All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

Do you take your bath towels and bath mat for granted? If you’re like most of us, you probably use them every day without much thought to where they are stored or how they are preserved. Whether you have a large or small bathroom, it’s important to make sure that towels and mats have enough space to properly dry between uses. Otherwise, they’ll quickly turn musty and moldy. Maybe you’ve even experienced this in your current bathroom. Remodeling your bathroom is a great time to re-evaluate how these essentials are stored in between uses. Don’t skimp on the small stuff — here are a few ideas for caring for your bath towels and bath mats. Hooks, Bars, and Racks No matter how small your bathroom, there’s room to properly hang bath towels and a bath mat. One of the most popular options is a towel bar that’s mounted to the Continue reading

Re-imagine Your Bathroom Vanity with These Ideas

Re-imagine Your Bathroom Vanity with These Ideas

In an age of Freecycle, Craigslist, and secondhand stores, something old has the potential to take on new life before it ends up in a landfill. Before you look at buying a new piece of furniture for your bathroom, consider what items you might be able to re-purpose. Inspiration might be closer than you think, and these unconventional ideas will bring a unique touch to your bathroom. Desks and Dressers If you took away the cabinets below the sink in your bathroom vanity, it would probably look a lot like a desk. So, it’s no surprise that desks can be used as vanity replacements to bring a vintage look to your bathroom. Beyond a unique look, desks are surprisingly functional as vanities, too. Drawers on the sides are ready-made storage and the space where a chair would go leaves plenty of room for plumbing. One element that might not adapt Continue reading

Fun Renovations for a Kids’ Bathroom

Fun Renovations for a Kids’ Bathroom

Whether it’s potty training or brushing their teeth, there are many reasons why your child might dislike the bathroom. But, bathrooms don’t have to necessarily mean doom and gloom. With a few simple changes, a kids’ bathroom can be transformed into a place they are excited to spend time in rather than one they dread:   Choose Bright Colors and Patterns Kids are drawn to bright colors, and the bathroom is the perfect place to indulge their creativity. Letting them choose the color means they will feel a greater sense of ownership over the room and be more likely to use it. If they change their mind or come up with a new favorite color, swapping out what’s on the walls is as easy as a new coat of paint. And, don’t stop at just one color. Consider bold rainbow stripes for fun patterns like polka dots and zigzags. Where Continue reading

Make the Most of a Small Bathroom

A bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a house, but it’s also one of the most difficult to change. Plumbing can be difficult and costly to move, especially if you are trying to make a small bathroom larger. If you are not able to renovate, don’t let a small bathroom get you down. Instead, use these ideas to make the most of the space you have. You’ll be surprised how much larger a bathroom can feel with just a few small changes. Use Every Inch of Space From towels to toiletries, there are a lot of things we need to keep in the bathroom. It can quickly feel cluttered if bottles and other items are taking up valuable counter space. To counteract this problem, consider adding storage in places you might not have thought of before. The easiest place to start is above the toilet. Most bathrooms do Continue reading

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