Let us do the ‘Labor’ – FREE Plan Alterations!

Labor Day LogoLet our plan specialists do the ‘labor’ for you.

You found a great home design, but then think maybe a few changes could make it fit your needs even better. Less than the cost of designing a custom plan, working with Design Basics’ plan alterations specialists to make changes to an existing plan could be the answer.

During the month of September, when you purchase a plan directly from Design Basics you will receive four FREE hours of plan alterations!

Here are just a few examples of how you can make the design your own by working with our plan alterations specialists:

Home plan with a two-car garage becomes a three-car garage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change the style of the elevation.

 

Floor plan modifications.

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Learn more about Design Basics’ Plan Alterations.

To take advantage of our Labor Day offer, order online or contact us at 800.947.7526 with your plan order and mention offer code 33LDE. Offer valid through September 29, 2017, at 5:00 pm Eastern.

Two free hours of plan alterations offer applies to plans purchased directly from Design Basics; construction sets only (PDF, prints, or CAD files), and does not include OTB plans, study sets, dimensional plans, or Construction License only orders; only applies to Design Basics, Carmichael & Dame Designs, and Plan Pros, Inc., plans. Please contact us at 800.947.7526 if you have any questions.

Blueprint for Success: C.A. Jones Inc.

Blueprint for Success: C.A. Jones Inc.

Chris Jones founded C.A. Jones Inc., in 1995, building new homes in the St. Louis metro east area, primarily in Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties on the Illinois side. Through a combination of hard work, customer focus, and superb value, C.A. Jones grew to building 80 homes a year; then, the housing recession hit.

Estimates vary, but perhaps one-third of home builders nationally closed during the housing recession, leaving their new homeowners to fend for themselves. Not Chris Jones – Jones would stand behind the homes that they built and be there for their customers. It wasn’t easy. In fact, Chris didn’t pay himself for more than two years. But Chris had given his word to his customers, vendors, and bankers, and he wasn’t about to give up.

That perseverance paid off. Market conditions improved and Jones built over 50 homes in the last 12 months. The company employs a staff of 16, plus three part-time individuals. Jones’ largest neighborhood, Country Club Hills (Waterloo, IL), opened in 2006 and still had 72 of the 92 home sites available when the recession hit. Today, all of those lots are sold as are a few of the 25 homes in phase two. Jones’ model home at Country Club Hills is Design Basics’ Saffron plan. Jones modified the rear foyer – opting for a bench with coat hooks in lieu of the original design’s coat closet – a change that has been very well received by customers. “We’ve had great response to this plan!” Jones said. Granite countertops grace the kitchen and the deep pantry has been a big hit with buyers. The dining and family rooms come alive with lots of natural light. There are also abundant windows in the owner’s suite and a VELUX® Sun Tunnel bathes the bathroom in daylight. Rather than hinged doors, pocket doors ease access between the owner’s bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in closet.

Click here to read more about C.A. Jones Inc. and view the homes.

Why You Need ‘Better’ Home Designs

Why You Need ‘Better’ Home Designs

It’s uncanny how prospective home buyers marry better design with better homes. And, other things being relatively equal, buyers almost always choose better. Now, there is no single definition for better design – it’s personal, decided by one buyer at a time. Still, we can influence buyers to identify and appreciate our definitions of better design and sell more homes.

That’s the foundation for Design Basics’ focus on a home’s “livability.” Aesthetic aspects of design (i.e., views inside and out) are important, and people can fall in love with those. But how the home lives is even more important to closing a sale. Traffic patterns can be ruined by door conflicts. Well-thought-out storage and organization amenities are located right where they’re needed. Rear foyer drop zones and master bath make-up ledges can eliminate cluttered countertops.

Delightful amenities prospective buyers discover in your home solidify the idea they’re getting a better home. Pocket offices…dual owner’s suites…work-in pantries…pass-through laundry rooms…Chill-N-Grill™ stations…travel centers…coffee bars…when your innovations “connect” with buyers, you’re likely to hear “You’ve thought of everything!” and “Why don’t all builders offer _______?”

DBLLC Plan #42027Livability at a Glance™

This understanding was also the genesis for Design Basics’ Livability at a Glance™ (LAAG), including the color-coded floorplans that highlight areas for entertaining, de-stressing, storing, and flexible living. Consumer response has been overwhelmingly positive, as LAAG helps prospective home buyers better appreciate the home’s design and makes it easier for them to imagine living in the home. Plus, the colorized floorplans stand apart from the competition.

Buyers want to buy the best, from the best. And it all starts with offering the best home plans!

NOTE: Builders that are members of Design Basics’ Woman-Centric Matters!® or Builder-Centric℠ GOLD programs have the right to feature LAAG colorized floorplans in their marketing. Find out more about these two proven programs by clicking on the links above.

(Cover image: plan 9267 Menlo Park)

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