So waaay back in 2008 when I was working on my first Historic Ellicott City Decorator Showhouse (where I begged to do a space :) ) I met the lovely and talented Patty Filas of Revisions Remodeling. Since then I've worked with them on some of their projects and had them redo our bathroom. (Mikey insisted that the 1950's pink and grey tile had to go.) Read more about Patty and what Revisions Remodeling is all about.
A kitchen hood I painted for one of their clients.
-What is your background?
I, Patricia Daly Filas, am a Certififed Designer by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as well as an Architectural Designer and a licensed Contractor. I have proudly been working with Revisions Remodeling for over twenty years. We specialize in all areas of remodeling, especially kitchens, baths, and additions. Our focus at Revisions is Kitchens, Baths, Additions, Home Modifications, and Historic properties-How did you get started in this field?
I got started in this field through education. My background is art history, architecture and accounting. Dann Cummings, the owner, has a background in engineering.-What do you do?
Our business is Design and Build with an established showroom in Ellicott City, Maryland. We offer all architectural design capabilities, engineering, planning, material selections in our showroom, estimates and proposals, detailed contracts, construction management along with personalized project management, our own carpentry teams, on staff designers, and of course communications with principals and all staff.
-What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of our job as designers/remodelers is reminding clients that they hired us as their professionals to guide them through this process rather than listening to comments they heard from television or the internet about products.
-What do you enjoy most?
What we enjoy most about the remodeling business is making people fall in love with their homes all over again. A truly functional home, as well as beautiful, will make a huge impact on your daily life.
-What adjustments have you made to your business to keep up with the changing economy?
The biggest adjustment we have made in our business over its lifetime is reaching people through the internet. The internet is an interesting animal, you have to choose carefully. On our site we only post pictures of our own jobs (where-as many other sites buy photos) and we only recommend products we use.
-What makes a good client?
A good client is anyone who is involved in their project, but not so involved that they pull up a chair and watch every move - yes, we have had that happen and it makes us feel just a tad scrutinized, as you can imagine. Fortunately, we found out he was more curious and excited than fearful! Design and Remodeling is a fairly lengthy process by the time you get to demo and installation. We always encourage new clients to visit former clients to see their projects and talk with them about the process. We also have a pre-construction meeting as well as meetings throughout the project.
-What is your most interesting/challenging/awesome project so far?
Our most interesting projects are always the Decorator Showhouses. We have done many of them for Historic Ellicott City as well as the Baltimore Symphony, and putting 20 plus Designers and crews in one house at the same time is a wonderland of diva personalities. Not us of course! Well maybe I get a little touchy sometimes about design issues. Since we do either their Kitchens or Baths, we not only design, but carpentry, etc. is involved. so our guys try and keep their heads down and let our project manager and Dann take most of the beatings for making any dust and dirt. But it's not always us by any means causing trouble, we have heard blood curdling screams over lighting issues from other floors and other horrific events that would scare you even more!2009 Historic Ellicott City Show House
-Do you have a location where clients can come meet you or do you come to them?
For anyone who would like to visit our beautiful Showroom, we are located at:
Revisions Remodeling Showroom