Mountain Retreat

An open and lighter living space was created by removing a wall, adding new windows and relocating the kitchen in this home. The kitchen was moved to where the former dining room had been located, to maximize space and views. Larger new windows offer more natural light and views of the large natural wooded lot. Custom cherry cabinets, beautiful granite countertops, new wood floors and handmade tile make this coastal mountain home feel warm and natural.

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Client Feedback

Kate is the third designer I've worked with and the third time is certainly the charm! I worked with Kate on a major kitchen/dining remodel.

First, Kate excels as a designer. I found her to be organized and detail-oriented and to listen to my ideas and desires while continually making suggestions in a non-pushy way. The most important suggestion she made was for us to take out a (non-load-bearing) wall and reverse our kitchen/dining layout. This resulted in a fabulous space, but I never felt like her vision was imposed on us, but rather she helped to make ours real.

Secondly, working with Kate you get some project management type help along with the design. Kate lined up a structural engineer to look at the wall we were taking out and to write a letter to go in with the drawings for the permit. She worked with our contractor and cabinet maker to ensure that the final result was true to our vision. I've done quite a few remodeling projects, including a previous major kitchen/dining remodel and this was just a wonderful bonus.

Finally (and what drew me to interview her initially), she uses a program that can render 3D from drawings. Further, she uses the program to print out drawings that are used to get the permit and used by the contractor. This was a much smoother process than our previous large remodel which involved an architect doing the drawings (and not really being worth it). -- Kathie Nichols