Calling in an expert

One of Kay’s clients shares her experience working on building her dream home.

A few years back I found the perfect lot to build my dream house. Knowing exactly what I wanted, I managed the entire design process myself; from picking out the architect, ordering the floors, paint colors, kitchen cabinets, tiles, baseboards, etc. Kay Heizman lived in the neighborhood and one day suggested that she look at my blueprints and possibly make recommendations. I was completely confident everything was fine but, then I thought, “why not?”

Well, luckily for me, Kay saved me from myself. I knew what I wanted, but I was also a first-time home builder. My architect had done what he could based on my input and what the space allowed. Yet, there were a few areas where the flow could have been vastly improved. And, Kay found these areas and corrected them…thank goodness!

I often think back with gratitude that Kay suggested she look at my plans. And, I have told many people, who are confident as I once was that everything was thought out: Have Kay look at your plans for Space Planning. Even though as owners we so often know what we want, and architects now how to design to code, a good, experienced designer such as Kay can create flow, with just a little tweaking, that can provide years of ease and functionality to your home.

Michele Powell Opheim, Aptos, California