Years in kitchen business: 10
Describe yourself professionally:
From Stay at Home Mom to Ambitious Designer…. The day I was told that I had to go back to work was a bit scary. I had a degree in the Music Industry and a toddler… what could I possibly do? Well, back in 2004 The Home Depot seemed like a good option. I jumped on board and learned as much as I could with the help of a company that does A LOT of training. I was able to absorb a world of design and after 7 years with the “big box” I moved onto a smaller company with bigger goals. The client is not much different but the approach has changed immensely. I am a hands on designer. I visit homes, I engage with kids and animals, I get to see what color your walls are, how you decorate your foyer, and most importantly, how you live! Having a designer who can be a part of your life is a big help when trying to design the most important space(s) in your home. I remember interviewing for Norfolk and the owner said to me… “Are you ready to be a real designer?” Well, sir, yes I am. I am continuing to grow and learn. The world of design is ever changing and you never know everything. A good relationship with your client, communication, trust, and a dream are all you need….ok, maybe a budget too.
Advice/tips for home owners when purchasing a kitchen.
Do not second guess yourself! You are the number one decision maker and you are going to be the one to enjoy your new space… not your neighbor/friend/coworker etc. Open up to your designer, ask questions, be engaged with the process. Also, when someone says “Can we add this on later?”…..this never happens…do it all now and be proud of your accomplishment.
What do you love about designing kitchens?
I love being able to make the homeowners vision come to life. There is a lot that goes into a kitchen or bathroom renovation. A lot of the time it’s getting the ideas out of someone’s head, onto paper, and then into the home. It’s amazing to see all the pieces come together after all of the hard work that goes into the renovations. Having a client who says I love how my kitchen/bath came out is so rewarding.
Horses with my daughter.
I loved working with Lindsey Raymondo at the Braintree MA location because she really listened to us and offered us her design knowledge. She was very realistic in her approach and would recommend everyone to work with her.
Mike & Shawn L.
Hi Lindsey, well, we are finally done with trips and would like to invite you by any time you would like to see the beautiful kitchen you designed. I’m truly in love with it, it is so easy to keep clean and I love my huge drawers in the island. You did such a great job that I wouldn’t change a thing! I sincerely can’t think of one thing I would change. So, if you would ever have a chance, we would love to see you and if you have time we’d like to have a toast over a nice glass of wine. Look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you.
We have had quite a few construction projects done on our old home and Norfolk Kitchen and Bath has by far been the best contracting/ home improvement company I’ve ever experienced…The person my husband and I are most grateful to at Norfolk is Lindsey, we really would have not gone forward without her…Lindsey was the first person we met in the Braintree showroom…She came to our home, also did measurements, helped us design our kitchen and coordinate the construction and supplies within our budget..She dealt with our back and forth, change orders, frequent phone calls and overall nervousness with respect and patience..Going forward with home construction is extremely stressful but Lindsey helped us through the whole process, and we truly appreciate her kindness and support..This is a great company with excellent professionals that I highly recommend if you are looking into having your kitchen or bathrooms remodeled!