Testimonials

J. and I want to thank you for all your help with our bathroom project.  We love it!  And both kids love the walk-in shower.  You were very supportive throughout the entire process and your attention to detail was fantastic.  We will definitely pass on your name to anyone we know looking to renovate their bathroom or kitchen.

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M. & J. C. (Coventry, CT)

We hired Karen to help us update a full master bathroom and a connecting vanity.  We couldn’t be happier with the result.  Karen assisted us in finalizing the overall design of our project, including floor, cabinet and countertop materials, and lighting and plumbing fixtures.

She was particularly helpful in the design of our custom shower.  Her experience working with the various sub-contractors and the detailed design instructions and illustrations she provided to our contractor were instrumental to the success of our project.

She has a flexible work style, adapting to our preferences regarding the amount of her engagement with our contractor and sub-contractors, in addition to providing the option to leverage her contacts for the sourcing of fixtures and materials.  Karen was very punctual, organized, and responsive, making the projecting much less stressful for us. We happily recommend her for your bathroom remodel project.

K. & P. C. (Tolland, CT)

We highly recommend Karen Warner Design LLC.

When we contacted Karen, we had just downsized to a smaller home. The L-shaped kitchen had builder-grade oak cabinets in poor condition, little usable counter space, mismatched appliances, and one drawer. The square footage was adequate, but poorly used.

After meeting with us to determine our budget, wish list, and likes and dislikes, Karen came up with a floor plan that was almost perfect from the start. Her plan increased the counter space and number of drawers, enhanced the lighting, and added an island, a bookcase, and a charging station. After six weeks of renovation, the kitchen is a dream come true.

Karen is a competent, confident, detail-oriented, easy to work with, respected by the contractors we used, and, above all, calm. She put us in touch with a network of building professionals who have the same attention to detail and service as she does. We are totally pleased with the results. Now I have plenty of drawers, including one that’s still empty!

N. & P. B. (Vernon, CT)

“We LOVE the kitchen!  Just really, really love it!  Just spent the last few days cleaning and cooking and it feels just amazing!  Thanks so much for all your suggestions and hard work.  We are just thrilled!”

L. S. (West Hartford, CT)

“I hired Karen to guide the remodeling of two bathrooms. I had a good idea of what I wanted, but needed her design sense to pull it together and her experience to find the materials (cabinets, tile, etc.) to accomplish that look. Karen was great at listening and making sure she knew what I wanted. She also made sure that she understood my budget, and worked with me to achieve it. She had no problem limiting her work, and allowing me to do some of it to help with the cost. She made great recommendations, but was never pushy with her opinions. She located a number of possibilities for tiles and cabinets to choose from that would give me the look I wanted. She brought them over, and we laid them out, propped them up, etc., until I was able to make the choice. She drew up the design so everything would work together, and made sure that everything would meet code. She looked in regularly as the construction progressed to make sure it was coming together as specified, and consulted with the work crew to iron out any issues. I couldn’t be happier with how the bathrooms turned out.”

B.F. (Union, CT)

“Karen designed a kitchen for my boyfriend and me that not only met, but exceeded all expectations we had for our project! We were left with a kitchen space that is beautiful and functional, has ample storage, lovely details, and most of all, fell into our budget. The large investment that comes with remodeling a kitchen was a huge concern for us, and Karen helped us to stay within our budget while also providing us with quality materials and workmanship and professional contractors.

Karen was present every step along the way, from brainstorming the design to installing the cabinets, and she continually wowed us with her input. She provided us 3-D computer layouts, so we could better visualize what we were creating. She presented tons of creative design options to best utilize the space and that responded thoughtfully to our needs, while providing attention to detail that gave us the special look we wanted. Lastly, she was there for every step of install to make sure that things went smoothly.

Karen was not the first person we had attempted to design our kitchen with. The other companies came, measured, and handed us the same cookie cutter plan that you see for every modern day kitchen layout. On the other hand, Karen was creative and a pleasure to work with, and took the time to build us a space with our best intentions in mind, at a reasonable price, and made our dream kitchen a reality!!”

K.K. (Mansfield, CT)

“This past summer we were looking to update our kitchen and hired Karen Warner to help us with this project. Besides helping us choose new counters, appliances, and lighting, she made an important recommendation regarding our kitchen island that ended up improving the overall function of our kitchen.

