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