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Designs Anew Houston (DAH), owned and operated by Barb Mueller, an award-winning, accredited Kitchen and Bath Designer, specializes in residential design for remodeling and new construction projects. Our firm is committed to designing your kitchen or bath for maximum maneuverability, ease of use, storage convenience, and safety.

With your health and well-being in mind, DAH also takes into consideration natural daylighting, air and water quality, humidity and thermal comfort and affinity with natural elements. The last 2 decades have produced a plethora of scientific evidence of the positive healthy benefits of employing these design strategies in our residential spaces.

Barb worked in the new construction industry as a senior designer before starting her own firm. She is a member of the Greater Houston Builder’s Association and the Remodeler’s Council, was on the local board of the National Kitchen and Bath Association earning their AKBD accreditation. She is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Believing in staying in touch with new technology, trends and products, Barb attends national and international conferences where she has taught several classes. She holds an MFA in Interior Design and was an adjunct professor in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Houston and other colleges for seven years.


We offer professional design services for your new home or remodeling project that cater to your specific needs and fit within your budget.

With a sound understanding of ergonomic and safety principles, as well as space planning and layout for efficiency and functionality, we will walk you through the floor plan configuration and selections for flooring, cabinetry, countertops, plumbing fixtures, hardware, painting, and lighting.

If you are looking to improve your quality of life by making better choices for your family, DAH endeavors to educate, collaborate with, and guide you in your new kitchen or bath design.

  • Bathroom Design
  • Kitchen Design
  • CAD Floor Plans
  • Handicap-Accessible Design
  • 3D Rendering
  • Finish Selections
  • Wellness Design
  • Laundry Room Design
  • Mudroom Design
  • Pantry Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Universal Design



- 2nd place award for Best in American Living Awards from National Association of Home Builders

- 2nd place award for Homes for Life Award from NAHB


- 1st place award -Master Design Awards from Qualified Remodeler Magazine


- 1st place award for Master Design Awards from QR Magazine

- 1st place award for Homes for Life Award from National Association of Home Builders

- 1st place award for Best in American Living Awards from NAHB

- 1st place award for American Residential Design Award from American Institute of Building Designers


- Regional co-winner in Chrysalis Award in Remodeling Excellence competition - Universal Design category


-1st place in the American Institute of Building Design's ARDA - American Residential Design Awards - contest in the Accessibility category


Barb has written articles or has been interviewed for articles in Qualified RemodelerKitchen and Bath BusinessKitchen and Bath Design NewsMetropolitan BuilderHouston Chronicle, and Remodeling News. She has been interviewed online by The Business of Furniture, NAHB online and Remodeling Magazine online.

Functional use of daylighting through the many windows, ambient lighting from the recessed and ceiling fan lights, decorative lighting above the table, and task lighting from the undercabinet lighting

Barb is a talented, creative and meticulous professional. She designed our aging in place master bath, listened to our needs and created an outstanding plan. We highly recommend her.