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  • Green Innovations

    Written by Amy, January 03, 2013

    GreenIs your New Years Resolution to be more Green? We are always on the look out for new environmentally friendly products and green innovations and we want to share them with you.  Going Green is easy with these new and innovative designs! Move over fluorescent, the new even more energy efficient light bulb is the LED. 1 LED light bulb is equivalent to 25 incandescent bulbs or 3 fluorescent.  LE ...... (Read More)

  • Vacation Homes & IRS – Personal or Rental Property?

    Written by Beverly, January 26, 2011

    Living in Breckenridge, Colorado, where the majority of homes are “second homes,” this is an oft asked, or ignored, question of consequence. The way IRS looks at your property depends on how you use it. And how you use it, which is presumably within your control, dictates varying tax benefits. For the purpose of this discussion, the second home is classified as a personal home or as a rental proper ...... (Read More)

  • Interested in Saving an Extra $200 a Year?

    Written by Natasha, November 30, 2010

    Did you know that according to Energy Star, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with a more efficient, ENERGY STAR-qualified model can cut your annual energy bill by more than $200 depending on where you live? That’s a lot of money that we could be saving if only we were a little more conscious, as consumers, of the products we purchase. There are many ways that we can all do our part ...... (Read More)

  • Searching for a Quick Holiday Gift Idea?

    Written by Natasha, November 29, 2010

    Are you searching for that perfect gift to get that special someone this holiday season? Whether they're a design enthusiast, a stamp collector or a music buff, you can never go wrong with getting them a good book. There are a number of national book retailers that offer a fabulous selection including Amazon, Rizzoli USA, Barnes & Noble online and Borders Books online. They'll usually ship anywhere in ...... (Read More)

  • Tax Changes Possibly Affecting Second Homeowners & Landlords

    Written by Beverly, November 11, 2010

    In case you missed this fact in our introduction about Design One Interiors, co-owner Bob Voss is a Certified Public Accountant and the Business Manager for the company.  In this section Bob will offer commentary or suggestions on how it may be possible to minimize your tax dollars as it relates to transactions associated with your interior design and related real estate transactions.  It is s ...... (Read More)

  • Bathroom Remodel

    Written by Beverly, October 01, 2010

    Design One Interiors has been increasingly involved in bathroom remodel and home renovation projects as owners here in Breckenridge and Summit County continue to upgrade their second homes and investment properties.  We know from years of statistics that single and multi-family homeowners get the largest return on their renovation dollar on their kitchens and bathrooms. A study published by Realtor Magazin ...... (Read More)

  • A Tax Tip for Home Renovations

    Written by Beverly, September 09, 2010

    What kind of tax issues can there be with interior design projects?  You might be surprised.  But for our tax tip today, let me start with something very common but too often overlooked. Say you have an aged condominium unit in Breckenridge that you have decided to renovate from the ground up.  Also, this property is intended to be a rental property held for investment purposes.  The renovation will cos ...... (Read More)

  • Home Office – Do You Qualify?

    Written by Beverly, July 08, 2010

    As an ever increasing number of “work from home” executives build their primary and secondary homes in resort areas such as Breckenridge, Colorado we wonder how many may qualify for the benefits of a “home office” tax deduction.  This article will not delve into all the requirements that must be met (and there are many) in order to qualify for such a deduction as they are well outlined at here. Our ...... (Read More)

  • There’s a Tax Credit for That!

    Written by Natasha, June 23, 2010

    You may remember our post from back in March called "A Tax Tip for Home Renovations" where we helped give homeowners some money-saving to put to use before beginning their next renovation. Well we're here to help you with some more tax talk, this time with a breakdown from Energy Star on how much you can save with the tax credit for energy efficient windows, doors and skylights. Here’s some info from Ene ...... (Read More)

  • Budgeting – “The Forgotten Expense”

    Written by Beverly, May 04, 2010

    A good designer must work within a client’s budget…assuming they can get that critical number from their client in the first place.  Working without a budget, or an unreasonable budget, often generates wasteful work for the designer and possible false expectations for the client. We discussed in a prior article the importance of a detailed line by line itemization of the costs of the design engagement. ...... (Read More)