Heartwood Kitchen and Bath Design - Biography / Interview Transcript
Hello, I'm Robert Sadler. I'm the design director for Heartwood Kitchen and Bath Design. Our main priority at Heartwood is to make sure that the design of the kitchen or bath area, or the room that we're working with is designed with functionality first. We can make it pretty later, but that's really the gist of it. We want to make sure that that space works for the client involved. We will do can renovate small small bathrooms to entire houses. So if we need to strip the house out back to the frame and start fresh, we'll do that.
Our main focus is the design. From there, we offer many products from around the world to make sure we can accommodate the look and feel necessary for the home and for the client's taste. But our main focus really is about the design of the space in the first place. If that's done correctly, everything else falls into place where it should.
The first thing we like to do is meet with the client in their home. This gives us an opportunity to view the space get a better understanding of the house itself, because it's important to know what the house itself is going to look like at the end of the day. We want to make sure we understand the family that's living there, how they work, how they live, what the space is really, how the how the, more importantly, how the space is really going to get used.
We start with the floor plans, of course, often with a couple of options, depending on the situation; and once we have an approved floor plan, we go to elevations. And it's at this point when we know exactly what we're putting into the space that we can start addressing the budgetary requirements and so on. Without a design, it's pretty hard to figure out what needs to happen.
Design is Number One. But that's just the beginning, and from there, we have to start picking products, and looking down the road, mapping out the timelines, getting the contractor involved, figuring out where things are going to move to, plumbingwise, can it be moved. It's a big process in making sure the mechanical side of what we do is going to be viable with the design at the end of the day. So it's really important that we're contractor-involved at an early stage, and and the client as well. We need to know where everything is going to end up, and we need to pick those products and make sure they address the budget requirements, as well as the design requirements of the space.
For me, the whole process is it's always interesting, it's always fresh. It's about bringing new ideas to to the table, and seeing what happens, because kitchen design, each kitchen is as individual as the the the homeowner themselves, and it's great to see what what people will where people will go with the design when shown the way.