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She is honest, professional, and tough when she needs to be...

"I worked with Valerie on an extensive remodel on a house I bought in the spring of 2015. I had a lot of things I wanted to do. There were structural changes, a full kitchen rebuild, two bathroom remodels, new floors, a ton of work that needed to be done outside, and I had a budget with resale in mind. I also was going to be out of state for the summer and wanted the house to be done when I got back in September.

I was so happy to find Design Directions and have them help with this project. Before buying the house, Valerie met with me and provided a detailed budget of what it would cost to do what I wanted. She took the time to get prices on everything I asked for and worked with my realtor to decide if it made financial sense to go forward with the project.

Valerie and I worked together to come up with the design and style of my new home. She understood what I wanted and had great ideas to add to my vision for the home. We spent a lot of time sharing photos on Houzz and running around town looking at countertops, tile, and appliances to fit the home.

The Design Directions team was on top of this project from the start. She made sure the work was done well and on time. Even though I was out of town for the summer I always felt like I knew exactly what was going on in the remodeling process. Valerie was great at communicating with me every step of the way through calls, texts, pictures, and video.

I love my new house. I was very lucky to find Valerie. We got along right away. She is honest, professional, and tough when she needs to be. She executed a very big project in a relatively short amount of time. I still keep in touch with Valerie and still reach out to her if anything comes up with the house and she is always there to help. Thanks to Valerie I had a great experience with this remodel. I would highly recommend her to anyone. "

-Nick Collison

I highly recommend Design Directions...

"I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am in my new home. It’s almost unbelievable that this house is the same dark and dated one I bought less than a year ago! After looking at many of new and already remodeled homes that just didn’t fit the bill, I set my sights on buying one to remodel and make my own. Valerie Helgeson with Design Directions worked with my realtor and I during the house hunting phase and when we finally found the right house, I hired her as my designer and general contractor. It was an extensive project with 3,000 square feet of living space that involved tearing down multiple interconnecting load bearing walls, installing steel beams in the ceiling, reconfiguring the entire floor plan, replacing much of the electrical and plumbing systems, landscaping front and backyards, decorating and furnishings. She worked with me patiently and expertly on material selections, and added lots of details specific to my needs. Now each room in my home is special and reflects my personal style. She was always cost conscious and communicative throughout the project, which helped to make it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Now I have a beautiful home for myself, my dog, friends and family to enjoy. I highly recommend Valerie with Design Directions."

-Julie Bishop

Valerie was creative yet realistic...

"Valerie orchestrated a recent home renovation for us in Val Verde. We bought a home that had been in our family and while it holds sentimental attachment for us, we needed different form and function. Our project would entail reconfiguration of rooms, removing walls, and a complete aesthetic change of the interior and exterior.

The home is modern style architecture built in 1987. Valerie was creative yet realistic as she helped us decide which original features to retain and which ones to alter. We envisioned a clean-lined, bright white palette with bold color in art and accessories. Her hands-on care and suggestions helped us discover what we truly wanted in surfaces, fabrics and colors. Something that would have overwhelmed us became easy with her direction and patience. Her communication skills exceeded expectations and we appreciated her progress reports as well as meeting our financial expectations. We really enjoy our space and are constantly amazed at how well it all came together. It's the perfect place for us to entertain family and friends as well as the easy living it provides us in our day to day life. Design Directions was a perfect fit as our designer and contractor. She guided us through what we wanted in a home and equally encouraged us to add our own personality to things when we had an interest in doing so. We are very happy with the entire experience."

-Erin Gayer

Valerie made this project fun...

"Working with Valerie Helgeson was a pleasure. Renovating an entire house is daunting for the novice. However, Valerie made this project fun and as stress free as possible. I now have a beautiful and unique contemporary home which we love. I intend to work with her again, and I can't wait. Thank you, Valerie, for my beautiful home."

-Susan Albright

Their [...] creative flair are the reasons we recommend them...

"Design Directions is fantastic! Valerie and Jennifer helped create a master bed and bath that we will be enjoying for years to come. Their personal attention and creative flair are the reasons we recommend them to our family and friends!"

-Laure D.

She went above and beyond what I could envision...

"Valerie with Design Directions just finished a complete remodel of my master bathroom. I could not be happier with the outcome! It is so incredibly beautiful! Valerie has such an eye for great design and creating the space that you imagine. She went above and beyond what I could envision. Her knowledge and experience shined through during the remodel. And she kept me informed about what was happening which was so appreciated. I cannot wait to start another project with her. The kitchen remodel should begin soon and I am thrilled to see another fabulous room designed by Val!!"

