WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO, & FAQ
KIMBALL MODERN creates custom designed, intentional, and modern spaces that connect with the surroundings and the people within. Kate enjoys celebrating the individuality of each client and interior through space planning, finishes and fixtures, and furniture selection. Whether it's new construction or a remodel, we'll guide you through the process and have some fun along the way! What's our favorite part of the process? Presenting the unexpected and watching our clients light up with excitement.
KIMBALL MODERN looks forward to collaborating with builders on remodels and architects on new construction. We work closely with the trades to develop the best way to implement the design. Clear and consistent communication is key to establishing realistic budgets and schedules.
KATE KIMBALL VAN SLUYTER
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT KATE
Kate's passion for art and design was evident at an early age. Growing up in California influenced her aesthetic and she looks to Case Study houses and Sea Ranch architecture as a source of inspiration. Her first bachelor degree from CU Boulder, in ceramics and photography, gave her an appreciation for the quality of natural materials which is expressed through her designs. Since graduating Summa Cum Laude with an interior design degree from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Kate has been perfecting her craft and couldn't be more excited about the future and evolution of KIMBALL MODERN.
What is included in full service interior design?
Full service design encompasses all aspects of a project from initial design to the completion of construction or furniture installation. The existing space is measured, photographed, and drafted in CAD. Layouts of spaces are designed, fixtures and finishes are selected, and construction documents are provided to the builder. The designer checks in on progress throughout construction and meets with various trades to ensure the details are coming together as planned. If furniture is part of the scope, the designer creates furniture plans, works with the client on selections, orders the furniture, tracks the progress, and coordinates the delivery and installation. If any issues arise during the construction or furnishings phase, your designer will work with the team to find a solution.
How much does an interior designer cost?
The cost of design services is based on the scope of the project, the complexity, and the pace. Kimball Modern talks in depth with potential clients to come up with an estimate for design services based on your unique project.
When should I hire a designer?
The sooner the better! If you are planning a large remodel or building a new home, it is best to assemble the full team at the beginning. When everyone is included in the initial planning phase, a unified vision is created and the project is more cohesive. This can help prevent future changes which typically lead to an increase in cost. Many designers have a full workload so make sure you are on their schedule so they can hit the ground running when the time comes!
In the case of furnishings, COVID has greatly affected our business. Manufacturers had to stop production and are still trying to catch up while only at half capacity. Lead times are long (up to 20 weeks) so be patient and plan ahead.
Why do I need an interior designer if I already have an architect?
Is your architect providing plans for permitting or will they be involved until the end of construction? Is finish and fixture selection included in the architect’s contract? Interior designers can start to think about the details while the architect is working on floor plans. How will you live in the space on a daily basis? Is there enough room for seating for large gatherings? How does the interior finish of the windows relate to the door hardware, plumbing, and lighting finishes? Is there wall space for your current art pieces? Architects and interior designers both provide specialized and valuable services. Kimball Modern is constantly educating ourselves on the latest products and what’s next for design.
How do I choose a designer?
There are many talented designers, but who is right for you? Do you like their portfolio? Are you comfortable with their process and how they charge? But most importantly, do you like their personality? Larger projects can last for years, so it is important that you and your team enjoy working together!
How long will my project take and how much will it cost?
Budget and schedule are determined by the scope of your project. Kimball Modern will work closely with you and the builder to arrive at a budget and schedule appropriate for the size and style of the project. If you have a specific budget and/or schedule, we can tailor the scope of the project to fit those parameters.
When can you start?
Kimball Modern’s schedule is always changing. Please allow 1-3 months from the time we talk to when we will be able to start the design process.