Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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didn't swing as far into a room as it originally did. Snow also designed the built-ins, fireplaces and all bathrooms, including specifying plumbing fixtures and lighting. "The wife on this project was laid back and wonderful to work with, but became a little concerned a few times, which is to be expected for someone who has never rebuilt a home. The entire process was a collabora- tion, which resulted in positive changes such as adding shelves under the stairs for grandchil- dren to use. Doors to the master bedroom were made wider to be wheelchair accessible. We also added a bench and a closet in the front hall, because I know about lake house living and how convenient it would be to have the extra amenities in that area," she recalls. Another critical change Snow initiated was repositioning the kitchen island to accommodate up to six people. "The clients were thrilled," she says. "The way I work is all about learning how the clients will be using a space and making sure it accom- modates the way they want to live. Another example is in the second bath; there was a 3- by 3-ft. shower. I know what it's like to live in a lake house, so I knew that people will use the shower a lot. It made sense to make the shower larger, which we did," Snow says. SATISFACTION'S THE GOAL Snow and DiPietro share the client-first philosophy to design. "We design for the client, not for ourselves," DiPietro says. "Our goal is always to get the best value for the client and to give them what they need or want. Sometimes needs and wants don't mesh, so it's our jobs to help them accomplish their goals the best way possible, explaining things such as which door style goes with which architectural style and helping them make informed decisions." To determine if a project is a success or not, DiPietro always looks to the homeowners for their reactions to the finished product. "I want to see what their expressions are. If they're not happy, I didn't do my job. In this case, they were thrilled with the house, so much so they threw a party just so people could enjoy their new space. I think this one turned out fabulously." QR 22 March 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com A cozy cottage-like ambiance, similar to that of the home that once stood here, was maintained in this new space. One of the only elements from the demolished home on this site is the round window above what is now the new kitchen. Photos: Bill Frantz Photography PROJECTS: Design Solutions ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Homeowners don't always want to share their thoughts after a major remodeling project, but this one did. To read an exclusive Q&A with the owner visit ForResidentialPros. com/11272099 QUR_20-23_DesignSol314.indd 22 3/3/14 1:48 PM

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