Our home design projects

create a design for your space and lifestyle,

help you understand what your children need,

and how to support them

Together, we'll create a custom plan for your child's ages and needs, which includes:

  • Guidelines for choosing what to keep, what to store/rotate, and what to donate or trash.

  • Picture examples or demonstrations of how to lay out your space

  • Recommendations for tools and supplies.

  • How to facilitate use of the space with your child, including clean-up, setting limits, what “play” looks like, and how to support independence.

  • Age-appropriate expectations and practical advice for daily routines.

  • An estimate of hours for completing the project together.

  • Steps for getting started. 

I had thought that it was good for the kids to have lots of things to play with, but it turned out that it was too overwhelming. Things are now well-organized, and both kids have a much better idea of where to find the things they want to play with. And cleaning up is easier because there’s just not as much *stuff*.
— Rachel
 

How it Works

First, we talk on the phone so I can get to know your family's needs.

I'll ask you a few questions, and offer any resources I can.  Then, we'll choose a day and time for the first visit at your home.

On the first visit, we'll do a walk-through of your home to see what is working well, and determine any changes you'd like to make. 

We'll also talk about your children's needs at this age and I'll answer any questions you have. 

Then, I'll create a custom plan for preparing your ideal space for your family.  

I'll go over any recommended materials to get, how to lay them out, and general guidelines for organizing your space.  

Now you can take on the plan yourself, or schedule working visits to complete the project! 

Enjoy your new space and peace of mind! 

 

 

Showcase:

A Playroom for Tai, age 6 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't I just look up how to do this on the web? 

There are plenty of how-tos, checklists and prepared environment examples around the web, and no doubt you could spend hours researching what is best to include in a space for your child now.  Know that there are many, many companies trying to sell you their product as a necessity for parenting! Your child's needs will change over time, and you'll need to complete this research process all over again.  By working with me on your your project, you'll not only get a tailored plan for your family from a trusted professional, you'll see how to use the space now, and how to adapt it in the future, for just two hours of your time.  

What are the benefits of completing the project through working visits with you, instead of doing it ourselves? 

Often, finding the time to organize your space is the biggest hurdle!  Having a organizing partner who can provide a clear head and a fresh set of eyes can mean the difference between a 2 day project and a 2 month one.  I can provide that extra motivation and support to really go through and create a space that truly works. 

How many hours does an average space take?

The number of hours needed to complete a home project varies greatly from family to family. Factors include how much clutter needs to be sorted and organized, how fast you can make decisions, how much work you are willing to take on yourself, and the size of the rooms.

  • Kitchens: 8-16 hours
  • Playrooms: 8-16 hours
  • Child's bedroom/bathroom: 4-12 hours
  • New baby: 4-16 hours
  • Mobile baby/Toddler: 8-20 hours
  • 1 bedroom apartment: 4-20 hours

What should I expect to pay?  

Home projects are a full hands-on service that takes you from where you are to a beautiful prepared space for your children (and yourself!) I'll walk you through step by step, and take the time to help you sort, set-up, and shop for supplies. Most average sized rooms take between 8-12 hours for a total of $920 and around $250 in materials. Travel is billed at the federal mileage rate for distances more than 30 miles roundtrip.

Are their lower cost options? 

Yes! You can save 10% by purchasing a block of hours upfront at the time of your first visit. You can also choose to implement the plan yourself after the first visit and do all the work alone. If cost is truly an issue for you and your family, please let me know. I'll do what we can to work with you in your situation.   

OR... Check out our Ask an Expert services. I'll provide you advice and insight by phone or video chat. If you are looking for more general information, check out our booklets.

How do I prepare for a visit?

For a first visit, you should do nothing. No cleaning up or tidying! I've been in many family homes, and understand the realities of living with small children. I promise not to pass judgment on your home! Leaving everything as it normally is will better allow me to create a workable flow and practical design for your space.

Which areas do you serve? 

Home Projects are available worldwide through Skype or Google Hangouts!  If you'd like me to show up at your doorstep in person, I currently travel to families in the greater DC metro area including Baltimore, Frederick, NOVA, and DC.  This area will be changing in 2017, so make sure you join our community for updates!