As an entrepreneur, an active community advocate, and a visual artist, Debra Lellbach is a problem-solver driven by her passion for beautiful design.
A strategist and visionary, Debra Lellbach has always perfectly blended her creative side with an adept skill for visual design and a drive to find new and innovative ideas to help uncover a home’s full potential.
It started with a passion for aesthetics that led her to continually rearrange and redecorate her Barbie doll house and led her to graduate from college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Following college, Debra quickly found herself immersed in the contract design world working for a variety of firms focused on store planning and office design.
As her focus shifted to her family, Debra transitioned to working closely with her father, Omar Bennett in his business, eventually buying The Extra Closet – a self storage facility.
Through her father’s example of dedication, hard work and positive attitude, she learned what was valuable to succeed in life as well as business.
Ten years later, after expanding the Extra Closet to two locations, Debra chose to redirect her focus and return to her original passion. She sold the storage business and began working full-time with her husband Doug, as part of Lellbach Builders. With her focus on interior design, improving operational efficiency, and working with customers, Debra was able to play an integral role in the growth of the organization.
As requests for interior design service outside of the scope of remodeling projects continue to grow, Debra began working with more individual design clients and reveled in having more time to devote to her passion of interior design.
For Debra Lellbach, community involvement goes far beyond a membership. Over the past two decades, she has volunteered her time to help with a variety of key community initiatives and has held several leadership positions within the non-profit community including:
360 Youth Services– Board of Directors.
Bridge Communities Makeover Project
Bridge Communities is a grassroots, non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and programs to assist homeless families throughout the county. Debra offered her design services in partnership with Lellbach Builders for a makeover of a resident’s condo.
Rebuilding Together Aurora A non-for profit volunteer organization dedicated to helping low-income homeowners, through home renovation and repair. Debra assisted Lellbach Builders in their participation in the Annual April Renovation Event as a part of the volunteer remodeling crew.
Naperville Garden Club – “Cup of Cheer” House walk – Featured Home – December 2011.
Naperville Jaycees Community Service Award – Civic Leader Finalist, 2009.
Plainfield Chamber of Commerce – Past Board of Directors position. Active participant in numerous committees.