By Jessica Herring
It can be difficult knowing where to start when you want to make changes to your home. But by using Devane Design, all of the unnecessary stress will be alleviated since a highly-experienced designer will help you every step of the way. This company will make your decorating process painless and will ensure that you are happy with the results.
Chantal Devane, owner and principal of Devane Design, started her own interior design and residential remodeling company in 2003. She received her certifications in 1999. Before she became an interior designer, she had a sales job in the home remodeling industry.
“I really enjoy the diversity that this field offers,” she said.
Devane specializes in remodeling bathrooms and kitchens but is learning more about the design industry in general. Since she owns her own company, she is focused on being business savvy while also being creative.
Devane has had several clients who suffered a major illness. Often they are dealing with cancer, she said. Since they are very ill, they need to change the structure of their home to achieve the maximum amount of comfort. Also, some people want to remodel their home in celebration of them overcoming their illness. Being able to help these people is a rewarding part of her job, she said.
She gets many calls from students who just graduated design school and are eagerly looking for a job.
“The reality is, that unless you have a natural talent and a good eye for design, all the education in the world is not going to make you a great designer,” she said.
Devane encourages any recent graduates or current students who are interested in the interior design field to work in several parts of the field, have a hands-on learning approach and to consistently ask questions so they can develop a good understanding of interior design.
Also, students should join a local industry chapter, such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) or the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) to make connections and learn about resources and continuing education classes. Devane said she continues to take classes and seminars almost 20 years later because the interior design field is always changing.
To design a kitchen or bathroom, you need to get to know your client, their lifestyle and their vision for the space. After you understand your client’s ideas, you should be very clear on the budget so there are no surprises once the remodel is complete. Also, it is very important to remember the home’s current value and characteristics, she said. For example, she encouraged people not to have a strong contemporary design inside a traditional home, and discourages having a $100,000 kitchen in a home that will most likely only sell for $250,000.
Most kitchen or bathroom remodeling projects, if they are complete remodels, take approximately four-six weeks to design and an additional 2-3 months to construct. It is a common misconception that a bathroom remodel would take less time than a kitchen remodel. However, they both have the same components and are very similar to remodel. Therefore, the bathroom remodeling projects work out to be about the same amount of time as kitchen remodeling projects.
“At this point in my career, I feel keeping up with all the new technology and constant product changes can be challenging, but it is a necessity,” Devane said.