Optimizing Traffic Flow

by Michele Weaver 14. July 2016 15:28
When the weather’s nice, Mother Nature beckons for us to delight in her beauty. Whether grilling out or having friends over, the connection point, such as a door onto your deck or patio, can become a traffic jam. [More]

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10 Things You Need to Consider in a Home Plan: Tips 6-10

by Michele Weaver 4. May 2016 13:50
Contemplating building a new home? Odds are your future looks bright! It all begins with a plan, and where you get your home plan matters! [More]


by Michele Weaver 9. December 2015 16:40
Have you ever thought about your specifications sheet as a marketing tool? Isn’t the intention to present how you build your homes and the included features as a way to differentiate your company and position you as the “best choice”? [More]

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What do you call 'home'?

by Michele Weaver 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]

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Design Trends | General | HER HOME | Plannng | Woman-Centric Matters


by Greg Dodge 5. August 2014 15:21
Share   // Tweet Pin It         18 REASONS TO BUY DIRECT FOM DESIGN BASICS   OUR HOUSE PLANS   BUILDABILITY 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.   COPYRIGHT PROTECTED 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   KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF 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   TECHNICAL SUPPORT 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.   PLAN ALTERATIONS           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.     PLAN SELECTIONS 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.   WEBSITE LINKS Builders who have purchased and are familiar with Design Basics plans can be listed on DesignBasics.com’s “Find a Local Builder” section.     E-NEWSLETTERS AND SPECIAL OFFERS. You’ll receive email newsletter updates with emerging design concepts before they become trends, plus special deals! Builders Toolbox eNEWS HER Home Thought of the Day.       MEMBERSHIPS, AFFILIATIONS. We belong to numerous business, design and home building professional organizations/associations to keep Design Basics products and services at the forefront of the industry.     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?

Splitting up can be good for your relationship

by Greg Dodge 23. April 2013 08:09
Whether we realize it or not, our bathrooms are very personal—which means if there are two of you using that bathroom, there’s a potential for misunderstanding and conflict.   Take the vanity and sinks.  Years ago designers recognized the preference for his and her sinks in the master bath.  That alleviated some of the schedule conflicts over who used the sink and when, but also led to more countertop clutter.  His mouthwash…her make-up…sometimes it’s so crowded you can hardly tell what the countertops look like! Splitting a single vanity with two sinks into two separate vanities, each with their own sink, is desirable.   Last time we discussed how having two separate vanities provides highly prized personal space in the owner’s bathroom, particularly eliminating conflict over countertop clutter.  But what’s the most desirable layout for the two vanities?  We show four options below.  50020 50001     42158 50031 Plan 50020illustrates the two vanities in-line, separated by a built-in dresser or linen cabinet.                     Plan 50001  has the sinks positioned opposite each other.  Some people really like the fact that when the two mirrors face each other, you can easily see how the back of your hair looks in the opposite mirror!   Plan 42158 staggers the two opposite-facing sinks, eliminating the likelihood of brushing up “cheek-to-cheek”.   And plan 50031 has the two sinks back-to-back, providing a true sense of “me” space.  Which is best?  Only you can decide that!    


Bathroom Design | Design Trends | Destressing | Plannng

All square feet are not created equal!

by Greg Dodge 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!    Example Plans   Part I - 1752 the Lancaster   Part II - 43016 the Bay Hill and 43017 the Saugatuck

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2002 - 2012 the Decade of Change! Part II

by Greg Dodge 20. September 2012 14:18
  2002 - 2012 the Decade of Change! Part II   In the last decade, home design has undergone amazing change and innovation. Just as you wouldn't get too excited over going to purchase a brand new car and being shown a new 2002 Pontiac Aztek, how excited should prospective buyers be touring a model home from a design that's 10 years old? So what's different in home design today?   Example--Rear Foyers! As the most often used entrance into the home, coming in from the garage can no longer be viewed primarily as "utilitarian". The front entry foyer is designed to be something special, as much (or more!) attention should be paid to the rear foyer. Storage. Beyond the expected coat closet, what about all the "stuff" you carry in with you? A "drop zone" is ideal for liberating your kitchen from such clutter! So what's a 'Drop Zone'? Convenience. A seat or bench for removing shoes. Insignificant? Buyers don't think so! Special amenities. Do you have pets - cats or dogs? Think about adding a pet zone to the rear foyer.   See examples of drop zones, pet centers, and rear entry foyers.  No longer should you bring people through the laundry room to get to your kitchen.  The rear entry foyer changes the experience when you bring family and friends in from the garage!  


Design Trends | Destressing | Plannng | Rear entry foyer | Storage

10 Things to Consider Before Signing the Dotted Line!

by Greg Dodge 20. June 2012 10:30
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