West Seattle Remodel Using SketchUp

I decided to use SketchUp in Katie’s kitchen remodel. As you might recall, Katie asked for a moodboard for her living room, then her dishwasher leaked, revealing a whole huge mess, and she asked me to do her kitchen remodel. Here’s a sneak peek of Katie’s kitchen progress.

She’s tearing down the kitchen wall into her living room and putting in new flooring and redesigning the living room fireplace wall, as well. She was smart and decided to just fix all of the things that bug her at once! So the kitchen remodel has morphed into a living room remodel as well.

When I got all of the measurements of Katie’s kitchen and living room, I was able to draw out walls and then turn the room into a 3D layout using this software I am learning.

We were able to take out the wall on the right shown in this Before photo below.


Katie’s kitchen, we took out the wall to the right of little baby Joss

This photo below shows the same kitchen wall from the living room.


Here’s my drawing of her remodeled kitchen.


Katie’s kitchen drawn up in 3D

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Katie’s kitchen rendered

Below is what we started with in the living room. The fireplace was an awkward, curved blob taking up a lot of real estate. Katie and her contractor laid out a basic design for her new fireplace and storage needs. I put it into SketchUp for visualization.


Katie’s living room before

We made the wall a little wider but a lot thinner, then added a built-in bookshelf. So I put this into SketchUp for my homework assignment and here is how the design turned out.


Katie’s “After” living room 3D drawing

Then my software has a plugin where I can render my drawing to give it lighting, shading and photo-realistic edges on the furnishings.


Katie’s living room 3D rendering

This was my first practice at rendering scenes. There is a lot of fine-tuning needed still. For example, where the floor and wall meet in the living room scenes, there is light coming through. Also these drawings aren’t exactly what Katie is going with. I had to change furniture items and finishes to look good for the photo rendering process.




Before & After: Lash Be A Lady

Yay! My second client’s project is finished! You can read about my first client if you’re bored.

Nicole is the fabulous entrepreneur of Lash Be A Lady.

In June she asked for my help in giving her lady a little face lift. Her place is in this cute little old house off of California Avenue in West Seattle. She took over the kitchen, and the rest of the house is a massage studio.

She’s an amazing business woman and hit the ground running 2 years ago getting her solo business going. She didn’t have a lot of time to decorate; she was all go, go, go with clients. But early this summer, with business going so well over the last two years, she decided it was time to decorate a bit.

Nicole is one of those great clients who “hates to shop” and trusts my judgement. This made it so easy to work with her. She sent me a few design inspiration images, then I put together a moodboard for her.

This is the moodboard she chose.

Lash Be A Lady Moodboard

Moodboard for Lash Be A Lady Facelift

This is how her place looked before.


Lash Be A Lady Before Shot

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Lash Be A Lady Before Shot

The place just needed a little love!

It’s a tiny space so it just took a few days of painting, installing new shades and drapes, replacing worn-out plugs (yes, I can wire electric!), and new light fixtures.

And here’s her after!


After shot with teal cabinets and a new wood shade 


After shot of built-in shelves painted with teal accent

We added a new shade above the sink. Here’s the before and after. So much brighter!






After shot. New light fixtures, window treatments and paint job.

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She spent less than $1000 total!



Do you have a space that needs some sprucing up? I’m running an introductory special on moodboard design services which includes a shopping list, like the one above for Lash Be A Lady. It includes an in-person visit (if you’re in the Seattle area) or a Skype call walking through the room. Then we discuss design and I come up with a vision for you along with a shopping list. The pricing is on a sliding scale, depending upon which services you need.

Reach out to me if you’re interested! There’s a contact form on my About page in the top menu. or you can leave a comment and we can connect.