Home designer Jack Daniel has remodeled and redesigned homes for clients in the metro area since 2005, but he recently began working with the most demanding, exacting client he had ever encountered.
Daniel spent nearly 18 months renovating a “diamond in the rough” he found at 4812 Bocage Lane, transforming the dated 1991 home into a 6,300-square-foot showplace for both his own craft and for Designer Hardware by Faye, where he said he sourced everything.
Daniel, who lives in the Bocage addition near NW 122 and Meridian, became interested in the potential of a disregarded property that went on the market in his neighborhood nearly two years ago. He toured it with several prospective clients, but when none of them found the home to be a fit, Daniel himself made an offer.
“The previous owners had used a lot of pink, and a lot of brass,” said Daniel, who founded his design and construction firm, Bromley Hall Fine Homes, eight years ago.
The design elements he saw there “didn't ruin the house” but neither did they allow the property's potential to show through, Daniel said.
Maralee Skaggs, marketing director for Designer Hardware by Faye, said that Daniel's needs were similar to the needs of many of the showroom's customers.
“It's important that customers get to touch hardware and take home samples,” she said. “Remodeling can come down to very tactile decisions.”
Daniel agreed that he wouldn't make hardware selections without “the ability to feel the weight of something in my hand.”
“That's an experience my clients and I can only get in the showroom,” Daniel said.
Robin Hantla, Designer Hardware's showroom manager, worked with Daniel not only at 430 W Wilshire Blvd., first opened by Faye Norton in 1982, but on the job site as well.
Hantla, a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma's interior design program, said that after a designer or homeowner is satisfied with their selections in the showroom, she takes over by visiting the job site, “counting and measuring, to make sure everybody stays happy.”