There are so many ways that our clients operate, but one thing is fairly common: The underestimating of the time it takes to complete a design.
Take, for instance, the remodel of a bathroom. It would be easy to assume that we can put together default selections for a bathroom, and we can. In fact, we have three themes from which we typically start when someone asks for us to do as much as possible. But with the volume of selections to make in even the simplest bathroom, the opportunity for personal expression inevitably becomes just too great to ignore. Our clients can not, and we think should not, resist the chance to change drawer pulls. Pretty quickly, they are choosing faucets and rain heads, medicine cabinets and shelving, countertops and backsplashes, and before you know it we're changing out the default choice for a Japanese soaking tub.
This cautionary tale is a warning that you might just have some fun with it. You should have fun with it. And you should give yourself the time to find things that you will really like, pair those things with something adventurous and exciting, or tranquil and crisp. Whatever you like, if you give yourself the time to design and iterate a few times, you will create a bathroom (or any room) all your own.
- Jon Leon Guerrero