2020 Customer Spotlight
Robert attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. He chose the kitchen and bath field because it seemed the best way to get into what he wanted to do in life, which is designing and working on new homes. “I love knowing that my vision will be what people will use for generations,” says Robert.
His early challenges were to learn what could and could not be done in the residential home setting, like moving walls and such. Once Robert learned all the rules and restrictions, everything else fell into place.
“I love knowing that what I do makes a real difference in someone’s home and life for the near future, and hopefully for generations to come,” explains Robert.
Question & Answer Session
Q: When did you start using 2020 Design and what were some of your reasons for choosing that software?
I started using 2020 Design in 1995 and have used it up through the years, so as I grew as a designer so did 2020. I chose 2020 Design because, at the time, it was the easiest program to learn, and when I switched companies, I talked them into using 2020 Design over what they were using.
Q: What are some of the most helpful features you use in 2020 Design and why?
I love how you can make it look almost real when you’re done with the design.
Q: What has been your experience working with 2020?
My experience working with 2020 has been a good one. I have very few issues and their customer service has always been helpful and friendly.
About the Designer
LJ’s Kitchens & Interiors, Ltd.
Favorite paint color:
Horizon Grey Benjamin Moore
Favorite design style:
Modern along with transitional
Frank Lloyd Wright
“Do or do not, there is no try.”—Yoda
Q: What was the inspiration behind the design you submitted for the 2020 contest?
My inspiration for the design I sent in was trying to bring back the mid-century modern feel of the home.
Q: Describe your creative process. What questions do you ask your clients? Where do you get your inspirations from?
My creative process all comes from within – from talking with the clients and finding out what they would like to see in their kitchens and baths. How I work is by imagining what I would want if I were living in the space. That’s it. That is how I come up with the ideas I use when designing their new spaces.
Q: Do you design spaces other than kitchens and bathrooms?
At LJ’s we work on all areas of the home, including dens, entertainment areas, laundry rooms, bathrooms, wet bars, and outdoor kitchens.
Q: Do you use any 2020 Cloud decorative items?
I use 2020 Cloud decorative items in every design, from light fixtures and stools to artwork and people.
Q: What are some of your favorite catalogs to use in your design projects?
In my design, I used KraftMaid cabinets along with GE appliances and 2020 Cloud artwork. I did bring in some floor textures from the Internet, and for the rest, I used 2020 Design’s architecture catalog to make all of my shapes. I used Cambria for my countertops.
Q: What guidance would you provide to any designer who is considering 3D CAD tools for interior design?
If I were to talk to someone about a design software, I would truly recommend 2020 Design over the others I have used. I find it has been the easiest to learn, and with their design catalogs, designs are truly limitless.
Q: Tell us something unusual that has happened in your career.
One of the coolest things that have happened in my career was when I was working with a client and it came time to measure and see the space, he had me drive to the airport and we hopped into his private plane and he flew us up to their lake home. It truly was a one-of-a-kind experience and was one of the best experiences I have had in my career.
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