"Breaking Down Walls" Designer/Project Manager
"Breaking Down Walls" Designer/Project Manager

"Breaking Down Walls" Designer/Project Manager

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Introduction: Hello! My name is Penny Oliver, I am a design consultant and remodeling project manager I am passionate about design and I am passionate about connecting with others. What is "design"? It is both a verb and a noun. Whether you know it, you are always designing! In fact, as creative beings, we cannot avoid “designing". We design everything from our intimate relationships to the tiniest details of our life and environments. The truth is, we most often design by default - which is where I come in. I want to help you add structure, beauty and purpose to your life through thoughtful, intuitive design techniques. I want to help you intentionally create your environment and life experience by tapping into purpose and desire. When you know what you want you are more likely to get it! Next comes Change! Every construction project involves change. Change inevitably stirs things up. It opens doors and creates opportunity; opportunity to look at how you live day to day and how you feel in your environment. I like to ask questions like, “What are your patterns, habits and behaviors in a given environment and what would you like to see different?” What is frustrating about your current situation and what is pleasurable? These questions, and more, will prepare and guide you through the process of change. With change as our catalyst, great design will create clarity, joy, excitement, ease, comfort and contentment. With all that in mind, I hope that you will call me before you are standing in the midst of a project wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into! A little about me. I am both an artist and an observer of human behavior. Because of my upbringing I have been inadvertently trained to observe my surroundings, find the best way through while avoiding difficulty. This natural tendency serves me especially well during remodeling as a project manager. I naturally want to anticipate problems before they arise and mitigate issues in real time vs, after they’ve been executed. I strive to have a working environment that is non-judgmental and is focused on solutions. I am fueled by team work and I highly value the trades and craftsmen and women I work with. Other reasons to hire a designer- Hiring a designer can actually save you time and money. How many times have you or a friend had a room painted the color on a swatch that looked nice in the store only to find it is garish on the wall? Or, have you ever purchased furniture, rugs or decor only to find that they don't fit or you don't like the look. I can help you to "see" and plan effectively to eliminate or reduce these types of experiences. Designers like myself have access to efficient personalized service at tile, flooring, fabric, decor and furniture shopping sites! We are tapped into the industry and can help you save time and money while gaining beautiful spaces in the end. We have trusted sources to get the work done. Trades people we have worked with in the past or new contacts we have gathered through our networks. You won't regret having a creative facilitator like myself on your team. Services Offered (although not an exhaustive list :) **Remodeling design and layout/floor plans to the 1/2” (demo stage may create adjustments to these design plans) **Art Consultation, acquisition and installation **Interior Design services- selecting materials, sourcing, purchasing etc. **Project Management —hiring and organizing trades, overseeing the work, arranging shipments, meeting trades at the site- managing the demo and reinstall. virtually all aspects of a remodel. My services include features such as... **an initial project proposal with details of our communication and proposed time line with costs for my services (materials and goods will be separate). **organized to-do lists **physical and online shopping- (btw I love finding vintage or repurposed pieces and have painters and upholsterers to update the look!) **3d digital drawings for the project when applicable **floor plans to the 1/4 inch and full layouts with cabinets, furniture etc **photoshopped mock-ups of your space as requested **mood boards to visualize further **unlimited free brief interactions of 5-10 minutes. I never want a client to withhold communication for fear of being charged by the minute. Prices 3d design and layout services are $85 p/hr and come with unlimited 10 minutes or less communications for free. Every job has the foundation of a proposal with the estimated hourly completion. I take half up front and the remainder when finished. Full Remodeling Project Management fees are by the project and will be calculated and presented as a contract in which I will outline my services and a plan for the project. These vary based on the scope of the project. My training. BA in studio art and design. A lifetime of involvement in and management of remodeling projects. I began my career as a painter and wall paper installer in my youth and continued as a designer of remodeling projects there-after. I have been a professional artist specializing in anatomy and physiology for 20 years doing commissions for physicians (DiagnosisART) I also have an MA in Applied Psychology (2021) which means that I can offer clear communication, powerful listening skills, empathy and curiosity. These skills open the door to a truly unique and inspired experience that is centered on you. I seek to create lasting relationships and i choose to find joy and beauty in every experience!! Let's get started!!

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Serves Denver, CO

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  • Interior Design - Littleton 2023

    Interior Design


Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

5 reviews


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Derick A.
Apr 21, 2023

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We have used Penny to help design thoughts around how we want to make our space more efficient and modern in our home. She provided great insights and thoughts for how to redo our kitchen, den, and pantry so it would accommodate our family in a better way. The 3D drawings she provided were accurate to the 1/4 inch so it gave us a great visual into how the space would ideally look. Although we only used penny for the space design, she can also help with many of the other aspects of a job like, furniture selection, project management, getting bids, etc. If/when we decide to move forward in these projects than Penny at Breaking Down Walls will be our first call to help us manage the process.

Details: Design of 3 - 4 rooms • Living room • Kitchen • Bathroom(s) • 500 - 1,000 sq ft • Space planning / layout • Furniture selection • Flooring selection • Craftsman / Farmhouse • My home, venue, etc.

"Breaking Down Walls" Designer/Project Manager's reply
Derick, thanks so much for taking the time and energy to write a review of the initial home design we worked on together! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you both and sincerely appreciate your business! Kindest Regards, Penny
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Sara S.
4 weeks ago
Penny helped with our project immensely. She came into it when it was close to completion and I have so many regrets that I didn't hire her sooner. Her ability to look at a space and create something liveable would have been so helpful as we built our house. As it was, she helped with some finishing touches I was struggling to complete. Her professionalism, resources and ability to help me through my projects were invaluable. Do yourself a favor, hire her at the beginning of your project. Penny will create a space you will love for years to come.
"Breaking Down Walls" Designer/Project Manager's reply
Sara! Thank-you so much! I am blessed that we had the opportunity to partner on those final details. I too wish I could have been there sooner- if only to enjoy the fun and easy collaboration! You have a beautiful home and I can't wait to see some of the details we worked on in person!
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Darren R.
Oct 4, 2022
You won’t regret hiring Penny! I had 5 weeks to get my new townhome ready to move in. She listened to my desires for a clean, modern and uncluttered upgrade and she delivered that and so much more; I love my new home! Penny continues to help me with art consultation and installation as needed. I have been introduced to art genres and I have a new appreciation for art in general! I feel we really did “Break Down” some walls that opened my eyes to more beauty and comfort than I could have accomplished on my own. Penny has even painted an original acrylic painting for my bedroom that I absolutely love! Don’t hesitate to call her.
"Breaking Down Walls" Designer/Project Manager's reply
It was truly my pleasure to help you with this project and I look forward to the future projects we’ve discussed; kitchen remodel, floating shelves, furniture for the living room etc!! Thank-you for the easy working relationship and your great communication. Sincerely, Penny
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Michael V.
Oct 1, 2022
Truly a visionary, was able to identify the issues bugging us, when we didn’t even know what it was! She was able to create a very positive environment and energy, not only in the natural boundaries of the project, but in general a very positive. She is a pleasure to work with, and highly recommended!!!
"Breaking Down Walls" Designer/Project Manager's reply
Thank-you, Michael! I have loved our collaboration and am really excited about the final results! I appreciate your openness and communication throughout!
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James M.
Oct 1, 2022
Great experience
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