Nest Designs Rapid City

NEST Designs, a Black Hills Home & Interior Design Company, is dedicated to helping you create the living and working spaces of your dreams. Our professional team of home designers, interior designers and home remodelers are leading the way in custom home designs throughout the Black Hills region and beyond. Whether you are looking to design a custom home, remodeling a kitchen or bathroom or looking for an interior designer to help you reimagine a space, we’ve got you covered. NEST Designs also offers a beautiful line of home furnishings and décor, to help you add to your existing space.

Design and home renovations is our passion. We turn dreams into realities to create beautifully designed residential and commercial spaces. Our founder Bobbi Buxbaum is also a master artist at creating custom paint finishes. Using 3-Dimensional design technologies and an experienced team of home designers, interior designers and remodelers, we will guide you through the entire design process. Whether you are looking for a designer to consult with on a remodel of your existing home or business, or looking to begin your new construction project, NEST Designs is committed to helping you Feather Your Nest.

Design Dialogue with Diane Knutson

NEST Designs loves connecting with business leaders in Rapid City! We’re always amazed to learn what their vision for their workspaces means for them and their clients or customers.

We recently visited Koko Fit Club on Sheridan Lake Road and spoke to franchise owner Diane Knutson. With 2000 square feet of fitness areas (plus an office, storage and changing rooms), Diane knows that atmosphere is everything. Everything is strategically placed, down to where the electrical outlets are placed. Diane admits, “It takes a lot of effort not to let things get cluttered. Even signage and shelving is kept to a minimum and strategically placed. Everything contributes to the overall experience so that members feel more at ease and focused on their workout.”

Diane Knutson of Koko Fit Club in Rapid City

Diane Knutson of Koko Fit Club in Rapid City

Diane worked with a designer when they opened seven years ago. Acoustics were an important consideration. As Diane explained, “We don’t want any area to be too loud or too quiet. We went with a professional designer because we felt it was important to have the perspective of someone who did this for a living. Our designer took time to understand our needs and what the functionality of this space was, even down to where the power outlets should be placed.”

Koko is open 365 days a year, from 4am to midnight, and location is key. Located in Autumn Hills Plaza, north of Catron Boulevard, Koko has convenient parking with easy access and street visibility – which contributes to their success. “There’s too many excuses not to work out,” Diane shared. “We don’t want location to be another excuse. We want you to think of this as a ‘fitness oasis’.”

Creating a ‘fitness oasis’ feel included adding living plants and photographs of regional scenery, courtesy of Erica Lane Photography. Erica also provided photographs of the night sky, a passion project for Diane who heads a local chapter of the International Dark Sky Movement. Koko uses full cutoff exterior light fixtures to prevent light pollution. They also converted all their interior lighting to LED’s last year to be more energy efficient.

Diane’s own style is modern rustic and her favorite spot in the Black Hills is Founder’s Park, because of their Dark Sky compliant lighting. “I think it’s the best lighting in town. It doesn’t glare at you and you get to enjoy the volleyball courts. They did a great job with the lights in incorporating both functional use and creating beauty.”

Diane Knutson is a wife, mom, business owner and advocate for a healthy community.

Diane Knutson is a wife, mom, business owner and advocate for a healthy community.

Diane’s passion for the environment extends to Koko. They use essential oils to clean, a far cry from many other gym franchises. As Diane remembered, “I once saw a job ad for another gym and the ad said that employees would be exposed to harsh, damaging chemicals. I don’t want my employees or members exposed to that. I want to support people’s  health in all aspects of the gym experience.”

There’s too many excuses not to work out. We want you to think of Koko Fit Club as a ‘fitness oasis’.
— Diane Knutson, owner of Koko Fit Club Rapid CIty

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