Shaun Verda, Design Consultant
For 21 years Hans Riechsteiner operated two very successful coffee shops, first in the Madison Valley and then the First Hill neighborhoods. But being from Switzerland he has always had a passion for chocolate so he sold the cafes and opened a store featuring chocolates from Switzerland: thus, the vision of Ascona Chocolat Suisse was born. When asked about what his favorite part of his chocolate business is, Hans firmly says, "I've found what I want to do for the rest of my life."
We chose California Closets for the interior design of the shop since we had worked with the company to design both office and storage space in our home. We had looked at other companies for the chocolate shop and found the quality of their product and the expertise of the designers to be greatly lacking by comparison. Shaun Verda, our designer, helped us with both the work done in our home and the shop. She is excellent, has a great deal of expertise as well as patience. We love the look and feel of the chocolate shop and are always complimented on the design.
Hans Riechsteiner, Ascona Chocolat Suisse
California Closets Experience -
I have worked with California Closets on two high-rise apartment projects since 2011 and they have delivered and excelled in all aspects of the construction process. The two high-rise apartment projects consisted of a 17-story 236 Unit and a 40-story 386 Unit complex. On both projects California Closets has had great communication skills, a strong knowledge of construction, and constantly delivering a great product. They are extremely good to work with during the design phases and working with our interior designers on coordinating the final finishes. They continuously met all the dates of delivery and install that was requested of them from the beginning of the projects to the final closeout. They run their own Quality Control program and are excellent in ensuring that there will be no issues in the field when they are ready to install. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with California Closets and look forward to working with them in the future as they have shown great success on both of our high-rise apartment projects.
Mitch Pratt, Holland Construction – Associate Project Manager
The entire process was easy, professional and high quality. Shaun Verda was great. She maximized every inch of our closet to perfection.
-Wendy K., Seattle WA
Shaun Verda provided all the information and some very good suggestions for closet design. I am very satisfied with the results. The use of the graphics on the computer was very helpful in understanding the design.
-Nancy C., Seattle WA
Shaun Verda did an outstanding job. Very knowledgeable, professional and customer oriented. Great job!
- Janice L., Issaquah WA
I had a wonderful experience with California Closets--from the website to installation. Everyone went smoothly and I had great communication with our designer, Shaun Verda, through out the process.
- Tasha A., Seattle WA
Shaun Verda your Design Consultant was great, she drove over an hour to meet with us and she did it after her normal working hours so it would work with our schedule. She was very knowledgeable about the products and what would work best for our closet.
-Michael C., Oak Harbor, WA
Each phase of the experience happened exactly as described and at the time it was scheduled. The consultation was excellent. Designer was knowledgeable, helpful, eager for the final product to suit our needs. Shaun was able to produce the design I described on the spot and then, based on her measurements of our space and thoughts I had as I saw the design emerge, she made changes to the plan. I was surprised at the variety of finishes and hardware available. Shaun gave me a price and an installation date right then. The installers came exactly on time on the appointed day. Paul and Louie did a fantastic job. They were so careful with the surrounding area and all of our things, including the hardwood floor. We have white walls and there was not a mark or smudge left behind. They worked so hard for 3 hours and when they were finished we had a lovely home office area customized for our space and needs.
-Mary Ann, Seattle
You are a delight and I wish we were next door neighbors. You did such a good job for me and I show off my closets to anyone who gets near. Never had closets I could show off before. I gave your card to my friend that's moving out to Timber Ridge. Best to you.
We are very happy and thank you for assisting in this major project. I can't tell you how much enjoyment I have already experienced from the linen closet. I am happy we upscaled the wood too. The wall bed will be so useful and nice to have shuffling room in the bedroom. I love the table too, I think it will be my desk. Thanks so much. It was a pleasure doing business with you and California Closets!
-Brian B, Mill Creek
I love the closet! I put everything away and it all fit perfectly. It looks so neat and organized that I have opened it up just to admire it from time to time. The toe kick at the base of the shelving was just enough to give things a nicely finished look. Thank you very much for designing a closet we are so pleased with.
-Lynne S, Bellevue
Thank you so much for making the latest additions to our home so functional and beautiful. The bookcase in our library is so elegant. The new cabinets in the laundry room created so much more usable space and help keep one of the hubs of the house orderly. Your attention to detail and scheduling were greatly appreciated, and the quality of the materials and workmanship were evident throughout the project.
