A powerful design trick for your new home

Choosing a focal point in your spaces can affect your new home function and feel. In a recent article on Houzz, Judith Taylor cautioned, “There are leading roles and supporting cast members in any production. The same holds true in design. Choose your star and make it the focal point to anchor a room. Allow […]

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Designing your custom home for your life

Exploring home design opportunities to create the home that suits your lifestyle by Kim Hibbs Home life has changed tremendously in recent years. Everything moves at a faster pace. Families that can live in a home on a single income, or with professional help to maintain and upkeep their property are a rarity these days. More […]

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12 home design trends to watch in 2016

By Kim Hibbs, 2016 President, Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA) The National Association of Home Builders recently announced the winners of the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) – a prestigious awards program recognizing excellence in design that will influence the residential building industry. Below are some of the newest […]

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3 Bad Home Design Decisions to Avoid When Building

Decisions, decisions. The best and worst part of building a custom home is that every aspect of the home’s design and materials is left up to decisions. It’s what we love about being a custom home builder and a key ingredient to building the best home for the best value, but a lack in guidance […]

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Family Builds Their Perfect Home For Less Than Buying

The Derner family lived in a home that suited almost all of their needs, but the biggest problem they had with the home was the location. The couple no longer worked near the area they were living in anymore, so they knew it was time for a move. They looked and looked for a house […]

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Central Vacuums Keep Your Home Energy Efficient

By Kim Hibbs, Certified Green Professional It’s a question often asked by clients building a home – “What is the one must-have that won’t break the bank?” My response always includes a central vacuum system. Central vacuum systems carry dirt and debris through hidden tubes to a powerful tank located in the garage or basement. […]

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Home Design Planning Tips for Various Lifestyles

When building your dream home, functionality and design go hand and hand. One may think that it is time to design your home is once your have begun the building phase. The actual time to sit down with your designer is before breaking ground on your home. This is because designers think about details and […]

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This Research Could Help You Build a Better Custom Home Floor Plan

High performance home construction and design is strongly rooted in data and science. Relying on a combination of reports and the basic principles of physics, geology and chemistry helps us to build a home’s structure so that it can withstand weathering and wear, and to maximize the home’s energy efficiency. Most of that science is between the walls and under your feet though. […]

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Design Details Make The Most of Your Custom Home

When designing a new home, or renovating an existing one, look for special ways to add “wow” factors to the design. It’s those design details that will have friends and family (or potential buyers down the road!) talking. There are many on-line sites for inspiration. One of our favorites in Houzz.com. Houzz is a website […]

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Day of Design: Three Home Design Resolutions for the New Year

With the new year just getting started the gym is packed and downloads for budgeting templates are at their peak. While self improvement is an admirable and very popular goal, improving your living space can also bring a sense of calm and order to your life-a concept at the core of many top new year’s […]

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Day of Design: Three Tips for Using Light to Complete A Room

Lighting is an often forgotten but one of the most important aspects to consider when designing a room. The feel and comfort of a room is greatly impacted by the type and quality of light used within the space. From natural to lamp to overhead lighting, a great room is made complete by great lighting […]

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