13. August 2015 10:32
No matter your answer, each of us longs to come home to a place where we know we belong. A place where we comfortably fit into the fabric of our surroundings – where we can truly be ourselves.
What is it about a house that makes you call it home? [More]
5. August 2014 15:21
18 REASONS TO BUY DIRECT FOM DESIGN BASICS
OUR HOUSE PLANS
You might assume all homes are designed similarly. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Decades of working with builders taught us to design with the framer in mind, ensuring the home’s buildability.
NO RE-USE FEES
Many designers charge a re-use fee when building the same home again. We don’t, when you purchase the plans directly from Design Basics.
We federally copyright our plans—your assurance you are not violating any copyright laws when purchasing direct from Design Basics. We protect your interests, too. If you believe someone has copied a home you built from one of our plans, we’ll investigate and take action when warranted.
NEW PLANS DEBUT ON OUR WEBSITE
For 12 months after their release, the only place to review all of Design Basics newest plans—is on our web site.
EXCLUSIVE CUSTOM PLANS
Some designers resell their custom plans. We give you the option of exclusivity.
OUR CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Design Basics highly trained staff has all the necessary resources to answer your Questions. And because there’s no untrained middleman, your questions/issues are dealt with promptly. y
When you’ve bought your home plans directly from Design Basics, eliminate any guesswork and avoid costly mistakes by contacting us for technical support throughout construction.
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU
Design Basics has been in business for more than 30 years. We’re not merely a web site, here today and… Lose a page from a set of construction drawings purchased 10 years ago? We can verify the plan order and send a replacement immediately.
SPEED OF PLAN DELIVERY
The quickest way to receive your plans is to buy them directly from Design Basics.
WE ALLOW YOU TO MAKE PLAN ALTERATIONS
Unlike some design firms, if you have the expertise to make changes to the plans we send you, this is allowed under our Construction License.
WE’LL MODIFY OUR PLANS FOR YOU
With modified by the our designer, you can be 100% confident in the quality of your plan alterations. Our fees are quite competitive - and when Design Basics modifies the plan, you are still eligible for full technical support throughout construction.
WE OFFER ALL FOUNDATION OPTIONS.
Some designers don’t, and you’re on your own.
DEDICATED TO YOUR SUCCESS
CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT MATERIALS
Our Materials List helps deliver an accurate construction bid. If the roof will be hand-framed (in lieu of roof trusses) our Roof Construction Package provides all the details you need.
PROVEN MARKETING MATERIALS
Builders, sell more homes with the help of our professional marketing products and services.
We know what today’s buyers are looking for. Talk to us about your next project and we’ll tailor a portfolio of plans for you.
Builders who have purchased and are familiar with Design Basics plans can be listed on DesignBasics.com’s “Find a Local Builder” section.
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HER Home Thought of the Day.
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Working directly with Design Basics really is your best way to get the most of your home plan buying experience. How can we help you today?
30. December 2013 07:40
Published Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, HER Home’s Thought of the Day is derived from our audience feedback as well as real-life experiences of the Her Home staff. This email series is designed to answer the question -- "I wish I had known about that!" This Monday, Wednesday, Friday email places in your inbox, solutions to common home building questions, design ideas, and insights into products to put into your new home or remodel project.
We had some great responses to our topics in 2013. Here is the 'Best of" for 2013.
All square feet are not created equal (part 1 of 2)
All square feet are not created equal (part 2 of 2)
The biggest architectural element on the front of your home...
The "disappearing" home office
Your walls will thank you
Why one-story homes usually cost more
Enjoy. Be safe. See you in 2014.
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5. August 2013 15:05
It may come as a surprise to you that there is no universal method for calculating a home’s square footage. Discrepancies occur when including (or omitting) porches and screened-in decks, lower levels, attic spaces and garages. Should the square footage occupied by a staircase be counted once or twice, since it occupies space on both levels?
Then there’s the question of where the measurement is taken from. Some homes may only include the space inside the walls. More often, the calculation is based on taking measurements from outside of the exterior wall framing (which adds the square footage represented in the wall thickness.) Further increasing square footage calculations, some homes are measured from outside of exterior finish materials. If the home has brick siding, for example, measuring to the outside of the brick may add 50 or even 100 square feet to the home’s overall size. This is one reason homes should not be compared solely on the basis of cost-per-square-foot.
Different builders calculate square footage differently. Homesite costs differ. The quality of materials used differs by builder, as does the costs charged by the builders’ sub-contractors such as electricians, plumbers and painters.
Design also has a huge bearing on cost. These 2 homes have exactly the same floorplan, and square footage, but the cost to build is very different.
1719 sq. ft., 3-bedroom
1719 sq. ft., 3-bedroom
Finally, what’s included in one builder’s bid will vary from what’s included in another builder’s bid. It’s virtually impossible to get an “apples for apples” comparison between two builders, and even if you could control most variables by having the home design finalized and all products selected, there’s still differences in quality and customer service to be considered.
Beware of comparing two homes solely on the basis of cost per square foot!
18. February 2013 08:24
All square feet are not created equal!
It may come as a surprise to you that there is no universal method for calculating a home's square footage. Discrepancies occur when including (or omitting) porches and screened-in decks, lower levels, attic spaces and garages. Should the square footage occupied by a staircase be counted once or twice, since it occupies space on both levels?
Then there's the question of where the measurement is taken from. Some homes may only include the space inside the walls. More often, the calculation is based on taking measurements from outside of the exterior wall framing (which adds the square footage represented in the wall thickness.) Further increasing square footage calculations, some homes are measured from outside of exterior finish materials. If the home has brick siding, for example, measuring to the outside of the brick may add 50 or even 100 square feet to the home's overall size.
