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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Beyond the Basics with Yen Gutowski

by Michele Weaver 8. June 2016 11:32
What do you like best about working at Design Basics? I really enjoy the people--even though we are a small company, we have a great team that works well together and takes enormous pride in all that we do. [More]

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From the President

by Michele Weaver 3. March 2016 14:58
It is with great pride that I have accepted the position of President of Design Basics, LLC. Since joining the Design Basics team in the fall of 2013, I have worn several hats such as the Assistant Controller and Vice President of Operations. [More]

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Your Home Puts on About 40 Pounds per Year

by Michele Weaver 21. August 2015 08:57
Forty pounds of dust, that is! Now, there’s nothing you can do to completely eliminate dust as clothing fibers, pet dander, dead skin cells, and items we track in from outdoors add to the problem daily. [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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18 REASONS TO BUY DIRECT FROM DESIGN BASICS

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?

HER Home Thought of the Day - Best of 2013

by Greg Dodge 30. December 2013 07:40
Share   // Tweet Pin It     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.   Subscribe to HER Home at Thought of the Day here. 

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The fallacy of comparing “cost per square foot” when evaluating potential builders for your new home.

by Greg Dodge 5. August 2013 15:05
Tweet   //     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!

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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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Why Buy New?

by Greg Dodge 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.   // Tweet  

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