You can’t learn all there is to know about demolition from watching a remodeling show on television. A kitchen designer can help you avoid costly mistakes, especially if you contact the designer BEFORE starting any demolition. Surprisingly, many homeowners demolish first and bring in the expert later. That can be an expensive mistake. After making a plan with the designer, if you still want to do your own demolition to save money, that can be discussed as an option.
Another pitfall to avoid is underestimating how long the project will take to complete. Frustrations happen when expectations are not met, so it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the process. For example, there are different lead times for delivery and installation of different products, which is important to plan for in the timeline. Working with a professional designer means you’ll have a plan, someone to coordinate various aspects of the project, and a timeline that will be realistic, barring any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the experts.
FAVORITE ADVENTURE: My passion is traveling. I have visited many countries around the world. I’m driven to see as much of the world as possible by my love for culture and architecture.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: On a regular basis, I love anything that has to do with the outdoors. I’m big on hiking, kayaking and playing various sports.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Anything family owned. New Boston Bakery in Fall River has become my most recent favorite. The atmosphere is calming and comforting and has an inviting aroma that you can smell from the outside. The staff is very friendly and always helps me with my selections as I can be very indecisive. You truly cannot go wrong there.
FAVORITE THING TO COOK: I do love to cook, mostly recipes that have been passed down in my family throughout many generations. For me that is mostly Portuguese-based food and Spanish-based food. I think it’s important to never forget where you came from and this is part of my way of doing that.
Inspiration, Education and Training
Nicole's interest started developing at a young age, as her father’s career inspired her to follow in his footsteps. In fact, she comes from a family of contractors and construction workers. With a career in the building industry as her goal, she attended Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School and selected Carpentry and Cabinetmaking as her focus. Many teachers mentored her in developing her natural abilities, building her skill set to excel with state competitions in the categories of hands-on projects and public speaking. Nicole also participated in community service projects, such as re-siding and shingling nursing homes and senior centers and re‐finishing the cabins at Camp Welch through the Boys & Girls Club.
In her senior year, Nicole was one of the first students to start in the Co‐Op Program and chose to work for National Lumber at the Reliable Truss and Components manufacturing location. She used her carpentry skills and worked for multiple departments. Nicole started in the Custom Fabrication Department as an apprentice and worked her way up through the company gaining experience. During her time at Reliable Truss, she met Brandy Souza, Vice President of Kitchen Views. Brandy took an interest in her cabinetmaking and carpentry experience and encouraged Nicole to further her education in Interior Design. That led to earning a certificate at MassBay.
Nicole has been with Kitchen Views for over two years and plans to grow her career here. She’s also a member of the Diman Regional Advisory Board for the Carpentry and Cabinetmaking Shop to give back to the community that helped her become the person she is today. Her involvement includes helping to keep the shop current and encouraging the students to look further to the future and explore the potential opportunities that their vocational training gives them.