Monday, July 14, 2008

Design Star

Now we are down to five.
This week, Tracee took the team lead for this project, a kitchen makeover to be done in two and one half days. On the big screen, that is, our basement "home theater" aka the wall, the kitchen translated to a reasonably nice kitchen. But in the still shots, the kitchen shows the lack of attention to detail. If this were a house staged to sell, with a limited amount of budget and time to accomplish, it would sell the house. Yes there are limitations when there is no time to wait on special orders, but more could have been done. Given ample time and the right conditions, i.e., no contracting surprises, the double ovens could have been relocated, the pennisula removed and an island installed.
Oh, did I neglect to mention that you might need a serious contractor on site to relocate those ovens? Really, two and one half days, actually two days and two hours is barely time to do anything more than cosmetic. Seriously, the only way to redo that kitchen in two days with any serious design is to have had advance knowledge of your site and the ability to order items that would be waiting on the truck when you pulled up to start. But this isn't Trading Spaces, blush.
The wood floors were stunning, the paint selections beautiful. However, the backsplash was missing, the kitchen lighting was lackluster and the molding was still stained wood around the doors and perimeter. Tracee demonstrated her time management skills were insufficient to the task. She shopped for tile, found a beautiful instock green glass and tumbled marble combination and had ample time available to return the tile to the house to be installed. Instead, she shopped on for a total of seven hours. Trust me, leave your contractors for seven hours with no tile and you either pay for them to sit for seven hours or they will go to another job. Frankly, just thirty minutes of delay can make for some uncomfortable gaps in the clients job.
The kitchen had no unfinished elements, it was coherent in its colour scheme and attractive. But, it needed a little more, such as a backsplash, to complete the look.

1 comment:

David Dust said...

I was SO glad that Tracee went home last night!

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