We're both a bit in awe today at the beauty of our house and it's not even quite finished yet. The kitchen and bathroom counter are stunning. We can't thank you enough for your expertise and patience throughout the reno. The decor might have been a bit scary had we done it on our own!
Ian and Jo
I've had the pleasure of working with Loretta on several projects. She makes the jobs run smoothly and is able to troubleshoot along the way.
She has great relationships with her clients, as well as the trades, because she communicates effectively, is very approachable and is able to provide creative and practical ideas.
She always has an action plan and a schedule, and she regularly keeps in touch with everyone involved to ensure the project is completed in a timely manner and within budget.
I always look forward to working with Loretta and can confidently recommend her to anyone.
Robert DiLorenzonLink Building Group, Ontario
You are such a clever designer whose talents truly transformed our space into the wonderful space it is now.
The kitchen, the bathrooms, the laundry room, the additional storage space, the fireplace etc. etc. It is truly a beautiful and functional space now.
... the transformation is remarkable. I have so appreciated your excellent design sense, your ability to problem solve and your attention to detail.
You have high standards for excellent workmanship and I am deeply grateful for all you have done.
Loretta became part of the family to the extent that we miss our frequent and creative interactions with her post-renovation – seriously!
This is a testament to Loretta’s very genuine relational and caring style, which made her a pleasure to deal with; but being nice isn’t the only thing that matters in a designer.
Loretta also took the time to “get us:” she understood our personality, lifestyle, and design preferences and always brought the exact right selections for us – it was truly a great partnership and made our renovation process stress free.
On top of that, and an area that we remain in awe with, was Loretta’s ability balance creative, client-centred design ideas with meticulous attention to detail.
As she was designing, Loretta could see all the pieces coming together and would very often speak to functional aspects (e.g., placement, size, etc.) that no one had thought of – her sense of spatial arrangement is outstanding and so is her eye for fine details that “add punch”. In fact, while we eliminated a wall in our kitchen (which stressed me as I thought it would result in less cupboard space), Loretta managed to create EVEN MORE space and made it EVEN MORE FUNCTIONAL. Furthermore, Loretta was extremely communicative (we were never left in the dark) and managed all details with respect to costs, specs, and ordering, in an extremely vigilant manner.
To us, Loretta is absolutely the complete package: we trust her completely and we’d work with her again in a heartbeat!!
Neil and David
Loretta Kukkonen, Plan by Design was absolutely instrumental in ensuring that our home renovation was a true pleasure.
She consults, designs, plans and manages projects with ease and absolute professionalism!
We had heard about Loretta from friends of ours that had hired her to complete their extensive home renovation and they were thrilled with her services.
We hired Loretta to help us plan and advise us on a complete main floor renovation of our home, including the kitchen.The experience was absolutely wonderful!
She is an amazing listener and takes into account the client’s wishes and preferences. If there is a way that it can work out, she’ll find a way.
We were able to see numerous samples and materials in our home for days at a time, in different lighting so that decisions were not rushed and the right choice could be made.
Her advice was always subtle. She would simply display all the possible choices together so that we could ultimately make the final decision.
We love everything about our new space and we know that it is all due to Loretta’s careful and thoughtful planning!
We know we couldn’t have done it without her and highly recommend her services!
JoAnne and Ed Maple
My husband and I have had the good fortune of working with Loretta on four design projects including our kitchen, master bedroom, master ensuite and family room. Loretta carefully considered our vision and budget for each project and offered professional and creative support every step of the way until each project was complete. Communication was ongoing via phone, email and several in person site visits. I look forward to working with Loretta again and would highly recommend her design talents and skills to others.
Leslie and Bob