decks, garages, fences, ﬁreplaces, pools, water heaters, etc.)
- Renovations (basement finishing, garage conversions, kitchen expansions, re-rooﬁng, etc.)
- Electrical systems
- Plumbing systems
- HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) systems
Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modiﬁcations without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied, or make costly repairs. A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met––as demonstrated by a code ofﬁcial’s carefully maintained records––has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit. Your permit also allows the code ofﬁcial to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. By following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners. *https://www.iccsafe.org/safety/Documents/BSW-Benefits-Permits.pdf
What is the purpose of Building Code:
The purpose of building codes are to provide minimum standards for safety, health, and general welfare including structural integrity, mechanical integrity (including sanitation, water supply, light, and ventilation), means of egress, fire prevention and control, and energy conservation.
Building codes have a long history. The earliest known written building code is included in the Code of Hammurabi, which dates from circa 1772 BC.
- 228. If a builder build a house for some one and complete it, he shall give him a fee of two shekels in money for each sar of surface.
- 229 If a builder build a house for some one, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built fall in and kill its owner, then that builder shall be put to death.
- 230. If it kill the son of the owner the son of that builder shall be put to death.
- 231. If it kill a slave of the owner, then he shall pay slave for slave to the owner of the house.
- 232. If it ruin goods, he shall make compensation for all that has been ruined, and inasmuch as he did not construct properly this house which he built and it fell, he shall re-erect the house from his own means.
- 233. If a builder build a house for some one, even though he has not yet completed it; if then the walls seem toppling, the builder must make the walls solid from his own means.
Top 5 reasons to Get a Permit
If an unpermitted basement is damaged by flood or fire, it may not be covered by your insurance-always check with your agent
#2. LIFE SAFETY
If Carbon Monoxide detectors are not placed in the correct locations or not installed at all. Electrical wiring is compromised or egress is not compliant or non-existent.
You may be liable if you sell your home and something goes wrong after the new homeowners movie in.
#4. HOME VALUE
An attractive and conforming basement space sells a lot easier. Some DIY or projects performed by fly-by-night contractors will actually depreciate your home.
#5. FINES & WORK STOPPAGE
If the building department catches work being done without a permit they will put a red notice on the front of your home to stop work and may fine you
ElkStone will always pull a permit for each job without exception!