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To the Rescue: Design Emergency in LA Part 1. Goals-Time-Budget

March 16, 2012

Last week I spent 3-days in LA working on a new design project.

I had received an emergency call by a young couple, with an adorable 3-year old son and another on the way, asking for design help.

Two weeks prior they closed an escrow and got the keys to their first house. What an exciting time for them!
Now, for the emergency- they wanted to transform this old house to their family haven before the baby arrived, in a month’s time.
I completely understood their desire to prepare the home for their growing family, and I wanted to help them accomplish as much as possible on such a tight schedule. A challenge, but I was up to the task!

The 2,213 sq. foot house comes with a detached 2-car garage and has a quite practical layout with large living and family rooms. The dining room is adjacent to a well-sized kitchen. An enclosed corridor connects the day-active zone to the master suite and remaining 2 bedrooms. Overall, the house is located in a nice and quiet neighborhood in Sherman Oaks, has a lovely backyard with a swimming pool, and even solar panels on the roof!
The inside is what needed a bit of work; the house was built in 1950. The outdated bathrooms, old windows and finishes, exhausted flooring and lighting were screaming to be fixed.

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Over the few days that I was there, we worked hard together from mornings into the late evenings.  Before we even began meeting with contractors, we needed to figure out the scope of work to be done before the move-in and what could be left for another time. Our discussions and planning focused on their lifestyle and daily routines, on their preferences for the new home’s functionality and design style, and, of course, on the budget.
(…to be continued)

Designer’s Tip:
*Be realistic with your goals, time and budget for your renovation project, and always reserve a buffer!

Posted by Nina Sobinina

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4 Comments
  1. I still can’t believe how much work you have done in the few days you have spent with us. Thank you! Looking forward to the month ahead.

  2. I like it

  3. Anonymous permalink

    I’ve known Nina for many years and she is the hardest working lady with the highest goals and great accomplishments. Her designs are simple and affordable, stylish and sophisticated. Can’t wait to see her business growing! Go Nina, Go!!!!

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