From vision board to reality

Let Brooksby’s custom interiors department help you personalize your space

Created date

September 17th, 2019
Nate Kennedy is the custom interiors coordinator at Brooksby Village.

Nate Kennedy is the custom interiors coordinator at Brooksby Village.

The path from dreaming about your ideal space to making it a reality isn’t always smooth. The task of finding a contractor, negotiating a price, supervising the work, and troubleshooting any problems can deter even the most eager home renovation enthusiast.

But at Brooksby Village, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass., community members have an advantage when it comes to personalizing their living spaces. With one-stop shopping, Brooksby’s custom interiors department helps residents create the apartment home of their dreams.

“We manage every project from start to finish,” says Custom Interiors Coordinator Nate Kennedy, who works with a team of two facilities coordinators, Danna Hernandez and Kalen Hickenbottom. “Residents come to us with their ideas, and we make it happen.”

Kennedy has worked at Brooksby since August 2012, when he accepted a part-time security job. He soon transitioned to a full-time employee, working his way up to security supervisor.

In September 2018, Kennedy changed roles within the community when he took the job of custom interiors coordinator, requiring a skill set he honed as a project manager for a construction company early in his career.

“I like working with residents to personalize their space,” says Kennedy. “It’s rewarding to partner with them to make their apartments feel like home.”

From tearing out walls and adding a kitchen island to installing electrical outlets and USB ports, no idea is too large or too small.

“Countertops, flooring options, window treatments, cabinetry, paint, millwork, electrical—we help residents customize their space in a variety of ways,” says Kennedy.

Early contact, more selections

For those moving to the community, Kennedy contacts them soon after they’ve reserved an apartment.

“Every apartment at Brooksby is renovated before it’s released to a new resident,” says Kennedy. “We replace the flooring and paint and update kitchen countertops and appliances. The earlier we meet with a new resident in the reservation process, the more selections they have.”

Brooksby offers three standard finish packages for ease of decision-making, or residents can make individual design selections.

The custom interiors department also helps existing customers update their apartment homes.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest in the gray and white color palette that’s so popular right now,” says Kennedy.

Once the scope of the project is finalized, the custom interiors team schedules the contractors, oversees the work, and troubleshoots any problems.

“We carefully vet all our contractors,” says Kennedy. “There’s no guesswork for residents wondering if they’ll do a good job or come in on budget. We make sure the work is done to the resident’s satisfaction.”