Since this was such a major overhaul, I broke down each portion of it into a separate post. Each portion of the project is listed below, along with links to the full content. Enjoy!


PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE PROJECT

When I first met with Lisa and Katie, we discussed the basics—these same questions you should ask yourself because they apply to any design project:

  • What do you like about the existing space?
     
  • What do you not like—what are the pain points you’d like to address?
     
  • What are all the functions that will take place now and in the foreseeable future that your space needs to accommodate?
     
  • What is your budget range, and do you have any timing, legal or financial considerations (contracts or lease restrictions, needs of neighbors, upcoming events, etc.)?
     
  • What atmosphere do you want to set in the space and how can design elements like lighting, color, wall and floor treatments, furnishings, and style and texture contribute?
     
  • How would you change your space if budget weren’t an issue—what would your ideal scenario look like?

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PART 2: Planning & Budgeting

EVERYONE LOVES OPTIONS

When you’re still in the planning states—whether it’s someone else’s project and even when it’s your own—don’t focus on finding just one answer. Bringing forward a few good solutions and thinking them through in detail will help you feel satisfied that you’ve landed on the right one.

Here are some of the ideas I presented to Lisa and Katie:

  • Purchasing benches with cubbies and baskets for more storage and seating
  • Having built-in cabinets made that could also be used for display as well as extra seating
  • Circular shower rod with curtain to create an extra changing space
  • Moving receptionist desk forward in lobby to create better flow and better first impression
  • Built in desks to help create more and better work space and flow in the office
  • Rearranging existing cabinets and furniture to help with traffic flow in space

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Part 3 - what it takes to tackle big jobs

Here are some of the decisions we worked through before beginning the actual work phase:

  • Which floor plan option would be best
  • Which storage solutions made the most sense
  • Whether to buy freestanding furniture or pursue built-ins
  • Which flooring would meet their needs and their budget
  • Details regarding colors, styles and finishes
  • Which contractor to choose for the construction work

When we left the last dance studio design project blog, Katie had phoned me with a new concept in mind that would dramatically change the overall redesign: knocking down a wall. Originally we had assumed a structural change of this magnitude in their leased office space was beyond the project’s scope and budget, but when we took time to talk through its benefits, we knew we had to give this option serious consideration. Besides, I’ve always want to take a sledgehammer to a wall like we see on so many TV design shows, so secretly I was hoping this idea might work!

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Part 4: time to start knocking down walls

When we left the last dance studio design project blog, Katie had phoned me with a new concept in mind that would dramatically change the overall redesign: knocking down a wall. Originally we had assumed a structural change of this magnitude in their leased office space was beyond the project’s scope and budget, but when we took time to talk through its benefits, we knew we had to give this option serious consideration. Besides, I’ve always want to take a sledgehammer to a wall like we see on so many TV design shows, so secretly I was hoping this idea might work!

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Part 5: The Big Reveal

Overall, the studio makeover was a big success. The initial reaction by Lisa and Katie and their clients was “Wow!” Many parents and students have commented on how much more user friendly the space is, and how clean and organized it looks.

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