15th Anniversary: Jan's House of Hope

by Michele Weaver 18. July 2016 16:01
Design Basics has sold plans in some unexpected places. Its homes have been built in Alaska, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, Brazil, Chile, and Japan. But the latest location was by far the most unusual--on top of a 150-foot by 60-foot ocean-going barge. [More]

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General | History

Beyond the Basics with Greg Dodge

by Michele Weaver 15. July 2016 10:29
I started as an intern. Design Basics was looking for someone with Paradox [database program] experience. After the project was completed, I was offered to stay on part time, which later turned into a full time job. [More]

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General | History

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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Design Trends | HER HOME | Plannng

"Alternative" Becoming More "Mainstream"

by Michele Weaver 11. July 2016 16:38
While the housing recovery has not been equally distributed across North America, one thing we at Design Basics have seen in 2016 is a surge of interest in alternative construction methods (Modular, Panelized, SIP, and ICF home building). [More]

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Building cost | General

Garage Door Design

by Michele Weaver 7. July 2016 15:06
There are many elements to consider when designing your home's exterior, but oftentimes we overlook the garage doors--whether that be aesthetics or functionality. [More]

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Garage Design | HER HOME

Rear Foyer Design

by Michele Weaver 30. June 2016 12:17
"Mudrooms” have transformed into “rear foyers,” reflecting buyer’s preferences and the reality that many of us use the entry from the garage much more often than the front door. [More]

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Design Trends | Destressing | HER HOME | Rear entry foyer

Kitchen Jewelry

by Michele Weaver 23. June 2016 16:10
Your hardware, such as cabinet door knobs and drawer pulls, speaks volumes about you. Sometimes referred to as the "jewelry of the kitchen," you can enhance or even create a special look that is distinctly you. [More]

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Design Trends | HER HOME | Kitchen Design

Say 'NO' to Boring Closet Design

by Michele Weaver 16. June 2016 15:16
We all wear clothes, so it would seem that the closet should be a pretty important space. Oftentimes it is the forgotten space--throw up some rods and maybe a few shelves and call it good. Your closet doesn't have to be boring. Why not make it your own and give it some flair AND functionality? [More]

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Design Trends | HER HOME | Master Bedroom Design | Organization

Laundry Room Design

by Michele Weaver 10. June 2016 14:03
Laundry rooms - we all need them, but have varying thoughts on placement and amenities. [More]

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Design Trends | HER HOME | Home Tips

Getting Noticed

by Michele Weaver 8. June 2016 16:01
How do you get people, especially the media, to notice what you’re doing? The following process isn’t rocket science and isn’t as high-tech as some, but it has worked: [More]

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General | home builders | Marketing

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