Common Problems Associated with Tiled Floors

Common Problems Associated with Tiled Floors

It takes a lot of preparation to be able to tile your kitchen and bathroom floors correctly. While the process might not be quite as difficult as fabricating an entirely new set of cabinets and rewiring your whole electrical system, there are still a variety of challenges associated with installing tile flooring. Here are a few of those problems: Loose tiles. By far the most common problem with tiled floors is when tiles come loose. The tile might sound hollow or have a grinding sound when pressure is put on it, or it might actually fully come off the floor. This is a particularly big problem when tile is placed directly on concrete slabs. There are a number of reasons the tile could loosen, including a lack of soft or control joints around the perimeter and in the tilework. Ceramic tiles often expand and contract depending on the moisture and Continue reading

Large tiles for big impact

Large format tiles have been increasing in popularity for some time now. As technology has improved, manufacturers are able to produce thinner, more durable ceramic tiles in sizes not previously feasible. With that improvement in technology has come a corresponding reduction in price, making large format tiles something accessible to ever-widening audiences. From a design perspective, large tiles can serve a number of purposes: they can create the illusion of depth in small spaces, giving length and depth with their dramatic proportions; they can provide a more modern look, in contrast to the small, square tiles that have been available for millennia; and they can lend a clean, sleek look by minimizing the appearance of grout lines.   Photo credit: Hastings tile and bath Large format subway tiles in bold patterns create a dramatic and clean backdrop for a modern vanity.     Photo credit: Arizona Tile This bath shows Continue reading

The Remodeling Process Takes Time, Here’s Why:

“Why is my remodel taking so long?” This is something I hear a lot lately, and as a person who prides herself on exceptional customer service, it makes me cringe! But it’s a question that needs answering: why is it taking so long just to get these projects designed, bid, approved by the homeowners and into the production queue? I’ve got a few ideas. Getting into the queue: Since the burst of the housing bubble, if you’re still in business, you’ve trimmed your staff significantly. For a small to mid-size architectural/design firm, that means that you’ve cut back to one or two designers who perform most all the office functions; the designers are now acting as not only designers but they answer phones, work the front desk, serve as production assistants, estimators, etc. The owner might be taking care of the sales and administration on top of being the design Continue reading

Park Hill Home Tour

Last week, we had an amazing opportunity to share Debra’s personal home as well as the Debra Toney product with nearly 2,000 community members as part of the Park Hill Home Tour. On a hot September Sunday, seven homeowners opened their doors to the community, and Debra was one of them. Though her home was by far the smallest home on the tour, we think it packed the most punch. The newly remodeled bungalow is a model for urban living. Debra gutted nearly all the interior walls during the redesign, and the result is an open floor plan perfect for the way we live. The Home Tour’s brochure cited the space’s rich color combinations that create a retro ambiance, the flow and space provided by the layout, and the kitchen-centric design suited for modern living as highlights of the home. When a home is built with the homeowner’s use in mind, the Continue reading

Kitchen & Bath Designer – Yes! Designer Price – NO!

Remodeling kitchens and bathrooms is a hot topic these days. A designer’s services will assure you of quality and distinctive style, but you may question – will a designer remodel break your bank? Debra Toney emphatically says, “NO!” “We believe that an investment in good design enhances one’s quality of life and should be available to everyone and priced accordingly, “states Debra Toney, 3 Week Kitchens – Baths in A Week. Previously a well respected builder of homes in the premier Denver neighborhoods, Cherry Creek, Crestmoor, Hilltop and Park Hill, Toney now focuses her expertise on design services for remodeling, with a specialty in kitchens and bathrooms. “As a builder, I have been very mindful of project costs at every stage of every project. As your designer, I will help you identify your budget and work within it, offering you the latest quality products with exceptional value and workmanship”, Toney Continue reading

What’s Taking So Long??

“Why is my remodel taking so long?” This is something I hear a lot lately, and as a person who prides herself on exceptional customer service, it makes me cringe! But it’s a question that needs answering: why is it taking so long just to get these projects designed, bid, approved by the homeowners and into the production queue? I’ve got a few ideas. Getting into the queue: Since the burst of the housing bubble, if you’re still in business, you’ve trimmed your staff significantly. For a small to mid-size architectural/design firm, that means that you’ve cut back to one or two designers who perform most all the office functions; the designers are now acting as not only designers but they answer phones, work the front desk, serve as production assistants, estimators, etc. The owner might be taking care of the sales and administration on top of being the design Continue reading

Remodeling in the Denver Polo Club

Clients in the Denver Polo Club were looking to update their master bath before putting their home on the market. The existing master suite consisted of: the bedroom area, separate his and her baths, and an office. In a previous remodel, the office was converted into a walk-in closet.After Michelle Ku met with the clients to discuss their goals and desires, she developed three floor plan options all within the existing footprint of the two baths. The clients wanted his and her water closets and vanities along with a jetted tub and a shower. Since it was extremely difficult to provide all those amenities within the existing space, Michelle proposed that they incorporate the hallway that was created when the walk-in closet was built, into their bathroom space. This added an additional four feet to the north/south dimension Additionally, we suggested they take one foot from an extra wide walkway Continue reading