Testimonials

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"I am a builder and I really enjoy working with Step One Design. I find them very helpful and full of energy and ideas. All my clients have said the same. When it comes to getting plans designed or having your entire interior re-decorated or laid out for you, then I would recommend Step One every time. And I do!"

Black Tree Developments Colleague Houzz September 17, 2015

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"Lisa and Mike are excellent professionals that get the job done right and are fun to work with. Our company always likes working with Step One Design because the are very well organized and when its time for our part of their project it goes smooth. Great team and look forward to the next project. Derek @ Floform Countertops"

Derek Ballman Colleague Houzz September 17, 2015

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"We had just purchsed a newer house and new we wanted to do an update but wasn't exactly sure what we werel looking for. We contaced Lisa and set up an consultation. After spending a few minutes with Lisa we know that she was perfeft for our project. She listened to what style we wanted to go for and our likes and dislikes. We found lisa to be very personalable and friendly. When our project was completed we couldn't have been happier with the results. it was exactly the style we were hoping to achieve.

We would highly recommend Lisa for any project you have. "

Roseann Past Client Houzz September 17, 2015

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"I initially contacted Lisa of Step One Design with the idea that she could just make some paint colour recommendations for our office space. But she actually offered much more than that. In the end, we rearranged furniture, got some new lighting and area rugs, and took some risks with colours we would never have chosen on our own. In fact, it took some convincing that we should try some funky paint ideas in our bathroom, but the result was fantastic, and we all love it! Our clients comment on how professional and classy our space feels, and much of this is thanks to Lisa's help with the office face lift. She was great in helping me figure out options based on our budget and her rates were also very reasonable. Thanks, Lisa!"

Arbour Counselling Past Client Houzz September 17, 2015

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"Lisa Dunsmuir of Step One Design worked with my husband and I to design our kitchen renovation. We hadn't had any previous experience with doing large renovations and were somewhat overwhelmed with all the choices that had to be made in the planning stages.

LIsa's guidance was invaluable during this process. She listened to our requirements and really understood the look we were hoping to achieve. She helped narrow down our choices and pull everything together. We were impressed with Lisa's knowledge of all aspects of the renovation process, from the counter and flooring choices to the lighting options. The suppliers Lisa recommended were excellent. The suggestions she made gave a more custom look to our kitchen without exceeding our budget. We are absolutely thrilled with the final product.

Lisa is a pleasure to deal with. She is friendly and helpful, with a positive and calming presence. She goes out of her way to ensure the job goes smoothly. We hope to work with Lisa again in the future and recommend her to others without hesitation. "

CC Flight Past Client Houzz September 17, 2015

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"My wife and I have been doing a thorough renovation and upgrade of all three floors of our 1931 English Vernacular style house in Victoria, BC during 2013 - 2014. We hired Mike & Lisa, owners of STEP ONE DESIGN in Victoria BC, who had been recommended by several of their former clients from our neighborhood as well as by a colleague of my wife at work who had STEP ONE DESIGN do the plans for his brand new home. This project turned out to be quite a challenging design job for Mike & Lisa who came up with a design that suited both our demanding wishes while trying to fit the remodeling work within the confines of a house built more than 80 years ago. After construction started based on STEP ONE DESIGN's plans, Lisa stayed on to assist us make choices for the interior decoration and exterior finishes.

Mike and Lisa's professional design services were greatly appreciated and their assistance was a crucial contribution in the success of our fourteen month long renovation project. "

Jemay Past Client Houzz September 17, 2015

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"Mike assisted with planning, design, and construction drawings. He listens really well, and combines practical sensibility with design integrity. I was looking for someone with solid experience who could guide me through some of the details as the project unfolded. What I really appreciated was his accessibility at crucial decision points. He was a great addition to the team."

Anita Wolfe Past Client Houzz September 17, 2015

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"We were very fortunate to discover Step One Design at the Home Show. We went to the Home Show as we were thinking about doing some kitchen renovations, but were unsure of where to start, or how far to go, etc.

Lisa & Michael came to our house and, after taking away our wish lists, came back with a number of options, giving us a variety of choices of prices and work involved.

Some of the solutions were simple, quick and relatively inexpensive, i.e. new cabinet doors, counter tops, etc. But they also provided us with some brilliant ideas that we hadn’t even dreamed were possible.

Once we had decided on one of the design options, Lisa was beside us all the way through the process. She was invaluable in helping us make good choices, not only in the layout and design, but also in the products and finishes.

Lisa was able to set us up with sub-contractors, getting us really good prices and quality workmanship. She was also there to help us negotiate with sub-contractors and suppliers, advising us and helping us to make wise decisions. She didn’t try to talk us into expensive choices and she had common sense solutions for all kind of things. For example, we couldn’t decide on new lights for the dining room, she suggested we spray paint the brass base of our old chandelier-type light, which we did and it now looks amazing.

She was able to transform our nice, but dated, house with an awkward layout to an incredible, beautiful home, with a perfect flow, a home that could be featured in Better Homes & Garden!
Thank you!"

Caliboo Past Client Houzz September 17, 2015