Wow, I thought, this is the best experience I’ve ever had at this big box store.
Hello! My name is Lora Frost and I’m the Principal Designer and Chief Construction Manager here at Dahlias & Granite.
I love construction and renovation work and I’ve worked in male dominated industries for over 20 years.
I’ve fielded questions like
And from contractors I worked with on my own 203K renovation I’ve been told:
“We had no idea where the septic lines were.” As they drove a too large machine over it and then dug up the line accidentally.” I stated, the septic lines are clearly seen in the basement. A measurement should and could have been taken to avoid the damage done. They replaced the line they broke.
I wasn’t happy. And I decided that I never wanted any of my clients to go through a similar experience.
Perhaps you too have been told things like this, had a similar experience or felt like you didn’t have enough knowledge to advocate for your renovation, even though you were pretty certain they were yanking your chain.
I’m extremely passionate about women having an advocate during the renovation process.
“Lora always made sure everyone was on the same page, from delays in permit approvals to making sure front doors were built with historical accuracy. She always made sure that everyone was part of a team, the clients, her handyman, Steve, us at Crux Scenica, and all the other contractors even though a construction project during COVID-19 was an insane whirlwind.The tenacity that was needed for this project, during this difficult time, could not have been done if it wasn’t for her attention to detail, excellent managerial communication skills, coordination and for the kindness with which she leads.” – Christina Delli Santi
“Indeed the kitchen project’s success and the continuing improvements that are ongoing at the house, have been solely possible because of Lora’s hard work, leadership and skill as a project manager. The extreme delays in material acquisition and permitting, the changing scope of work from her clients, all mixed with the regular day-to-day challenges of COVID that we all experienced, would have been enough to put anyone off their best performance, but during that entire project Lora didn’t waiver. When the project would encounter another set-back, Lora would just laugh and try to find a workaround, where a less capable person might have balked.” – Joshua Bennett
I excel at getting everyone on the same page, while making sure everyone feels heard and keeping the project moving forward.
“This is definitely one of my top 3 reasons for hiring a Project Manager. I’ve managed 2 major renovations myself, and will NEVER do that again. Hire Lora, unequivocally.” – Jennifer Wright
Have you ever thought you’d found the perfect home, but then discovered it wasn’t as ideal as you first imagined?
Your surroundings affect not only how you feel mentally, but also your physiological state and everything from your productivity and sleep is affected for better or worse.
Sometimes the subtleties and the nuances aren’t always apparent. One of my clients was nearly in tears explaining that they had moved into their new house and she couldn’t figure out why she was so uncomfortable in such a beautiful space and she was upset that she couldn’t figure it out on her own. Design on your own home is difficult even for professional designers.
That’s my super power – listening to you and figuring out why a the area or space isn’t working for you specifically and coming up with a solution that fits your life to a tee.
We need both types of environments in our homes, bringing us balance.
To find my own balance in In my personal life, I’ve taken up wildlife photography as my calming and meditative practice, and as my yang practice to find an energetic release, I love cutting down trees and chopping firewood. And more recently, rock climbing.
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