Nuts & Bolts of Design

Welcome to our new blog series Nuts & Bolts. This series is geared toward our contractor clients and vendors but, of course, open to all who wish to learn how we work with our industry partners and what makes us an expert in our field.

Relationships First

Relationships are everything to us at Housewarming. We are, of course, in the interior design business but first and foremost, we are in the relationship business. We value the relationships we have with one another internally on our team, with our clients and certainly with our partners with whom we work regularly. Our general contractor and subcontractors are an integral part of who we are. We recognize that when we are brought in to assist with a client that we are like an extension of their company. We are representing our organization as well as the contractor’s organization. We do not take this lightly.

In an effort to continuously improve our internal team’s working relationships with one another, we recently all took a DISC Profile test and shared our results with each other. The purpose of this is so we can better understand how to communicate most effectively with one another. We learned which of us tend to be big picture thinkers and who tend to prefer to study the data and analyze situations before acting on it. It is so great to have a combination of both within our team. And it’s even more important for us to understand each other and know that certain communication styles may not always be right for all of our team members. We respect that about each other and are doing our best to honor it all times.

In a similar way, we take the time to get to know our business partners. We want to know how it’s best to communicate with them and their teams. Are regular weekly meetings the best way to stay in touch? Are email status reports a better solution? Whatever it is, we are happy to accommodate and adapt our systems to work with and within theirs.

With several of our contractor partners, we sit in on their weekly production meetings so we can address in real time the status of

the projects that we are actively engaged with. We are given access to some of their online project tracking tools so we can provide real time status and schedule updates.

The more we can stay in step and in communication with our partners, the better it is for each of us and in turn for our clients. We strive to communicate effectively and professionally with one another and with all of our clients, partners and vendors. We choose relationships first and take the time to get to know the people with whom we work.

If you’d like to learn more about how we at Housewarming work with our general contractor partners, please contact us or 206-719-1662. We’d love to get to know you better and/or meet you and learn about your organization and what’s important to you and your team. Our office is located in Georgetown next door to the Seattle Design Center. We’d love to host you for a visit but we’d also be happy to come to you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Cheers to nurturing our relationships and creating new ones in 2024.