"We moved to a condo in NW Portland from the Midwest. We did serious downsizing but still needed to find ways to optimize the space in our condo and increase functionality. After living in the space for a few months we created an extensive wish list of what we wanted to accomplish in our condo. This included changing the style from traditional to contemporary while maintaining a casual, personal, and warm feel to the space.
We chose Soderberg Design to help us with our project after reading reviews on Houzz and meeting with several other designers. Right away we liked how Gina and Chris worked as a team. They took each of our ideas seriously and helped us refine our wish list and bring it to reality. They did an amazing job of combining function with design and working with our existing pieces and selections. Their approach toward the design process was to start with the big picture to make sure the completed project would be cohesive. They provided 3 or 4 alternatives at each stage of the process and then moved forward based on our feedback. They introduced creative ideas and helped us better meet our objectives. The design process was very collaborative. The process culminated in a comprehensive set of detailed plans and specs.
Our project included redesigning our kitchen, designing built-in cabinetry for our main living area and study, partially redesigning 2 bathrooms, selecting paint colors, furniture including some custom pieces, lighting, blinds, floor coverings, hardware, plumbing fixtures, bathroom accessories, material finishes, and placing artwork.
Gina and Chris have many resources and they lined up a general contractor as well as some individual contractors. They also worked well with some contractors we found on our own. They oversaw the project to insure the work was done per the plans and specs and in a coordinated and timely manner. When issues did arise with contractors or subs, they were very effective in resolving problems to our satisfaction. They had excellent follow through until our project was completed. Throughout the entire process they were attentive to detail, easy to reach, patient, totally professional, and always a pleasure to work with. They also have an excellent support staff. Most importantly, we are delighted with our finished space. We give Chris and Gina our highest recommendation."
"In 2016 I had the great pleasure of doing a complete condo remodel with Chris & her team. We gutted a unit I purchased in The Henry down to the studs (out went EVERYTHING, including the proverbial kitchen sink and the toilet). It was an extensive project that involved both architectural as well as design work. I was coming off a divorce, a move to Portland from Santa Fe NM, and starting a new role in work — to say I was in a stressed out state when entering this project would put it mildly. Chris & her team made this remodel a true “rebirth” — they were SUCH a joy to work with, the successful outcome of this project literally and figuratively gave me a launch pad from which to reboot my entire life. The attention to detail at every level of the project, from initial conception, to appliance/fixture/lighting selection to the extra fun part of furniture and decor… Chris and her team listened to me every step of the way to take the vision I had in my head and my heart and translate into a set of clear plans that the general contractor was able to flawlessly execute upon. This was the third time I’d either built a home from scratch or done an extensive remodel so I have some strong comparative data points. Three things really stood out to me on this project: (1) Chris and her team worked with me to clarify and craft MY vision - vs. forcing me into some kind of box that matched a standard firm-wide vision, this is very unique in the design world, (2) Chris’s design sense is incomparable — she had insights and ideas that not only took my project from good to great but also were extremely cost effective, (3) Chris and her team are meticulously detailed — I work in finance and wanted to know every last little number and nuance, thanks to their extremely organized and crisp design — and billing — process I felt like I had complete knowledge of everything that was going on the entire time. To top it off, Chris is a gem of a human being — and attracts the same on her team. I simply can not recommend Soderberg Designs highly enough."
"Chris Soderberg, and her team at Soderberg Design, provided an excellant design package for us in an extensive condominium remodel. Her design sense is superb and she integrated her tastes with ours perfectly. Chris listened to our specific requirements and integrated them into the design exactly. Her services were provided in a very responsive fashion and she followed through completely until the construction was complete. Her support of, and coordination with, our construction project manager throughout the entire process was outstanding. We were extremely pleased with the relationship."
Bob and Mary Anne Woodell
We have used Soderberg Design for 3 major remodel projects and we were pleased with the process and the outcome each time. The three projects were in Anchorage, Seattle, and Phoenix. Chis Soderberg approached our projects collaboratively listening carefully to our needs. With completed plans in hand she assisted in hiring contractors and managed the projects through completion. Our home in Phoenix has been on the Willo Home Tour twice and the feedback was outstanding.
I used Soderberg Design for a second time for a large project to make my New York apartment more functional (including moving a wall) and furnish it comfortably at a reasonable cost.Chris Soderberg had proven to be an outstanding designer and project manager when she handled all the interior design work on my large industrial loft in Portland so I asked her to come to New York to help with my smaller apartment in a classic prewar building. I needed more storage space and an office. The complex process has been handled extremely well by Chris and her assistants with a few trips to New York. My New York apartment couldn’t be more different from my Portland loft. Chris helped make both very attractive and functional, working closely with me to reflect my taste and needs while minimizing my stress, time, and inconvenience. I recommend Soderberg Design unqualifiably.
Whenever my husband, Mike, and I contemplate remodeling on either our home or our commercial properties, the first person we contact to help us flush out design details and visualize our goals is Chris Soderberg. Her professional knowledge in architecture and design is incomparable. She listens attentively to plans and then scrutinizes and imagines more than one could ever accomplish themselves so that the end product is actually more than what one dreamed could ever happen. Her senses and perception regarding design, color, scale, fashion and appliances stay ever so updated and contemporary. We certainly could never fathom nor countenance such tremendous help from such a critical eye. Chris does not compromise because she recognizes the value of both one's home and where one spends quality time. And we have never found someone so pleasant to work with and communicate with. Her conceptual designs are award winning yet it remains the experience of working with someone with such a keen sense of how space can be enhanced that is so memorable and commendable. And she works efficiently and productively which mitigates much worry and anxiety over construction or remodeling.
We recommend Soderberg Design without reservation for anyone wanting the best of design services.
"When we began working with Soderberg Design on our condo in downtown Portland, we owned a beach house in south Florida and a lodge style home in Bend. We wanted a totally different, upscale urban feel for this residence, and the end result was perfect. Chris worked in our eclectic art collection with new contemporary furnishings, and she obtained the exact feel we wanted to achieve. She completed our entire home while we were out of state, and it simply could not have been a more positive experience. We have worked with numerous designers on both residential and commercial projects, and we have never been as pleased with both the process and the outcome as we were with this one. We have had the opportunity to see other projects which Chris has completed, and they are all outstanding. We are pleased to unconditionally recommend Soderberg Design.
Ken and Ryna Mehr