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Posted on September 23 , 2013 In Uncategorized

How much does a website cost?

 As a web designer, this is without a doubt the most difficult question a person can ask me. This is the equivalent of asking “How much does a car cost?” or “How much does a vacation cost”? The only answer is simply, “it depends.” If a family of four takes a week-long trip to Disney World and stays in a five-star resort, the cost of that vacation is going to be very different than the vacation cost of the couple who takes a weekend road trip to a quaint bed and breakfast 50 miles away. The same goes for websites. It all depends on what you want your website to be able do, the message you want to send, and the desired functionality for your users. Every web design project is so different that it is nearly impossible to quantify exactly how much it’s going to cost without knowing very specific details of your project.

No Two Websites are Alike

Ask any agency or freelancer out there for a website design quote, and you could see prices that range anywhere from $500 to $500,000. The low end of this spectrum might include an out-of-the-box template using stock images with very little customization; the high end might be a large custom-built website with corresponding mobile app, content creation, blog management, professional photography and video production elements. It can really vary based on the client’s vision of the end goals of the website.

Given the endless possibilities when it comes to deciding how to build a website, here are a few questions I like to ask before entering into a new client/designer relationship:

  1. Is this a new website or are you redesigning?
  2. Have you given any thought about how you want your new site to look, or are we starting from scratch?
  3. Do you need the ability to frequently update content on your site?
  4. Do you have content written, or will you require content creation?
  5. Do want your site to have multimedia elements like video?
  6. Will you need custom graphics or photography?
  7. Will you need us to set up domain hosting for your site?
  8. Will you require ongoing support or maintenance after the site has launched?

Each answer given is going to contribute to the total cost of the site as well as the total time it will take to build the site.

You Get What You Pay For

What many fail to realize is that it is very difficult to say to a designer, “Just make me a website!” There are a lot of considerations that go into a successful site, and you need to find someone who is going to be able to help you create something that will help grow your business and establish your online presence. There are plenty of free services out there, but if you want a custom website with unique content, photos and/or videos, and the security of ongoing maintenance, you’re going to have to pay to play.

Ultimately, a website design costs what you want it to cost, but if you pay enough to establish a trusting designer/client relationship with a  reputable designer, you’re more likely to be satisfied with the end result.


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Posted on April 4 , 2013 In Uncategorized

The Possibilities of Upcycling…

Most of you know when I need a break from the computer I spend my time at my craft desk. Lately I have been experimenting with Upcycling. I do love the idea of taking something headed for the landfill and turning it into something worthy of keeping or giving as a gift. Here is a picture of a really sweet gift card holder I made from a toilet paper tube.

TP Gift Card Holder

TP Gift Card Holder

The bottom is stapled shut, then the tube is covered with Scrapbook papers, fabric and lace. The gift card is placed in the top, then tied shut with a ribbon.

I must give credit to Denise Groves at the Speckled Feather Mercantile for the idea! If you are ever in New Castle, Colorado, be sure to stop by the shop to see what other projects we are working on.

Posted on July 31 , 2012 In Uncategorized

Speckled Feather Mercantile

Speckled Feather MercantileIt is so much fun to get to design something just for yourself! In March I, along with 2 amazing partners, opened up the Speckled Feather Mercantile here in New Castle, CO. It is a store full of just about anything you can think of! We have 27 local artists in the shop selling everything from scrapbooking supplies to tutus. We have a large collection of locally-made foods, jewelry and hand-painted fishing lures.Classes are offered in the Craft Cafe on paper crafts, jewelry-making and more!

The shop is at 303 W. Main Street so if you are coming through New Castle be sure to stop by, or keep in touch with all the happenings at

Posted on July 31 , 2012 In Uncategorized

Lizzie’s Main Street Coffee House

If you have been to the coffee house on Main Street New Castle, you might have noticed the new look of the place. Bright colors, bold wall graphic and a new owner, Liz Cook.  Liz asked EHD to create a new logo for the coffee shop that reflected her fun new look. Be sure to drop by and compliment her on the new business.

Posted on July 29 , 2012 In Uncategorized

New Logo for 2012 Burning Mountain Festival

For the 3rd time, The New Castle CHamber worked with EHD to create a new logo and poster for Burning Mountain Festival. This year’s 40th Burning Mountain Festival in New Castle will be as much steamy summer enjoyment as ever! Named for the underground coal mines that still smolder inside the nearby hillsides, the Burning Mountain Festival offers great community fun for all ages.

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Elyse Hutchinson Design is proud to sponsor Edible Aspens first ever Eat Drink Local week

To be held August 25-31, Events will include heirloom vegetable tasting, gourmet pizzas with locally-sourced ingredients and restaurants around Aspen will be offering Eat Drink Local specials.

Posted on May 24 , 2012 In Uncategorized

The Lunch Loop Margarita!

If you are in Grand Junction and are looking for a quick ride, check out the new 3 Sisters Lunch Loop. When you are done, head over to Dos Hombres for a special Lunch Loop Margarita (and be sure to tell them what a fabulous logo they have!). The perfect finish to a great workout.

Posted on March 22 , 2012 In Uncategorized

Dan Young Studio Reveals New Website

Colorado Plein Air painter Dan Young recently approached Elyse Hutchinson Design for a new look for his online portfolio. After having the same design since the website’s inception, Dan was ready for a fresh, new look that better reflected his distinctive style.

Though Dan is a landscape painter, he likes introducing hints of man’s presence in the landscape.

“Sometimes I feel I’m in a race to paint a disappearing way of life. It’s hard to watch so many of the family farms and ranches being swallowed up by development.”

Young clings strongly to the importance of painting from life. He feels painting from life was the most important stepping stone for his career. Most days you can find him painting along a backroad or beside a mountain lake.

You can view his full portfolio at

Posted on January 30 , 2012 In Uncategorized

Elk Creek Mining Company: New Kids Menu

Strike gold with the whole family at Elk Creek Mining Company! With a new Kids Menu designed by Elyse Hutchinson Design, even the kids will be shouting EUREKA!

Posted on December 12 , 2011 In Uncategorized

The Nest Boutique reveals new Website

Seeking an online look and feel to reflect the unique and one-of-a-kind offerings of their store, The Nest of New Castle, Colorado along with Elyse Hutchinson Design, revealed today their new website.

Along with pictures of the fun items shoppers can expect to find in the shop, the site features bios of the 3 owners and an interactive map by Google.