We love our house and have done many upgrades and improvements. So we have had good and not so good experiences with contractors. We interviewed about 6 contractors or bathroom remodel companies and considered many more than that. We actually did not start with Lawson Design. We started with another company who seemed very nice and promised they would do a good job, but after we gave them our deposit, they became very difficult and unapproachable. So we fired them and went to Karen Lawson, who is The Lawson Design Studio. She was great. It was easily the best decision we ever made. She was very involved during the final design phase offering suggestions with out imposing her opinions on us. She and her husband and adult son did the demolition which was amazing. We expected dust to fill our house. She protected everything including the floors, furniture and our personal possessions and clothing from dust. When they finished, our house looked as clean as when she started.

She has the best sub contractors I have ever worked with. They are to a man, professional, experienced, respectful and always showed up when they said they would with the proper tools and went to work. Our bathroom was a full tear out and upgrade, we used every trade that you can in a bathroom including heated floor, completely custom unique cabinets and counter top, added new lighting moved plumbing and changed the configuration of the walls and doors. The job was predicted to last about 2 months and that is about how long it took. They never left a mess and everything was equal to or better than we envisioned. Every sub worked hand in hand with the other subs, so the dry Waller, rough in carpenter, painter, electrician, plumber and tile layer worked together seamlessly without any gaps. The furniture, counter top, sinks, hardware and shower glass was ordered and showed up in a very timely manner and was installed perfectly. It was like a perfect symphony all at the hands of a great Maestro. Karen was our Maestro. She was on site every day and made sure that the subs were there doing what they needed to do and had the resources they needed. She spent hours researching the best fixtures and hardware and we wanted the best. She delivered even when it meant working on days when most others would not. If we had a question or concern, we could contact her twenty four/seven and she would respond almost immediately.

She delivered a beautiful end product on time and in budget. I did not have to lift a finger. She did everything and did it with a great attitude. She was professional, respectful, pleasant and approachable at all times. We are proud of our new bathroom and love showing it to friends who are amazed at how beautiful it is. I can not recommend her highly enough. You can not do better. If you are lucky enough to get her to do your remodel, you will have no regrets.

We hired the Lawson Design Studio to finish our attic and turn it into a family room/guest suite. Karen makes the whole process look so easy even though I'm sure at times it wasn't. She is extremely professional and experienced. Her design work is amazing and execution flawless. We finished our project on budget and we could not have been happier with the result.
We would recommend The Lawson Design Studio in a heartbeat for any design and construction project you have. You will not regret it. Construction and remodels can be very stressful, and Karen and her crew made it such a fun and great process.
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Karen Lawson led the design and construction of a complete remodel of our two-bedroom condo on Bainbridge Island.
During the design phase, Karen listened carefully to our needs and recommended lighting, cabinets, tile and carpet that fit our style and worked well in the space. Karen created 3D renderings of the plans so that we could visualize the completed space. She updated these renderings throughout the design process so that we could understand the effect of changes to the plans.

Because we planned to move several walls in the condo, we needed permission from the Homeowners Association Board. Karen did a great job presenting our ideas to the board. She explained our goals and plans in detail and addressed concerns from the board about the structural impact of moving walls in the condo. The board asked Karen to have our plans reviewed by a structural engineer and a plumber that was familiar with the condo. She worked well with both of these experts and was successful in addressing all the board's concerns.

During construction, Karen hired and managed a team of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, tile installers and painters. These subcontractors were always professional and we were able to watch the project come together step by step without worrying about the details of construction. One of the subcontractors mentioned that he enjoys working on Karen's projects because she is organized and communicates well.

As the remodeled condo took shape, we realized that Karen's recommendations had dramatically improved the space. Specifically, her advice to remove a wall in the enclosed galley kitchen resulted in an airy kitchen and living room that is much more comfortable and useable than before. In the master bath, she enlarged the shower, added mirrors and tiled the walls to create a modern, inviting space.

Visitors to the condo are impressed with the open, bright space Karen created. In particular, people comment on the attention to detail in the cabinets, counter tops and tile floors.

Throughout the design and build process, Karen communicated frequently and clearly. When demolition revealed hidden problems in the 30-year-old building, Karen recommended solutions to keep the project moving forward. We feel that a key element to Karen's success is her strong relationships with excellent subcontractors who ensured that each step in the process was completed professionally.

We would recommend Karen Lawson to anyone considering a similar project

Karen Lawson of The Lawson Design Studio is a passionate, knowledgeable, talented designer with a wonderful eye as well as a 6th sense as to what will work perfectly for her clients. She truly wants what is best for her clients, and goes the extra mile to make sure that the job is done perfectly, and that her clients are happy. Unlike many contractors/designers, she gives a fair, honest quote to her clients, and does not "nickel and dime" them just to make an extra buck. Her clients happiness and satisfaction is always at the top of her list of priorities, and because of that she always ends a job with clients who have fallen in love with their homes all over again
 

 

Karen Lawson recently finished designing our home and did an excellent job. She was easy to communicate with, reasonably priced, and definitely took our ideas and concerns into mind while working on our plans. Another excellent aspect of hiring the Lawson Design Studio was that Karen helped walk us the through the (complicated) permitting process with the city. We would probably still be waiting on some of our permits if it wasn't for her help. Now that our home is in the actual construction phase, Karen still checks in regularly to make sure that things are going smoothly. She has also attended meetings with the builder and other various contractors which has helped insure that everyone is on the same page. Five stars for the Lawson Design Studio!

