The dynamic husband-and-wife team of Cameron Johnson and Joelle McLaren have owned and operated the California Closets Edmonton franchise since 2004 and purchased the Calgary franchise in 2011. How do they feel about it? Hear it from them: "We are passionate about helping people find a solution to their homes. There is nothing more rewarding than working with customers to develop a solution that fits their needs perfectly and then touching base with them when the project is completed. We can now offer that same high-quality service and craftmanship to the entire province. We couldn't be happier to have added Calgary and Southern Alberta into the fold."
Every customer is different and every space that I design for them is unique. I take the time to discover what their vision is and then design accordingly.Prior to joining the California Closets team in 2006, I was a professional house painter, doing estimating and colour consultations. It’s a great feeling to know that every time I design a new space it will be life changing for the customer.
I understand the value of getting to know my customers. I listen and observe each person’s needs and desires, keep their budget in mind, and work very hard to design the storage system that works for the individual. Listening is the key to determining what is really important to my clients.
“The space within becomes the reality of the building.” - Frank Lloyd Wright I like to listen to my customers. Meeting in their homes really helps me understand how they live, how they see and use their space, and what is important to them. I want to build a relationship that's much more than just a business transaction.
Everyone is an individual with different needs and desires. My job is to develop a space into something that is not only functional, but also designed to express a client’s individuality. I have worked in residential and commercial construction in Alberta since 2002. I work diligently to keep all aspects of a project in mind, from blue sky thinking, to design, to manufacturing processes.
I love working with people on a one-on-one basis to help de-clutter their lives and maximize the storage space in their homes. There is nothing better than seeing a client excited about a space designed just for them! One of our strenghts at California Closets is listening to our customers, learning about their lifestyle, and designing a solution that fits their life perfectly. Most people have much more room than they think they have. It's my job to unlock the hidden storage potential.
Helping people simplify their lives with a California Closets storage solution makes me happy. I can see it in their body language. There is a palpable sense of satisfaction and joy and from that point the de-cluttering becomes contagious. I like to get to know the needs of clients, how they operate, and how they function. In a sense, the advent of a design comes from “walking a day in their shoes” - and at the end of the day they get to put those shoes in a nice closet
My approach with clients is one of simplicity and understanding. Being able to relate to the client on numerous levels is something I strive for. I was part of the installation team for three years prior to joining the design team in 2010, so I have a very unique perspective, having now worked both ends of the spectrum.
I love working with people and I want to make sure that I give every customer a quality design solution that fits their unique space and way of life. When I have a happy customer I know I have done my job right. I have always had a passion and eye for design and my job here at California Closets allows me to collaborate with people in a meaningful way that will change the way they live.
I like taking the time to listen to customers and understanding their wants and needs. This helps me to better design to the ideal storage solution for their particular situation. My background is in visual merchandising and it has given me a good eye for esthetics.
Everyday is a new challenge and I find it very rewarding to meet with clients in their homes to help organize and create spaces to truly enjoy. Finding a place for everything and solutions to everyday needs is my goal and I strive to make the California Closets experience seamless and unique for each of my clients.
My clients are amazing! Every time I enter their home I feel so honored that they are inviting me into their space. This keeps me motivated to give them more than what they originally envisioned. I want to give them an experience they won’t forget so I might have the opportunity to work for them again in the future.
When meeting each client, I arrive ready to listen and excited to create a custom solution! I have been working in the art and design industry since 1997. With an industrial design background, I am focused on the balance of form, function, and style. It’s a balance that can definitely be achieved. We can achieve this with attention to all aspects of the project, from the customer’s needs to awareness of manufacturing techniques.