There are many types of designers, but not all of them are an appropriate choice for new construction or large scale remodels. Below are some of the services you can count on from Valiant Design, LLC.
So often oversights occur during this crucial stage in the project. Costly corrections or regrets later down the line can be avoided by taking a closer look at the desired outcome and doing some advanced planning now. During the planning phases, we will walk through the plan and scale out every space on paper to include the furniture and décor keeping the end goal in mind to achieve the function and purpose of each room.
While we may not like it, many of us at some point will require a wheelchair or mobility aid device that will require wider walkways, doors, less steps, sharp rotations and attention to finish material attributes. This can happen in old age due to frailty or in young age due to an accident or health related surgery or illness. These same components are taken into consideration for infants, toddlers, or individuals with developmental disabilities. With a few easy considerations, your home can be designed to accommodate these needs for all ages and abilities.
Curb Appeal is a layered process. It starts with the floor plan and footprint. Then varied heights, angles, textures, colors, lighting, hardscape, and green landscape are layered into the design. The result is a home that you and your guests fall in love with regardless of size or value. This process begins at the onset of the project and runs through until the final touches are completed and your keys are in hand. This is a service Valiant Design takes special pride in. Without thoughtful coordination, even the most expensive and large homes can fall flat.
Such a personal space cannot be prescribed for the masses. Much of the coordination within the kitchen is to ensure the function is on point for the user. When working with Valiant Design, all of the following points are considered:
Not all products are created equal, nor are they best for every project. With over 15 years’ experience designing and building custom homes, Valiant Design is not only well versed in material options, but can speak to application histories and issues that may arise in one product over another. Additionally, this vast knowledge of materials allows Valiant Design to pull from a plethora of sources for your material selection. A design that is too uniform feels sterile or dull. Your entire home should flow from one room to another while still having different moods, materials, functions, and colors. The right blend and variation from space to space will elevate the experience of you and your guests for years to come.
Color and texture need to be layered in a home as it moves and transitions from space to space. Selecting the right paint color ideally is done with the countertops, masonry, sofa, pillows, or bedding fabric in hand. Valiant Design has hundreds of fabrics on hand from custom upholstery lines and access to a world's worth more. During the course of your project, all physical material samples for each space are gathered and organized so you can easily see the flow of each finish, texture, and color to ensure it is coordinated beautifully and illustrates the mood intended for each room.
Valiant Design has traveled to High Point Market (the largest furnishings trade show in the world currently) as well as local shows with quick-ship availability in the western US to develop vendor relationships with furniture, art, and décor lines from all over the world. By developing personal relationships with our vendors we are able to pass the benefits of such connections onto you, our client. This means deep discounts on quality products and custom furniture lines (tens of thousands of dollars of savings on something like motorized theater seating for example). Additionally, if there is ever a product you just must have that is not in our current circle, we make every effort to use our connections to ensure you get the best deal. The designer world is your oyster.
When purchasing products for a new build, the ordering and tracking can be overwhelming, not to mention the inevitable need for returns or exchanges. Our support team, design software, and product logs are essential to making this process a seamless one. Each room of your home will have a digital room board containing of every finish material, light or plumbing fixture, appliance, furniture piece, and décor item curated for the space. A proposal will be created from this software with the click of a button so you can review, approve, and make online payments for all items. With another click, purchase orders are executed and sent to the manufacturers. All purchases are then added to our internal log where payments, estimated arrival dates, received dates, and check-up notes are documented. All shipments are delivered directly to Valiant's office/shop where we conduct quality control checks to ensure your items are in perfect condition. Larger items are shipped to our local receiver who delivers the items as needed to the project site.
White Glove Delivery of furnishings and décor is another valuable service provided by Valiant Design. Install and set up of everything from furnishings and décor to art and window coverings, each item will be placed in its intended spot. Gone are the days of storing art and picture frames in the guest room closet until a free weekend appears. Our clients can move into a picture-perfect home without lifting a finger.
As a former General Contractor and Project Manager with extensive background in design and construction, Stephenie Monson can provide assurance that the project is moving smoothly, stays within budget and is to the quality you expect and deserve. With ease and confidence, Stephenie knows who to talk to about each element of the project and contributes speedy solutions problems that undoubtedly occur. Owner Rep services provide comfort to you, the client, by taking the burden of project management away. Stephenie will often meet with the General Contractor or their assigned professionals and subcontractors to address pressing issues when you are unavailable to do so and report back to ensure your wishes are communicated and carried out.
Building a home is very likely one of the largest financial expenditures you will make in your lifetime. Likewise, the resulting home will affect you and your family’s daily life in ways not much else will for years to come. There will only be one chance to do it right.
"Having the right people on the bus and in the right seats is a key step before deciding where to take the bus." - Jim Collins, Good to Great
Valiant Design is a locally owned and operated by Stephenie Monson. As a retired builder/general contractor, she goes beyond what most designers can. Not only does she see the final layer of design, she understands the method and knows the importance of planning and communication with all related trades to achieve the desired result.
When asking Stephenie how she works with her clients, she relayed this story…
Just this week, I had casually mentioned to a client that I am ‘anal’ over the details. He laughed. Not just a small chuckle, rather a belly laugh that seemed to last forever. So, naturally, I asked why he was laughing so hard. His response, “Yes, I would say you are a little ‘anal’ about the details. I like that in some people, and you are one of them.”
You need some back story now, huh? See, this was a gentleman that was building his own home and hired me as a designer. We had just gone over the house plans that he had drawn up with another firm. During this process, I ‘walk’ through the plan in my mind. I am looking for flow issues, I am looking for corners where the trim may be cut short, I am looking for natural tile/carpet lines. I am looking for whether or not your nightstands will fit next to the bed. I am looking at what you will see when you walk into a room…is it functional? Is it balanced? Is it attractive?
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