This is one reason homes should not be compared solely on the basis of cost-per-square-foot.
Different builders calculate square footage differently. Home site costs differ. The quality of materials used differs by builder, as does the costs charged by the builders' sub-contractors such as electricians, plumbers and painters.
Design also has a huge bearing on cost. These 2 homes have exactly the same floor plan, and square footage, but the cost to build is very different.
1755 sq. ft., 3-bedroom
1755 sq. ft., 3-bedroom
Finally, what's included in one builder's bid will vary from what's included in another builder's bid. It's virtually impossible to get an "apples for apples" comparison between two builders, and even if you could control most variables by having the home design finalized and all products selected, there's still differences in quality and customer service to be considered.
Beware of comparing two homes solely on the basis of cost per square foot!
Part I - 1752 the Lancaster
Part II - 43016 the Bay Hill and 43017 the Saugatuck
26. December 2012 16:33
Why buy new, now?Historically low interest rates expand your purchasing power significantly. For example, a $200,000 30-year mortgage at a 5% interest rate (APR) is $125 less per month than a 6% APRmortgage payment. Or, you could opt for a larger home or $20,000 in upgrades and still keep the payments lower than the 6% APR mortgage.
Lower total monthly housing costs. Land costs have eased as have prices for some building materials. Stiffer building and energy codes combined with product advancements mean cheaper utility bills and lower homeowner insurance rates.The financial implications are often the first aspect looked at, but there are lots of other reasons to look at new construction rather than an existing home, including:
Quality of construction. More stringent building codes are just one of the reasons today’s homes typically offer superior quality compared to older homes, making your new home more pleasurable to live in.Design flexibility. Some things that just aren’t feasible to change with resale homes, like garage size, basement ceiling heights, wider doors or open, entertaining floorplans.Product choices, advancements. When building new, there’s a gamut of products to select from in making your home uniquely yours, based on what’s important to you—such as quieter and safer products, high technology…healthy alternatives...new construction is a hands-down winner!Avoid maintenance hassles and cost.
New homes are typically lower maintenance due to the products used. Composite decking, tilt-in clad windows and laminate flooring, all give you back a little more time. Then there’s the expensive repairs associated with older homes such as replacing worn-out appliances, roof shingles, carpet and furnaces.Energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. Homes built today are as much as 60% more energy efficient than homes built 20 years ago, contributing to a more comfortable home. Your energy efficient new home can help prevent the release of tons (yes, TONS!) of greenhouse gasses per year, while helping conserve our energy resources. Advanced building products such as engineered wood and recycled product choices such as carpet made from discarded plastic water bottles further help protect our environment.
Don’t settle for less. Finally, one of the most important reasons for buying new is getting exactly what you want in your new home.
24. December 2012 08:40
For a few years now my family has been building a Christmas Eve tradition. While not nearly as elaborate as the picture to the right, my family builds a ginger-bread house. It is a sticky, gooey process. My wife bakes the walls and roof pieces. I build the house. My daughters take glee in all the trimmings laid out before them. We all love decorating the house with all the sugary trimmings.
The house never really turns out the way I think it should. It's not really that square. It leans a bit. The kids argue over where the trimmings should go and then giggle with delight when they sneak some trimmings to eat.
In the end, we've all had a great time. We've made some memories we'll share for years. We've spent some time together in one place at the same time.
It's like a miracle. Here are some really "Over-the-Top Gingerbread Houses"
From the staff at Design Basics and HER Home Magazine, have a safe and Merry Christmas!
Greg DodgeVice President.
26. November 2012 13:53
From the Brady's to the Simpsons. You've seen these TV homes. Take a look at some of America's most popular TV family homes and learn about the American building process from TV's favorite 70's architect Mike Brady.
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9. October 2012 10:39
In the last decade, home design has undergone amazing change and innovation! Entertaining has taken on a new priority, but entertaining preferences are highly individualized. Builders need to understand your entertaining style. And you need to make sure your builder gets your style.
We've refer to homeowners who enjoy formal entertaining as "Claires". Sophisticated finishes and open layouts are preferred, but Claires look for a sense of room definition. Outdoor spaces are often considered an extension of the indoor socializing, so the indoor/outdoor connection is key.
"Elise" is the name we've given to traditional buyers whose entertaining style tends to focus on family get-togethers or having a few close friends over. Conversation is key, as is getting everyone together. Flexible, free-flowing eating areas which can expand by adding another table are favored (think big, family Thanksgiving dinner gatherings.)
Fun-loving, "Maggie's" entertaining style revolves around "doing". It could be movie night at her home, or cards or pool. It could be a scrapbooking party or other type of "girls' night out". Maggies may have trouble seeing themselves in your home until they know where the big TV goes. Then there's her kids' entertaining space to consider. When she's got friends over, where will her kids go if their friends are over, too?
From lighting to soundproofing issues, entertaining influences design more than most people realize.
To learn more about the buyer profile described in this post, read about Finally About Me and take the quiz to learn your buyer profile.
7. June 2012 14:36
While the debate rages on over garage size and placement (see this month's White Paper for solutions), an emerging concept is to design a tandem 3rd stall and show an option for finishing off that space. That way, buyers can understand the trade-offs: more storage or additional living space!
We would love to hear your feedback on a new plan we're developing, the Windsor Cottage, which illustrates this very concept.
Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them here!
Without moving exterior walls, what would you design differently (for example, add window(s) in the dining/living room)?