California Closets has made it an easy transition from no storage to ample storage with a combination of function plus beauty. I find myself gazing at it in awe. I told our guests last night while we were sitting at the kitchen table witha view of the unit that I am not one to put material over people, but if they find me gazing off in the direction of the unit, it is because it is so new and unaccustomed to look -- and with a brief gaze every now and then -- it takes me by surprise how handsome it is. Thank you Shaun, we appreciate your helping and completing this project for us.
-Beth B, Mill Creek
As usual, another job well done. The pantry has more room than before, in fact, I have empty shelves yet to fill which is terrific. Thank you again for your help, I will be sure and refer you to all our friends. Thank you again!
Everything went really well and the result is as I expected. As always the installer did a great job. Have not started loading it up yet -- frankly it's too cold out there! Thanks again.
The install went very well and the closet systems look terrific. A real nice finishing touch for the top floor, we could not be more pleased with them. I too am looking forward to getting the downstairs done and phase two completed. My wife wants that office space I keep promising her. I will keep you in the loop as I get closer to being ready.
Just a note to express our complete satisfaction on the job you did for us. It exceeded our expectations. Thank you again.
-DJ & Shirley
Yes -- It went well. My installer was Bobby. He arrived promptly at 12, and took his shoes off without being asked. I was impressed. I do like the system a lot - it's sturdy and attractive. I had a few friends come over to ceremoniously hang some things in it! Thanks for checking in Shaun.
The installation went great. Bobby was a doll and I would definitely want him for the next round of closets. I am looking forward to spending time next weekend working on it. Thanks for checking on me and hope we can work together again soon.
Thank you very much for making our closets look so beautiful, and Bobby did a great job. I am thinking about more drawer dividers, but I have not decided yet. I will let you know if I need more. Thank you.
Thanks so much for checking on us. The install went very well and we are very happy with them. I came home from work and started putting quickly putting things away. They hold everything perfectly and I feel so nice and organized now. Thanks for all your help and best wishes.
The closet was installed and is wonderful!!! Can't wait to get the pantry done. The remodel has been on hold due to the weather but hope to resume soon. Thanks again for your help. I will let you know when we get closer with the pantry.
Installation went great. Geoff did a super job (especially given our warped 1945 walls). I did start to put stuff away and I think the design is just right, it is holding even more than I hoped. My 4 year-old was all jazzed to help put stuff away too! Thanks for all your help and patience in our decision making. We also really like the color of the wood and knobs. Best regards.
The closets are all installed and are looking really good. I can't tell you how excited and happy I am. They look amazing. It was great working with you and your installers were quick and professional. We are very pleased. I just got done organizing all my tank tops and it's on to pants when I'm done emailing. Thanks again!
-Tiffany & Jon
I just wanted to thank you so much for your help in transforming our laundry room. We LOVE IT! We are thinking of some closet work that we may want to do at some point later this year so I will be in contact when we are ready. Thanks again!
-Janis & Todd S
Shaun, thanks for the follow up. What a great sales process you all have (we could use some bettering here!). I think we are 4-5 months from installing a system in our garage. Will definitely call you when we are ready.
I wanted to make a point of following up to express complete satisfaction with the closet installation in our new condo at 5th and Madison. Tom, the installer, did an excellent job and left the work place in immaculate condition. It's so encouraging to have a process that flowed smoothly from the initial consultation with you through delivery. I thank you for making this such an easy and satisfying process!
The installation went great - those guys were the best - poof! and it was done. Thank you for your great planning, the configuration is great and very functional and it does look just wonderful. The wood is beautiful!
I have the baby's closet all loaded up already! The closets and shelves all look perfect. Thanks so much for your help! I will keep your email handy in case we decide to do some other rooms!
We are very pleased with your product. Everything is now in order. When we have an additional project that your firm could assist, we would gladly seek your expertise. Thank you.
-Ron & Shannon
It looks GREAT!! I took pictures,but haven't been home long enough to transfer them into the computer. When I do, I'll send some to you. Or better yet, stop by and see it! We really liked Casey. He did a great job and worked so hard. Thanks for everything.
Everything went off without a hitch -- installers were prompt and professional and the closets looked great. We're still putting things away, but have made a lot of progress, and I feel much calmer as a result. Thanks.
I love my job! With over 9 years of California Closets design experience and a degree in Business Administration, I am proud to be a part of the California Closets team. My primary goal is to meet the unique needs of my clients and to provide exceptional customer service along with outstanding designs and solutions. I look forward to collaborating with each client individually and helping create a perfect space.
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