I hired The Lawson Design Studio to oversee the painting of my house interior and the replacement of countertops and sink in the kitchen. Karen Lawson provided helpful guidance in selection of paint colors, counter material, and sink/faucet style and color. She was extremely professional and listened closely to my ideas and was able to guide my choices because of this. Karen is very knowledgeable and offered great advice throughout the project. She went the extra mile to resolve minor problems as they arose (e.g., electrical outage in the kitchen, a plumbing issue in master bathroom unrelated to the project) and has a very helpful, enthusiastic attitude. It was very fun to work with her. I am extremely happy with the entire project and with the services that Karen's company and her contractors provided. Everyone involved with the project was responsive and timely. I have a high level of confidence and trust in the quality of work that Lawson Design performed. The work was accomplished on-time and within budget. I would definitely recommend The Lawson Design Studio to others who need remodeling or construction work done in their homes.
 

Working with Karen is a joy and a breeze. She is very intuitive and creative without pushing her own agenda. The quality of her work and the relationship matter equally and it shows in the outcome. We highly recommend her services if you want a low-stress, highly effective partner on your side during your home build or as a building professional.
 

Karens' attention to detail, eye on design and coordination always results in a smoothly run, efficient and beautiful project. I have worked with Karen for years and hope to work with her for years to come.
 

Karen's ability to communicate is truly remarkable. As a subcontractor working on some of her projects, I am impressed by her ability to run the job in a very efficient and timely fashion. She has a lot of respect for the craftsmen and knows how create the conditions that will lead to a beautiful result and ultimately a happy customer. Karen's attention to detail, eye on design and coordination always results in a smoothly run, efficient and beautiful project. I have worked with Karen for years and hope to work with her for years to come.

Karen Lawson and the Lawson Design Studio deliver on their promise on every front - design talent, budget, communication and on-time completion. Karen and her team consistently provide excellent ideas, insight and integrity. Karen is thoughtful, professional operates with integrity. We have engaged Karen and her group for multiple projects over the years and have never been disappointed. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a terrific experience with a design/build firm.

 

We had a great experience and loved that it was "one stop shopping" with Karen. She takes care of all of the details... design, architecture, permitting, and General contractor monitoring the project every step of the way. Remodels can be stressful at times but Karen and staff worked well with us, were respectful of our space and scheduled "heavy work" while we were out of town. The end result was a creatively designed space that we love to look at and live in. Additionally, our house was retrofitted to be structurally more sound than when we started. This was an important factor since we live nearby a major earthquake fault!
She has a great eye and works with a great team of people

 

My family faced a unique situation of having to remodel a million dollar property from 1,500 miles and 4 states away. Having to start from scratch, we interviewed 4 contractors (the big names included) and made the decision to go with Karen Lawson. Her straight forward explanations of what needed to be done, her design options when requested, the end of month billing (all invoices in pdf format) and top quality work made it clear she was the right choice for the job. The job itself was more than just any standard remodel as it was a nine month project that went from redesigning entire bathrooms to a complete structural redesign for the front staircase. Through it all Karen treated the house as if it was hers and not another job and isn't that really what we all are looking for at a reasonable cost? I normally wouldn't take the time to write a review as you never know who actually writes these things, but it happened, we are happy and you will too if you make the decision to hire The Lawson Design Studio as a GC or designer on your next project.

 

Karen Lawson did a remodel in my home involving three different phases. The house is a seaside contemporary design which I desired to make more modern in style. The three phases included a master suite, a kitchen and eating area, and a major change in the living room and dining area. The bedroom style went from a very dark cave like room to an open and well-lit space that includes a steel hearth wall surrounding the fireplace. We opened the kitchen, living and dining rooms to more light and air, generally reflecting the beach environment and feel with use of colors and materials that reflect the seaside. Karen worked very well to maintain a budget, and still accomplish the quality of materials.. What I most appreciated about Karen was the complete communication of design sense that we both had, and she made it very easy to work out the construction and design details that led to the completion of this modern design.

 

I highly recommend Lawson Design Studio for its design, building and remodeling services. Karen Lawson leads this highly professional customer-oriented firm that completed interior design and building plans to expand and remodel our mid-70’s tract townhouse. Her experience, insight and attention to detail provided us with an updated contemporary home that better integrated our space requirements and personal aesthetic with our surroundings.
The expansion included a large deck, master suite and bath, configured to maximize the ocean view. The remodel made optimum use of existing space by reconfiguring bath and storage areas

I highly recommend Lawson Design Studio for its design, building and remodeling services. Karen Lawson leads this highly professional customer-oriented firm that completed interior design and building plans to expand and remodel our mid-70’s tract townhouse. Her experience, insight and attention to detail provided us with an updated contemporary home that better integrated our space requirements and personal aesthetic with our surroundings.
The expansion included a large deck, master suite and bath, configured to maximize the ocean view. The remodel made optimum use of existing space by reconfiguring bath and storage areas.

 

After working with The Lawson Design Studio in the past, I hired Karen Lawson again for a commercial project. I asked her to convert a very small living space in an older building into an upscale studio rental space along the Hood Canal in Washington State. What she did with the space still amazes me, making efficient use of every inch we had! Her attention to detail and design added so much to the beauty of the finished project. I respect her and all the subcontractors she hired for this job. They all took pride in their work and it shows. The end result was fabulous and we continue to receive great comments on the project. This is a company that truly works for their clients, is honest, provides great customer service and takes pride in everything they do which is hard to find. I highly recommend The Lawson Design Studio.

 

 

Karen designed a complete inside and out remodel of our 40+ year old 3400 sq-ft home on Bainbridge Island. She also hired and supervised the work of a group of outstanding subcontractors. The job was completed in a timely manner at on budget. Karen was great to work with. She listened to our ideas and then transformed them into plans that proved to be better than we hoped.
We whole heartedly recommend her and she will get our call if we ever tackle this kind of project again.