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Home Plan Co-Creation

Home Plan Co-Creation

You want your home buyers to make changes to your home plans. Let’s face it, you’d love to offer a home plan that’s right for each and every buyer, but realistically you can’t; therefore, you want buyers to make changes so the home design fits their needs. The tweaks buyers want to make are very personal and significant to them – after all, they’re probably spending a little bit more to achieve those changes in order to get the home that’s “just right.”

Home buyers are more committed to you and to their home if they see themselves involved in co-creating it. Prospects who take the time to dive deep into a home design, mentally “moving in,” have pretty much sold themselves on that design and on you as their builder.

Couple studying plansThose buyers come to see themselves as “having designed their own home.” Without getting into the legal issues of authorship, copyright, and ownership of the plan, many times the buyers believe they created the resulting home design. They may give you some credit, “Oh, we started with their ‘Amelia’ plan, but we changed it.” This is one time when it’s best to keep your ego at bay.

The buyers believe their version of the plan is “better.” And, it is – for them. This is an opportune time to compliment them on the modifications they directed. Doing so furthers rapport, they come to like you even more and trust that you are the right builder for them.

Who you have modifying the plan matters. Design Basics home plan Construction Licenses allow the builder or other qualified local professional to make changes to our home plans. So, why do so many customers used Design Basics Plan Customization Designers to alter the plans? Quite simply, our Designers do more than just make the requested modifications. They take the time to get to know why the changes are desired and may be able to suggest alternative solutions that achieve the customer’s goals better, and/or more economically. Further, our Designers may recognize and be able to suggest additional opportunities afforded by the desired alterations that the buyers would love!

At Design Basics, we have the tools to help you stand out from other builders:

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Multi-Generational Households

Multi-Generational Households

Today, about 1 in 5 Americans live in Multi-Generational households.

By definition, multi-generational households have at least two adult generations living under the same roof. Traditionally, in-law suites were the design solution - in a pinch, mom and/or dad moved into a secondary bedroom. A secondary bedroom with direct bathroom access is preferable, but better for achieving both independence and togetherness is a home designed with two owner's suites. Buyers who wish for a little more independence may also prefer a "Casita" layout or their own level of the house. With private access, bedroom suite, laundry, kitchen, and entertaining area, mom can have the ladies over without having to "schedule" the primary entertaining space. 

Dual Owner's Suites Example
Cedar Grove - Plan #42339

Casita Layout Example
Frahm - #42357

Separate Levels Example
Strasser Pointe - Plan #42420FB

Dual Owner's Suites. Aging parents...children returning home...widowed siblings...even lifelong friends looking to share a home...American households are changing. This is often out of economic necessity, such as a suddenly single widow(er) or even older couples wanting to split housing costs. 

An important consideration for older homeowners, is a no-step entry as well as interior passage doors at least 32" wide, ensuring this home can welcome visitors of all abilities. You may want to consider zoned heating and cooling for everyone's comfort. And, while tile continues to be the preferred flooring choice in bathrooms, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors. Selecting slip-resistant tile flooring just makes sense. 

Though the scenarios vary, all involve bringing people together. Beyond the home design aspects, there are lifestyle, social, and financial considerations to work through before choosing such a home. A widower may be looking forward to spending lots of time with his adult daughter, but she is already stretched between her job and family. Your college grad moves back and then you remember how loud those video games are. Your sister doesn't drive, and all those doctor appointments will make it hard to commit to classes you want to take. The joys of being together can be wonderful, but you'll want to have discussed and agreed upon certain ground rules for dealing with such issues before they arise. 

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Note: Design Basics offers more than 350 plans with the option of a no-step entry. 

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Backstory: The Family Lounge

Backstory: The Family Lounge

A couple with young children was looking for "cuddle space." In another household, it was the need for an upstairs family area for "together time" before bed. Yet another family wanted a larger open study area where the parents would be involved with their kids' studies. 

It could be reading with the kids, board games, crayon artwork masterpieces, or a one-act play. The Family Lounge is a space for time together upstairs. The Sussex (plan #42284) offers a generous family lounge space connecting the three bedroom suites. 

The Sussex Main Level
The Sussex Upper Level

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Multiple Generations – One Fabulous Home!

Multiple Generations – One Fabulous Home!

Design Basics was recently featured in the Omaha World-Herald's Timeless Living section, showcasing the Strasser Pointe (#42420FB) home plan. This plan was designed for a couple and the wife's parents; the ability to share a home, yet have separate living quarters. Read about this home design by clicking on the image below.


No Regrets: Start with the Floor Plan

No Regrets: Start with the Floor Plan

It’s not uncommon for people to fall in love with a certain exterior home design or the decor/colors/etc., but then ask for some pretty extensive changes to the floor plan. Or, they build/purchase the home only to find out the floor plan isn't conducive to their household's needs. You've made a pretty substantial purchase, don't let buyer's remorse put a damper on the excitement of your new home!

When we were looking for our first home, my cousin told me this exact same thing, as she and her husband made the mistake of looking at the exterior and interior decor rather than the actual layout of the home. Once they got settled in, they found the home's "livability" wasn't right for them. She told me, "You can change the decor, but it's difficult to change the layout!" We appreciated this advice.

No Regrets: Home designers suggest home buyers get the floor plan design right, then address the elevation – because various elevation styles can be crafted once the home’s layout has been determined. Also, if you are building new, inquire about plan alterations as there may be a couple of areas that you'd like designed a little bit different. We can help you realize your dream home with a few changes.

While we know the home's exterior appeal is the first impression and will either attract or disinterest home buyers, we encourage you to explore the floor plan/layout before making a decision. Your perfect home may be hiding behind the the next door you open!

Take for example the three Peony plans: 

  • Peony Grove (Tuscan) and Peony Place (Contemporary) have the same floor plan, but very different elevations
  • Peony has a different elevation (French Country) AND the floor plan has been tweaked a bit

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