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August 22, 2019 - No Comments!

Design Consulting Case Study: Kitchen and Powder Room Refresh

Updated kitchen and breakfast area for a Design Consulting project in Omaha, NE.

There is a lot of confusion about what interior designers offer to projects and why you should hire them. What do we actually do?

I see why it's a little tricky for potential clients. Like a lot of creative services, each firm or agency might offer something different. Some designers might only do full-service, large-scale, new construction projects and would never take on something like a color consultation. Others might only focus on small projects, or "e-designs."

At the beginning of every project we discover all the design needs and wants of our clients, consider overall budget requirements, and examine the quality of existing elements in each space. Then we move forward developing a plan and decide the best service option for each potential client's needs.

We offer several different service options: Design + Build, Full-Service Interior Design + Project Management, Digital / Remote Design, and Interior Design Consulting.

Breakfast nook with new overhead light, freshly painted walls, and custom roman shades.

Let's chat about how these options work. First up, Interior Design Consulting.

We recently worked on a kitchen and powder room revamp. Our clients purchased the home from one of their parents. It's a beautiful old home in a fantastic neighborhood in Omaha. They didn't need a complete overhaul of their space since all the cabinets and large elements were still in really good shape (we try to reuse if possible) and they weren't really in the market for a large budget renovation. But they still wanted to freshen things up and make the areas feel more like their immediate family.

Our clients also needed a little help coordinating contractor installation schedules, and ideas on how to maximize their budget in a way that made the most sense with their goals for the space. For example; they really didn't like how low the ceilings were in their kitchen. We suggested getting rid of an outdated lighting system, smoothing out the ceiling and installing less conspicuous recessed can lights, and brightening the wall color to a clean, crisp white to make the space feel more cohesive. And therefore bigger, and taller.

This project involved several design concepts from Birdhouse. But a huge portion of it was focused on random project management and coordination bits. We have the ability to speak the same language as vendors, delivery companies, and contractors. Plus we understand how to put the puzzle together - where the pieces go and what order they should get installed.

A little more info...

Powder room update with new wallpaper, lighting, hardware, and window treatments.

Who is this service for? 

Clients who need interior design “coaching” on misc. concepts throughout a new construction build or remodel when Birdhouse has not been hired as the Design + Build firm.

How does it work? 

  • Discovery process to review client aesthetic, lifestyle, and understand overall goals for project
  • Help with design concepts 
  • Finish + materials selections
  • Communication with contractors / builders when the idea of managing so many design decisions sounds overwhelming  




What does it typically cost? 

  • Minimum of 15 hours block at $150/hr
  • We develop a plan with blocks of hours so you know what role Birdhouse will play and where
  • Clients can add on hours if the scope of work increases
  • Hours are tracked and communicated to client





Before photos: kitchen with outdated lighting system, powder bathroom, and breakfast nook.

Check back as we'll share case studies for our service options over the next few weeks. After photos by Dana Damewood Photography.


July 1, 2019 - No Comments!

Working with Birdhouse: Construction and Installation

After of Birdhouse Design Studio's Downtown Omaha showroom. We partnered with Marten Construction for design + build services.

Before, similar view of suite 110 at Hotel Flatiron before design by Birdhouse and construction from Marten Construction.

This article is four of four in our “Working With Birdhouse” series. Catch up on the first three posts here: Discovery + Creative, Budgeting + Procurement, and Project Coordination.

Now all the pieces are put into place and positioned according to the approved design plans. We finalize timeline, budget, design plans, and chat about scheduling work hours. For Birdhouse Design + Build projects (projects that require construction), we have a site meeting with everyone on the project team from Birdhouse and our construction partner, Marten Construction, a licensed grade B general contractor. Once construction begins, we have weekly on-site process meetings. Any questions or issues are addressed promptly so we keep the process rolling along.

For projects outside of Omaha we switch our weekly on-site meeting to video, phone, or basecamp updates.

Since finding a quality contractor is time consuming and a little overwhelming, we've already vetted our construction partner so we can provide services from beginning through completion on any project. We can't emphasize enough how important it is to work with a qualified, licensed contractor who includes transparent pricing, is our co-captain on project management, and is respectful to both our client's and their homes. After working with Marten Construction on numerous residential and commercial projects, we've developed a system that allows Birdhouse to act as the design liaison and collaborate with a construction team with twenty years experience to bring your project to life in the most efficient (and quality) way possible.

Once construction is complete, (or if you didn’t need it at all) we move to furniture and decor installation. We really go back to that Discovery phase here and analyze what you want to do in this space. Is having a cozy reading nook important? How about structure for conversations around the fireplace? We make sure your space flows and operates how you envisioned living in it. 

Styled bookshelves and living room installation from a recent project in Omaha, NE.

Process photo from styling and installation day for a recent design project in Omaha, NE.

And, finally onto styling the space. This is the phase that softens up the new finishes and layers in your personality. We hang art, bring in greenery and accessories, and even help with organization. It's the finishing touches that elevate a space from pretty to special and personalized. 

We wrap everything up with a final punch list of any outstanding items. After the list is complete, we leave our happy clients in their amazing new space!

Interested in hiring Birdhouse Design Studio for your next interior design or remodeling project? Let's get an initial consultation set up for you!



June 17, 2019 - No Comments!

Working with Birdhouse: Project Coordination

This article is three of four in our “Working With Birdhouse” series. Catch up on the first two posts here: Discovery + Creative and Budgeting + Procurement.

Project Coordination is where things get moving and shaking. There are countless to-dos during every phase of a project and believe us when we say that managing them is not for everyone. Good news is, this is where we really shine!

Example of communication with a client in Madison, WI.

Phone calls to shipping companies, coordinating contractors, and projecting schedules are time-consuming, so we we do all of the heavy lifting. The last thing we want is for one of our clients to get stuck on hold with a receiving warehouse in Kansas City for 40 minutes trying to figure out why their dining room table isn't at the project site yet.

Example of a shared project schedule.

We use multiple project management and invoicing programs that help us stay organized and provide the necessary communication to clients, vendors, and all other members of the project team. These online tools are especially useful for working with clients outside the Omaha metro area.

Think of us as your project advocate in this stage. Things happen: weather, missing parts, and vendor snafus (somehow there’s always something). But instead of having to get yet another email from a furniture vendor that Black Friday is pushing back your delivery— - we handle it. We’re skilled in the art of “how are we going to get this to work,” and have multiple partnerships with vendors across the U.S. to make sure your project goes off without a hitch.

Stay tuned to learn about the next step in our process: Construction + Installation.