Andrea has been in the business as long as she can remember. Her parents started a cabinetry company in Winnipeg and ran it for over 30 years, and Andrea spent her summers as a kid working in the shop with her dad while her mom designed kitchens. From those early years applying edge binding (hot iron, no steam!); to later building, finishing and installing kitchen cabinets; and finally her current design role, she has an innate understanding of every step. Even down to the studs, Andrea knows what she’s talking about. With a contractor for a grandfather and tons of experience renovating her own homes on a tight budget, she understands the benefits and complications of major renovations.
“I think my past experience really gives me a unique strength. Not only do I understand the design aspects, I also know exactly how each piece will fit together, how it will be installed, what the limitations are, and how I can adapt them to give you the kitchen you want,” she said. “Sometimes it’s tempting to create incredible-looking designs that just won’t work easily, not without a lot of changes. Catching those trouble spots during the design process prevents a lot of headaches later on.”
“Hiccups are part of the job”, she explained to me, “They often happen, but I regularly check in with our tradespeople to try to catch them before they happen and figure out solutions to keep the job moving along without missing a beat.”