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

Eco-Chic: Sustainable Design for the Bathroom

In bathroom design, “green” is more than just a color. With homeowners adopting a heartfelt commitment to environmental sustainability, manufacturers are following suite and providing solutions for modern families. Creating an eco-friendly bathroom can save money and resources without sacrificing an ounce of performance or elegance. During a bathroom remodel, an easy way to go green is to select low-flow fixtures. Switching to water-efficient plumbing fixtures could save the average household as much as $50 to $100 a year on water and wastewater bills, and also reduces the environmental impact of the household. One beautiful, new option from manufacturer TOTO is their DuoFit In-Wall Tank System. TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer to receive the EPA’s Water Efficiency Leader Award and this design, released this year, reflect what TOTO calls a “commitment to great design, water savings and making life easier for our customers.” This system features a high-efficiency dual 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