Karen noticed that our large island was positioned too close to the outer counters, creating conflict with the cooktop, sink, and dishwasher. Her suggestion of moving the island has made our kitchen a more enjoyable space to work.

Another area that Karen suggested changing was the lighting. What an incredible difference this made, particularly in really showcasing the beautiful granite countertop.

She is very thorough and easy to reach when you need to ask questions. She has a wealth of information on appliances, counter surfaces, and will lead you to the best solution for your situation. Karen was with us every step of the way as a team worker in helping us to complete the most functional and beautiful kitchen within our budget.”

S.P. (Ashford, CT)

“We had a very outdated kitchen that was in desperate need of a renovation. We did a lot of research and worked with an in-house kitchen designer for about a month before seeking out an independent designer (Karen). We wanted an independent designer that would not have company-influenced biases when putting together a plan for our kitchen. We were confident after our first meeting with Karen that she was the right person to do the job.

Karen is a great listener and took the time to understand what our needs were and how we use our kitchen. We didn’t need to change much about the layout but removed all the old cabinets, countertops and flooring. Karen worked with us to plan a revised layout to suit our needs. She also helped us find an excellent local cabinet maker to implement her design. She made many creative suggestions for the layout of the cabinets that makes our new kitchen look unique.

Karen is truly invested in her work and it shows in her attention to all the details. After our kitchen was finished she came by to see the finished product and spent time carefully looking everything over and listening to feedback so that she can carry the experience forward to future projects. She was very responsive and reliable throughout the project.

We are thrilled with our kitchen and can’t imagine a better outcome! We are amazed at how easy it is to work in the new space – everything fits perfectly and is just where we need it.”

A.T. (Canton, CT)

“Karen was very professional and worked closely with myself and all the contractors from start to finish. I had an odd space to open up to make a bathroom/spa, from 2 smaller rooms into one large room. She creatively came up with a solution to make a beautiful large master bath. She helped me pick the best materials for my budget, and was always available and responsive throughout the whole process. She even would come to my house and let in the builders if I was unavailable!

We had some unforeseen challenges, one being a tub that could not be installed within code. She handled this challenge and resolved it satisfactorily even when the manufacturer would not take it back. I would definitely recommend Karen and will likely call her in the future too.”

M.A. (Coventry, CT)

“It is with pleasure that we highly recommend Karen Warner as an extremely capable bathroom designer.

She recently assisted us with an “aging-in-place” remodeling/renovation of a very tiny powder room into a three-piece European style “wet room.”  This challenging and successful transformation includes a wall-mounted toilet, a lever-controlled, wall-mounted shower which can be hand-held as well, and a long, narrow sink with ADA approved faucet — all in one floor-to-ceiling tiled room. The three Toto fixtures mentioned received on-target placements in such a small space.

Initially, Karen took sufficient time to listen to our ease-of-use and simplicity concerns as a retired couple in our late 60s and early 70s in order to incorporate them fully into the final design.

Her thoughtful and clever addition of a marble storage shelf over the sink, utilizing the top of the necessary north wall bump-out for pipes, is an outstanding highlight of her design. In addition, we much appreciate the inclusion of maximum storage via a tall and narrow mirrored medicine cabinet, a “hotel style” train rack towel shelf area, and a combination grab bar and cosmetic shelf in the shower area. And, the curved shower curtain rod provides more room in the shower area.

The three trips to choose tile, plumbing, and lighting materials became less stressful and overwhelming because of her presence, clear and confident guidance, and broad knowledge of products available in stores and the Internet.

Karen’s skill in communicating by e-mail, in person, and by phone with both our general contractor and us was invaluable before, during, and after construction.  She compiled a looseleaf book that remained on site during the whole construction period which contained descriptions of materials and products to be used/installed as well as copies of final plans. Many members of the construction team remarked on how helpful that reference was when a question arose.

Lastly, Karen was always punctual or called us when she was unavoidably running late, maintained a calm demeanor throughout the entire period, and went that extra mile when a construction problem surfaced.

We would not hesitate to recommend Karen Warner to our associates and friends as a top-notch bath designer.”

K. & B. S. (Manchester, CT)