A Completed Project
Note: This is the second in a series. See the first article here.
The Parkman project is now complete and occupied by a lovely tenant. We started construction in Feb 2020 and it took 16 months to receive the Certificate of Occupancy. The supply chain issues hit us hard and we experienced lumber delays that really set us back, but we took it on the chin and kept pushing.
When it comes to design, I am always striving to find what inspires me. What are “timeless” designs? Why are these emotions provoked by certain architectural elements, colors and finishes?
It can be challenging to navigate the trends in the market, but ultimately, I have to trust my instincts and listen to what I truly love. While I may sometimes second-guess my choices, I know that as long as I am true to my style and design preferences, the end result will be something that I will still love and appreciate in the years to come. In the case of the Parkman project, I went with my gut and chose finishes that I was drawn to, such as solid wood doors, maple cabinets, marble countertops and unlacquered brass fixtures. It was so important for the unit to have lots of natural light, quality materials and a smart layout, all of which contribute to the overall aesthetic and functionality of the unit.
The end result is a space that not only meets the needs of modern living, but, I believe, will also stand the test of time.
Among my clients, there are, and have been many who are open to a fixer, or even new construction, and I love being able to come from a place of experience when I offer them advice, or share resources. I’ve come away with a process that has been helpful in moving through the creative journey, which I like to share. Here’s a few tips for aspiring new owners that are thinking about attempting a project:
Research and hire experienced professionals: It goes with saying, but hire experienced contractors, designers, and architects who have a track record of success in completing projects like the one you’re envisioning. Ask for references and check their portfolios to make sure you’re confident in their ability to deliver the results you’re looking for.
Expectations need to be constantly managed: Special homes don’t happen overnight. The homes you see plastered all over the internet and on the cover of magazines came to be because a tremendous amount of time and effort went into that project. Some of these projects took years to complete and a team of people were involved in every decision. You need to know your capacity and if you don’t have the time or resources to recreate a home you found on Pinterest that doesn’t mean that your house won’t be special. Be patient and allow yourself to be inspired and then bring that inspiration to your home. That is what will make it special.
Develop a clear vision: Before starting the construction and design process, take some time to really think about what you want the end result to look like. Make a list of the must-haves, the nice-to-haves, and the deal-breakers. This will help you communicate your vision to the professionals you hire, and ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Set a realistic budget: Construction and design projects can quickly get out of hand, especially if you don’t set a realistic budget from the beginning. Be honest with yourself and your contractors about how much money you have to work with, and stick to it as much as possible.
Be flexible: Despite your best planning and preparation, things can and will go wrong during the construction and design process. Be prepared to be flexible and adapt to changes as they arise. The key is to stay focused on the end goal and not get discouraged by the setbacks.
Trust the process: The construction and design process can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to it. Trust that the professionals you’ve hired are there to help guide you and ensure that the end result is exactly what you want. Stay open-minded, ask questions, and enjoy the journey!
Embarking on a construction/design project, such as fixing up a property, can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with the right preparation, resources, and team, it can also be an incredibly rewarding one. By researching and hiring experienced professionals, developing a clear vision, setting a realistic budget, being flexible, and trusting the process, you can ensure that your end result is exactly what you want it to be. So, take a deep breath, stay focused on your goal, and enjoy the journey of bringing your vision to life.
As far as what’s next for Bailey Mannle Homes, only the future will tell, but I’m primarily focused on finding gems for my clients.