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Essence of You Designs  

P.O. Box 6393 - Oakland, CA 94603
We are a Residential Interior Design Firm providing accessible design, Aging in Place, & Home modification design services. We also provide color consultation, space planning, construction drawings, materials selection, & project management.

Valerie Le Beaux - 415-370-5933  

Owner

My Expertise
Interior Design Services including: Aging In Place, Home Modifications, Space Planning, Construction Drawings, Materials Selection, Color Consultation, Lighting Design, Project Management.

Services
Bathroom - Remodel
Designer - Interior Lighting Plan
Designers - Kitchens
Disability - Retrofit
Disability Planner
and more...

Years Experience
10 years

Licenses
Certified Green Building Professional, Member: Design Society of America, Executive Certificate in Home Modifications (Nov/2015)

Insurance
Personal Liability: 100,000.

Degrees
BA & Master's In Psychology, A.S. in Interior Design, Certificates in: Kitchen & Bath Design, Interior Design
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Questions & Answers
Q: What advice would you give to a customer looking to hire a company like yours?
A: Do your homework and check the background of the company. Next, plan out your questions and interview them to see if they would be a good match for your project.

Q: What is the most common type of project or service your company provides?
A: Disability assessments and recommendations for modifications.

Q: In what ways is your company environmentally friendly?
A: Re-purposing materials as much as possible, and ordering materials from Green manufacturers.

Q: What would you like your customers to know about your company?
A: We are part of the local community here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have a commitment to providing services to seniors and people with disabilities.

Q: What is your company best known for?
A: Creating innovative designs that are functional.

Q: What separates your company from the competition?
A: We are small and can provide personalized service.

Q: What questions do customers most frequently ask you? What is your answer?
A: "I don't know what to do with this area of my house- can you help?" Yes, we can meet with you do to an assessment of your needs and come up with a creative solution.

Q: Does your company offer discounts to senior citizens or veterans?
A: We can assist seniors or veterans explore financing options with other agencies if they meet their income requirements.

Q: Describe a project or service that your company recently completed (include challenges, costs, and innovative solutions).
A: We recently participated in a project for a person in a wheelchair. The project involved remodeling a family room to become his new bedroom with adjoining bathroom. Challenges included: keeping the footprint small and not disturbing too much of the original design, making sure he had ample space to move around in both spaces, re-hanging doors to open outward, and making sure he had sufficient grab bar placement. An innovative solution was to place niches in the side of the shower seat, a trench drain in the back of the walk in shower and a niche in a wall near the shower seat to store products within easy reach for this client. Costs for the project were not clear as we were called in to consult and provide drawings.

Q: Is your company a member of any associations?
A: Designer Society of America, Build it Green, Oakland Grown, Uptima Business Community.

Q: Tell us a little about your company.
A: We provide disability assessments in order to develop a modification plan for clients, based on their physical capabilities including: reaching, bending, standing, sitting, twisting, and degree and duration for all activities. The modification plan informs what changes will be made to the room to accommodate a disability or mobility issue. The accompanying design plan includes construction drawings to illustrate the changes and guide construction.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept? (cash, check, credit cards, etc.)
A: Cash, checks

About Us  
Valerie Le Beaux, Owner  

We are an Interior Design Firm with a focus on providing services to the senior community and persons with mobility issues. The lead Designer is a Certified Green Building Professional, and is committed to working with manufacturers who have a dedication to sustainability and specifying products from renewable resources. Services include: Home Modification Assessments, Aging in Place Services, Space Planning, Construction Drawings, Material Selection, Color Consultation and Project Management, Simple Room Make-overs, Standard Design Services, Personal Exploration to inform Design Decisions and Room Modifications to accommodate mobility issues. We are members of: Oakland Grown , Build It Green and the Designer Society of America. We believe your environment should be safe, beautiful and nourish a healthy lifestyle. The improvements you make today will affect you tomorrow, so why not create your tomorrow today?
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How We Charge For Our Services
Designer - Interior Lighting Plan
- $80.00 per hour (plus materials)
A flat rate applies for lighting design which includes a lighting plan and client consultation for material selection.

Designers - Kitchens
- $60.00 per hour
A discount on usual hourly rate is provided for full kitchen design services.

Disability - Retrofit
- $80.00 per hour (plus materials)
A flat rate applies to services in this area.

Disability Planner
- $80.00 per hour
A flat rate applies to services in this area.

Kitchen - Remodeling
- $80.00 to $125.00 per square foot (for basic construction)
A discounted rate is available for full kitchen design services.

Remodel to Accommodate a Disability
- $80.00 per hour
A Flat Rate applies to services in this area.

Remodeling - One or More Rooms
- $80.00 to $125.00 per square foot
Price is based on degree of service: Basic consultation or Full Design Services.

Articles & Videos
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Testimonials  
"The Designer was painstaking in her attention to detail and never rushed the work, which was time consuming and inordinately intricate". P. Jackson-2015

"This Designer has exceptional talent in the field of home design". S. Watson-2014

"She created a green environment while being mindful of time and cost". D. Ruffner-2015

"She worked very hard and was always on time. She brought new ideas and shopped for items I needed for my project".- I. Evans 2011

"I have seen Ms. Le Beaux's work on a number of projects and can say that she is very creative, has fresh ideas and is imaginative in bringing practical solutions to design problems". A. Clark-2014
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