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Competing with the Big Dogs

Competing with the Big Dogs

It’s an oft-repeated tune – a national home builder moves into the marketplace, with eyes on becoming the dominant builder, or fast tracks the process by simply acquiring an established local builder. Thoughts of big-box stores moving in and local...

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Where should the stairs go?

Where should the stairs go?

If you’re building a new home with either a basement, second floor, or both, where do you want the stairs to be situated? Stairs located in the center of the home may minimize hallways upstairs but many times center stairs are an assumption at the design...

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Pool Bath

Pool Bath

If your backyard is the gathering spot for the neighbor kids, you’ll appreciate they can go potty without traipsing through the home. And, if that bathroom has a shower, it’s an ideal “pool bath.” Spent the afternoon planting and gardening? That’s a welcome clean-up...

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Pet-Friendly Home Design

Pet-Friendly Home Design

Are your dogs treated as full-fledged family members? For many of the 4 in 10 U.S. households with dogs, the answer is “Yes!” From floor plan layouts to material selections to innovative amenities, pet-centric homes make life better for Spot and his owners. Studies...

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Chill-N-Grill Design Amenity

Chill-N-Grill Design Amenity

Do you love to entertain/grill out, but don't have the space or want a full outdoor kitchen? Then, you might consider adding a Chill-N-Grill™ station to your home design. The Chill-N-Grill is typically placed just inside the door leading to the grilling area and can...

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A Place for Pets

A Place for Pets

A Pet Center - here's the backstory on this design amenity: Dogs play, get dirty, and aren't inclined to wipe their feet before heading into the house. "There's not a shower on the main floor, so I have to carry the dirty dog all the way upstairs to give her a bath."...

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Bathroom Storage Solution

Bathroom Storage Solution

Problem: Ladies have told us they would like to have a seat in the owner's bathroom...that we need more hanging for towels...and that the clothes hamper/laundry basket is always in the way. Solution: Design Basics' new Stor-N-More™ presents a cushioned seat with...

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