Whole Builders applies the art and science of understanding people's behaviors and preferences to create beautiful and functional spaces.
At Whole Builders, there are many approaches to the interior design process that can vary per project and client.
We consider interior finish selection, fixture selection and spatial furniture layout an integral part of the design process on every project. Finish selection can include flooring, wall treatment, countertops and cabinetry. Fixture selection can include appliances, plumbing fixtures and lighting.
Clients have the option to involve themselves as much or as little as they prefer. Some of our clients make all of their own selections and review them with our design team, while others use our expertise as a resource throughout the process. We will always offer you our opinions, informed by years of experience, as this is an important part in making each project a success.
We specialize in sustainable building, and sharing our knowledge of environmental finishes for your project is part of that process. Green products are constantly evolving and we continue to educate ourselves and our clients on the latest options.
If you are interested in other services beyond finish selection, such as furniture selection and layout, color consultation, or window treatments, these options are also considered throughout the design process. We offer these services in conjunction with our design/build projects as well as independently as consultation by the hour.
What makes our interior design process green?
- Depending on the scope of your project, there are a range of materials you will need to select during design. These materials can include, flooring, countertops, cabinetry and wall treatment. We can share with you environmental options for each material such as cork or bamboo flooring, countertops made from paper, soybean material, or recycled glass and low-VOC paints.
- Indoor air quality is always a concern throughout your home, so choosing finishes that have a minimal amount of out-gassing is very important. We suggest using water-based finishes whenever possible, and recommend using natural oils to achieve color in wood cabinetry instead of a stain.
- When considering new cabinetry for a space, we explore recycled options for hardware, such as recycled glass or even re-using existing hardware from the home if it can achieve the right aesthetic.
- Another option we encourage is making use of the architectural salvage and antique stores in the Twin Cities area. They offer a wide range of items such as doors, stained glass windows, lighting, radiators, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, and furniture.
- A few things we consider when choosing any material are: Where does it come from? What is it made of? And how is it made? We try to use local materials whenever possible to avoid the shipping associated with items that come from long distances.
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