Designer Profiles: Julie and Bettine

Julie Chapman: Designer Profile

Describe your role at Lischkoff Build | Design.
Senior Interior Designer

How would you describe your design style?
Modern Coastal

How do you balance function with aesthetic?
Form always follows function

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The finishing stage. This is when you see all the pieces finally coming together.

How do you work with a client to define their needs?
I like to ask a lot of questions and get to know a client’s lifestyle, needs and functional requirements. Getting to know your client is vital to the design process.

Bettine Roynon: Designer Profile

Describe your role at Lischkoff Build | Design.
Collaborating with our amazing clients to turn their dream into a reality.

What is your favourite thing about being a designer? / Why did you become a designer?
I have never known how to be anything else.

How would you describe your design style?
Modern hippie

Describe your favourite project. Why was it your favourite?
The client was an architect and it was so fun to bounce ideas around – she did beautiful hand drawings which I will always admire. She’s also an artist and I have one of her paintings on my wall now!

Where do you find your inspiration?
In nature

How do you balance function with aesthetic?
Great design is the perfect marriage of both these things.

What is the most challenging project you’ve had to work on?
A multi-generational house all on one level, wheelchair friendly and on a budget. I love a challenge!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A client teared up (with delight!) when I showed her a 3d fly through of how we wanted to connect a modern addition to her childhood family cottage. We are literally building peoples dreams and the gravity of that is always at the front of my mind.

How do you make sure a project stays on budget?
Total transparency of cost. I always want the client to be in the drivers seat by providing all the information and letting them choose where we go over and where its ok to cut back.

What’s the first step in getting started on a home design?
Meeting the clients and seeing the landscape

How do you work with a client to define their needs?
Most clients come to us with their list of “must haves” and “would likes”. But if not I just chat with them to establish what they are.

What area is your favourite to work in/design for? And why? (i.e. Muskoka, Collingwood, Kawartha Lakes, GTA, etc).
I love canoeing in the Kawarthas and I dream of having my own slice of waterfront somewhere adjacent to Kawartha Highland Provincial Park… but I would love to design something off-grid on an island in Georgian Bay – the clear water, flat rocks and windswept trees are really inspirational, and building on an island would bring with it so many challenges! (Careful what you wish for, right?)