FORT MYERS, Fla., November 12, 2009 — Robb & Stucky Interiors, one of North America’s largest home furnishings and interior design companies, has been engaged to direct the complete room renovation of the 155-unit Carriage House in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Managed by Outrigger Lodging Services, the Carriage House is currently used as both a hotel and vacation ownership property. Built in the ‘70s, the nine-story building is located one block from the Strip, between the MGM Grand and the Planet Hollywood Hotel and in close proximity to the new City Center project to open in December.
“Like many of our long-term projects,” explained Gail Huff, ASID, NCIDQ, the senior designer from Robb & Stucky Interiors, “we are doing much more than simply replacing furniture. A total refurbishment like this must be done in several phases to enable the property to remain open for guests while work is underway and to accommodate budgets. The first step – the design process – was completed after meetings with the property’s General Manager, Amy Lowell to determine the needs of the client and their guests. During this process, we decided what had to be done in terms of construction renovation and selected styles, colors, and the furnishings that would be needed. We chose a very organic, contemporary style, which creates an environment of elegant serenity with supple fabrics and rich espresso wood tones.”
After completion of the design phase, the next step will be construction renovation, the installation of new bathroom flooring, complete kitchens with new cabinetry, cook-top microwave, sink and under-counter refrigerator. All new furnishings for the Carriage House will include custom headboards, nightstands and an opposite wall that will function as a desk/dresser and location for a flat-screened television. Robb & Stucky is custom manufacturing many items and will ship and install them as units are completed.
Added Lowell, “We wanted to work with a local company that could handle the entire turnkey project. They helped us with design, fabrication, installation and warehousing of materials. Throughout the entire process, they have been extremely well organized and highly responsive to our needs while understanding the importance of maintaining the uniqueness of our building.”
When the renovations are completed, Huff says, “This will be an end-of-the-day sanctuary with a home-away-from-home feel for the timeshare visitor or guest to the Las Vegas Carriage House.”
Working in conjunction with Robb & Stucky designer Jonathan Wheat, ASID, Huff adds that the design team plans to take down about 25 units at a time, completing the first phase within eight months from the start date. Huff and Wheat have more than three decades of combined interior design experience, having added their design touch to properties from Hong Kong to Luxembourg and Orlando to Palm Springs.
“In handling either short, or long-term projects like this one,” she explains, “Robb & Stucky Interiors has tremendous experience in not only selecting furnishings that are ideal for each property, but also the ability to design, manufacture, and warehouse the materials until they are ready for installation. We believe in long-term relationships like this one with Carriage House. Because of our deep resources and our ability to custom design pieces unique to each property – always working within the resort or HOA’s design budget – we can do total renovations of a closed project, or in stages, as much or as little as the clients require.“
Added Dan Lubner, President Resort Division for Robb & Stucky Interiors, “When working with a hospitality client like the Carriage House, we provide our design work, installation, and coordination fees without charge, focusing on creating and manufacturing the furnishings for each property with our own in-house capabilities. These solutions are offered to allow the maximum percentage of the developers’ budget to be utilized for furnishings.”
Founded in 1915 in Fort Myers, Florida, Robb & Stucky is a nationally respected interior design and premier furnishings retailer with showrooms in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Costa Rica as well as nine Robb & Stucky patio stores and one of the nation’s largest team of licensed interior designers. In 2009, the company was named an Alliance Partner for the internationally respected Preferred Hotel Group, providing interior design services for Preferred Hotel Group’s 700+ member hotels, resorts and fractional properties in more than 70 countries. Interval International recently named Robb & Stucky to its prestigious Interval Affiliate Advantage program, making its design services available to Interval International member resorts. For more information, visit http://www.robbstucky.com/
Image: Gail Huff of Robb & Stucky Interiors
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Dan Lubner at 239-561-6070
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