-Susan Balkenbush

She gracefully orchestrated scheduling...

"Recently, we had an unexpected remodel. After water damage that caused us to need all new flooring, baseboards, painting and then some "while we're at it" changes... we have a fabulous, new look in our home. Valerie Helgeson of Design Directions came to our rescue.

We had worked with Design Directions a few years back in a multiple room refresh and knew their work quality, attention to detail and care in the relationship of business was a great fit for us. Now with an emergency ahead of us and trying to coordinate a move-out, demo, documentation with our insurance company and selecting things that we love but with short order times, we all had our work cut out for us. Three weeks later, Valerie had us back in our house. We sat back in amazement and gratitude and she gracefully orchestrated scheduling of subcontractors in between her existing projects. Her solid relationships with local service providers helped us with the water restoration as well as cosmetic renovation side of the puzzle.

While we weren't happy with our misfortunate, we can say now that a lot of good came from it because of Valerie and Design Directions."

-Alan Davis

I'm always inspired by her visions...

"Valerie is not only a joy to work with, but she is an incredibly talented designer. I have worked with her on many projects, and I'm always inspired by her visions, and her ability to bring those to reality. Her selections of material and colors are second to none, and are always perfect for the project at hand. Valerie is one of the most talented people I know, and I highly recommend her!"

-Melissa Marshall

She has a great sense of style...

"Valerie is so talented and handled every part of my renovation, coordinated all the timing and individuals needed to make the project flow quickly and seamlessly. She has a great sense of style and helped me choose every fixture and material to make my house look amazing, just my style, and affordable. Highly recommend her work."

-Sara Enix

Valerie becomes your friend in the process...

"Valerie Helgeson of Design Directions helped to create a dream kitchen in my home. I discovered Valerie by searching through designers listed on the houzz website. The photos of her past projects appealed to my taste and so I contacted her. I was a bit nervous about working with someone who I found on the internet, however once I met with her the first time, I knew she'd be the perfect person for the job. As other past clients have mentioned, Valerie becomes your friend in the process. She is very talented as a designer, conscientious, and always available to her client. My kitchen space is now much more functional and as a bonus to that, it is also updated and very beautiful! I will, and have, recommended Valerie to others."

-Kathy Fritz

She has a great eye...

"Valerie and team have been a joy to work with. She has a great eye and really listens when I tell her things I like and don’t like. We’ve been doing a project together remotely between Oklahoma and Texas and I’m very pleased with the results!"

-Angela Fox

Valerie’s ability to see my vision for the space and execute was amazing...

"When you hire Design Directions, not only do you get a detail-oriented contractor but an amazing interior designer that knows how to get the look you want within your budget. Valerie looked at our 1960s bathroom and brainstormed a few ideas with me. Within a week she delivered a project proposal with estimate. Throughout the planning phase, Valerie’s years of experience remodeling and designing homes was so helpful. She was able to tell us what items would help us get the most bang for our buck, how to maximize square footage, and upgrades that would help achieve that “wow factor” in the space. Before we started the project, she gave us a final estimate with contingency built in. I was so impressed with how detailed she was before the project even began and knew we had made the right choice for our project. Valerie was on-site almost every day throughout the project, checking on progress and giving me updates as needed. She has a true talent for design and my husband and I are so happy with our renovated master bathroom. Valerie’s ability to see my vision for the space and execute was amazing! Hiring a designer/contractor to manage your renovation is the best decision you will make! Valerie came in right on budget for our project and we will definitely be using Design Directions in the future! She is amazing and definitely the best in OKC!"

-Renee Flood

The end result is a beautiful, functional kitchen of the highest quality...

"Design Directions (Valerie and Keith Helgelson) designed and remodeled my new kitchen and living room and beautifully handled every aspect of it from start to finish. I had several contractors look at the space and all of the ideas were very similar to what I had at the time until Valerie looked at it. She listened to what I was trying achieve and designed a beautiful new open space. After that, they managed all of the contractors and oversight. Knowing that my free time was very limited, Valerie sent pictures of items and brought samples to me so I didn't have to go to the individual stores. They monitored all the activity and ensured the next contractor was in line and ready to go when it was time for plumbing, electrical, inspections, etc. resulting in an on-time and on-budget completion of the project. The end result is a beautiful, functional kitchen of the highest quality along with an updated living area that blends perfectly with the kitchen space. When I get ready for the next remodel, Design Directions will definitely be my only call."

-Keren McLendon

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