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

Designing with your family in mind

Your world revolves around your family. You want your space to suit your family and their needs. A room’s personality should reflect that of your family. By keeping this in mind, you are sure to design and decorate a room that uniquely functions for you and your family. Arranging your furniture for the best traffic flow is important. You don’t want to shuffle around, squeezing through and sliding by. You want to walk around unencumbered. Also, your furniture should direct attention to your room’s natural focal point. Maybe a large window, a fireplace, or an exceptional piece of art is the focus of your room. Lighting is very important, too. Think about what the room will be mainly used for and what types of direct lighting or accent lighting will be needed. Then you can decide what visual impact you wantyour lights to make. Setting the mood Choosing patterns, colors, Continue reading

Decorating Your Conservatory

You might think your furniture would be expensive but consider these two options. choices to be expensive. Outdoor Furniture Lawn accessories and furnishings are relatively cheaper than indoor ones so why not get them instead. Seats are seats anyway and those that are made from natural materials like bamboo or wicker are perfect for creating a relaxed ambiance inside. Coffee and end tables will also suit inside so why bother with expensive items just because they are labelled as for the “inside”. Outdoor furniture are also likely to be on discount at the end of summer so schedule your shopping time around this season to save extra. Customize Older Furniture There are plenty ways of making the items you bought at the cheap look more expensive than what you actually paid for. Place a fresh paint of coat or varnish on tables you salvaged to match other items you have. Continue reading

How To Pick The Best Cabinet Pull

Trying to fit a cabinet accessory at home for the first time might be a scary experience but this will change with time. Once you get a grasp of the functions of of a cabinet and the different selections available in the market, you will have no problems handling it. The knobs and pulls are basically the most significant parts of the cabinet hardware. A pull cabinet will determine how easier it will for you to handle the cabinet when using it any day. Knobs can be fixed by using a screw or a single bolt. In order to be able to open the cabinet door, ensure that you move the knobs with a solid grip. Before buying a cabinet pull, you should put the following factors into considerations: Whether you Have Ever Installed One: If it is your first time installing a cabinet pull, you must make sure to Continue reading

How To Decorate Your Conservatory To Make It More Pleasant

A conservatory has potential to be one of the most relaxing and pleasant rooms in the house. Of course it has lots of large windows and a glass ceiling which enables you to relax and listen to the pitter patter of the rain when it’s wet, and that allows you to enjoy the sun when it’s warm. At the same time as a room that has no ‘purpose’ as such, you don’t need to take up lots of space with a big ugly TV or a large and inconvenient dining table. This is why it’s such a great room to really enjoy decorating. Here we will look at how to make the most of this opportunity. Wood Flooring First of all you will want to make sure that your conservatory feels natural and like a great place to relax and to this end you should try and surround the room Continue reading

From Builder Blah to Designer Divine

Clients in the Hill Top neighborhood of Denver, CO wanted to remove an old worn down kitchen addition and build a larger kitchen for the wife who loves to cook daily meals for her family. For their addition, they had previously worked with a prominent Denver builder however, things did not work out. When the clients came to us, it was agreed that we would use the footprint developed by the builder but, we would take it from there and make it spectacular. We met with the wife to discuss her goals and desires, both functionally and aesthetically. From that point, we developed three floor plan options for the kitchen addition. Option 1 was basically the builder’s kitchen plan but, improved to bring it up to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) kitchen design standards. This gave the client a very small and almost useless island, not much cabinet space, and Continue reading

Powder Room Pizzazz

Powder rooms can be the most challenging room in your home to decorate as they are usually small with no natural light. This is a space that should be opulent & luxurious and it’s an ideal space to step out of the ordinary. This room is a perfect venue to adorn your walls with a tame texture, delicate damask, fun floral or stately striped wallpaper. I know what your thinking wall paper in a bathroom “not a good idea”, however powder rooms have very little moisture build up due to not having a shower or bathtub. Many of us still remember the curse and horror of peeling and out-dated wallpaper that clung to the walls of our homes. It seemed like such a great solution to add a little pizzazz to your room but, as many good ideas go, wallpaper fell short. This once mainstream wall covering went by the 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

“Kitchen-Centric”: The New Standard for Home Design

The role of the kitchen in the house and in the family has changed. Where kitchens of the past were rooms of utility, hidden away in the recesses of a home, now designers and families are recognizing the beauty and function of this space as the core of a home. Almost any host can attest that, try as they might to prevent it and encourage guests into other rooms, the kitchen draws us in. We gather around islands and the kitchen becomes the emotional center of the home. Kitchen-centric design reflects this feeling and creates a space that is as comfortable and well lived in as any living room. In the late 20th Century, the idea of the open kitchen came about, and the walls between family rooms and kitchens were torn down. Now, this idea has evolved, and kitchens are becoming integrated rooms that are completely livable as architecture Continue reading

The Designer Kitchen: Custom, Quality, Personal.

The kitchen is often the heartbeat of the home; it is where memories are made, where friends gather and where family members connect. Something this personal should not be one-size-fits-all. A designer kitchen takes a family’s needs into consideration instead of using a standard mold. “Designer” equates to a kitchen where the finishes are thoughtful and unique to the client, where the space performs at the highest level and still looks beautiful, and a comfortable and functional workspace is created. While builders or general contractors may have seen hundreds of kitchens, they don’t have the same design sensibilities as a designer, says Debra Toney. Designers like Michelle Ku ask specific questions geared toward getting to know a client well before the design and finishes are considered. Everything from how often you play bridge to how often you clean is relevant in designing a kitchen that’s catered to your needs. A Continue reading

FREE One-Room Energy Audit

Our 100th Fan receives a FREE one-room energy audit for their Denver area home! Become a fan today! http://tinyurl.com/ygu866w Also, don’t forget about our Spring Fling special- 20% off cabinetry with Three Week Kitchens, Baths in a Week. There’s never been a better time to remodel with the Debra Toney Companies. Call our office or email today to schedule your in-home consultation. 303.399.2677 debra@debratoney.com

KBIS 2010 Show in Chicago

Some of Debra Toney’s favorites from KBIS2010, held in Chicago last weekend: • Stealth Ultra Low Volume single flush. World’s only .08gal per flush- saving 20,000 gal per year. • Lutron Electronics Meastro Dimmer Switch w/ occupancy sensor- detects fine motions like the turning page of a book to ensure light stays on when room is occupied. • Liebherr XS200: World’s first temperature and humidity controlled counter-top humidifier. Follow @DebraToney on Twitter for lots of updates, trends, and links from Debra’s trip to Chicago. www.twitter.com/DebraToney