Cristin Hinesley, Palace of Industry
"When I was preparing to open my business, I was faced with the daunting task of turning a grubby, raw warehouse
into a bar/cafe/retail space. There were a number of structural, plumbing, and lighting changes, and challenges with
each of these. Ellen was able to take my vague ideas and turn them into a set of working plans, making helpful suggestions along the way. Then she navigated the planning & permitting system for me at the City in a way that
I’m sure I could never have managed on my own.
The whole process went amazingly smoothly thanks to Ellen’s expertise and experience. She really held my hand
through each step of the process and was always available to answer questions. I know that I slept better at night
and opened my business a lot faster with Ellen on my team. I would not hesitate to use her services again."
Sara Gray, Mason Bathroom
“EMC Interior Design did a great job turning my small second bathroom that had awful fixtures and no storage into a beautiful bathroom that routinely gets compliments from visitors. While I knew what I didn't like, I struggled with what
to do about it. This is where Ellen made a huge difference. Ellen patiently and effectively helped me navigate the
sea of options–making numerous helpful suggestions and providing guidance that helped me to make decisions. When we found some concrete shower tile that I really liked, Ellen was able to develop design options for the new bathroom based on that tile, and I couldn't be happier with the result. In addition to all of the advice and hand holding, Ellen developed a set of working plans, ordered new fixtures, and helped me find a good general contractor for the work.
In short, she did a great job with the design and made what can be a difficult process work as smoothly as possible.
I look forward to another opportunity to work with Ellen, and I recommend her highly!
Ingrid Hoffman, Inspace Design
“Ellen is a forward thinking, organized, and extremely competent designer and project manager. She is highly knowledgeable and can effectively manage the many details of a design project. She is straight forward in her
approach and thorough in her work. I have worked with her a number of times in the past and would do so again
Amai Hart, Lost & Found
When we first contacted Ellen, we were in the midst of a design and permit nightmare. What we envisioned to be a simple renovation had turned into a much more daunting project. From the moment I contacted Ellen, the entire process became so much easier and stress free. It can be very difficult to navigate the waters of commercial permits and codes, and can quickly become overwhelming. With Ellen’s design and knowledge, our space was transformed into a functional and usable (and legal!) place to start our business. I cannot imagine what we would have done without her help.
Paige Coleman, Executive Director NE Coalition of Neighborhoods
“Thank you for your planning and interior design work. You created a floor plan and design that allowed an awkward workspace to meet and exceed our needs for our community organization offices, storage and meeting space.”
David Kohn, Tacoma House
"We really love the way the kitchen came out. It's hard to even imagine using our old beat up kitchen now that we have such a great space."
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