March Home Plan Mania!

March Home Plan Mania!

It’s that time of year again…March Mania!

Participate in our Home Plan Bracket Challenge and enjoy $200 off your home plan purchase!
In addition, for each round in which you participate you will be entered to win an Omaha Steaks gift card.

Click the “Play Now!” button below to learn more and enter your bracket picks.

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NOTE: See the March Mania page for complete rules and details.

Newest Amenity: Appliance Center

Newest Amenity: Appliance Center

Problem: It seems everyone’s goal is clutter-free countertops. Yet, small appliances (e.g., toaster, coffee maker, rice cooker, fondue pot, etc.) are must-haves; and they can be a pain to store and retrieve when needed!

Solution: Lead designer Carl Cuozzo has been designing Appliance Centers in high-end custom homes for years. From waffle makers and espresso machines to crock-pots and woks, today’s home buyers have lots of small appliances. Carl has found the ideal location for the appliance center is just outside the main kitchen, with storage above and below, and plenty of electrical outlets.

Consider how we live: Health-conscious individuals use their blenders–a lot; and stand mixers are bulky and heavy. The bottom line is that we want the convenience of ready access for our most-used small appliances without cluttering our kitchen counters.

Appliance Center shown in the Dandridge plan #42365.

Cooking without Grease Odor

Cooking without Grease Odor

From the company that pioneered mixing cutting edge design with innovative range hood technology, comes a new idea in stress-free cooking. Elica’s NikolaTesla induction cooktop is designed to make cooking and clean-up a hassle-free process. Elica incorporated the standard, highly desirable qualities of an induction cooktop such as rapid boil and easy cleaning, and took it one step farther by integrating a fully functional range hood into the cooktop itself. The central fan replaces the typical range hood and gathers grease and odors without compromising design. It also has a built-in double bridge function that combines two adjacent cooking zones to adjust for large pots. A 10-speed touch pad control system allows you to easily control the fan, so all you have to worry about is answering the doorbell!

Learn more about Elica NikolaTelsa induction cooktop, and other Elica products.

(Note: Product spotlights are for informational purposes only; we do not formally endorse any product or service.)


Design Basics Celebrates 35 Years in Business!

Design Basics Celebrates 35 Years in Business!

Kathy Dick, PresidentAs President of Design Basics, LLC, I’m excited to share that this year marks our 35th year in business! In 1983, Design Basics began as a custom home plan design firm for professional builders in our local community of Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years, the popularity of our designs grew and we expanded our focus to designing plans that would be adaptable in any location. Since then, interest in our plans has reached to all 50 states and Canada as well as countries around the world.

Over the years we have not just adapted to changes in the market, but have been the catalyst for many of the design amenities, builder programs, and industry trends you still see today. For instance, our signature program, Woman-Centric Matters!®, was launched in 2005. Recognizing that women make a majority of the buying decisions, the program focuses on teaching builders how to market, sell, and design their products and services around the things that actually matter to women. This year the focus of the Program is shifting to training and certification, and is open to other companies in the building industry – if your business partners are also focusing on women’s preferences, marketing and design becomes even more targeted and efficient.

Around this same time, we launched our HER HOME™ brand with a publication targeted to women home buyers/owners, helping them make wise, informed decisions. The magazine continues to be a favorite among readers and builders alike. Our 2018 edition is available in digital format on our website and is packed with valuable information around home design, amenities, and products for the home (see link below). Builders, and other industry providers, are welcome to order custom versions to use for your own business – contact us for more information.

In addition to our dedication to quality, forward-thinking home design, we are also active in the community. Through our Plans for Education program, we are able to donate home plans to high schools and colleges for classroom instruction as well as hands on learning. We have participated in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Home Giveaway, Jan’s House of Hope cancer awareness crusade (read our current story in the HER HOME edition linked below), and most recently a supporter of Homes For Our Troops, which builds specially-adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. Internally, our Employee Wellness Initiative has taken off with employees participating in National Walk at Lunch Day, National Wear Red Day, and various other charges.

In January we exhibited at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando where we were recognized as one of only 60 companies that has been exhibiting for 25 years! This year’s show was a huge success with a record number of visitors stopping by our booth to discuss home design. We look forward to and are already planning for 2019 – we hope to see you in Vegas!

Builder Centric Gold LogoThis year will we be launching a new website with an enhanced plan search tool, making it easier than ever to find and compare home plans that meet your requirements. And, Builders, we invite you to explore our Builder-Centric℠ GOLD program where you can earn free home plans, discounts on products and services, FREE plan upgrades, and much more! As always, you can count on the Design Basics’ team to deliver innovation and leadership through creative home design, marketing, and business transformation solutions.

Design Basics…where great design matters.

Best Regards,
Kathryn Dick

Contact us: 800.947.7526

Resource Links:
HER HOME Magazine:
Woman-Centric Matters! Builder Program:
Builder-Centric GOLD Builder Program:

Housing’s Biggest Stage

Housing’s Biggest Stage

The NAHB’s International Builders’ Show and the NKBA’s Kitchen and Bath Show, were again held concurrently last month in Orlando. What were some of the highlights?

Home Plans. Two design aspects were particularly in demand at the 2018 show: dual owner’s suites (think multi-generational housing), and multi-elevation plan sets. Tied for most popular/top selling were: the dual master Cedar Glen II (with sibling plans Cedar Grove and Cedar Creek); and the multi-elevation Jensen plan set including the Jensen Place, Jensen Falls, and Jensen Creek plans.

Home Design Amenities. Not surprisingly, builders at this year’s show were looking for what’s new. Education sessions touted today’s trends toward family foyers with drop zones and benches, pocket offices, pet centers, prep pantries, and oversized, doorless showers as today’s must-haves – amenities appearing in Design Basics’ plans 10-15 years ago! Visitors to our booth were among the first to see some of our newest pre-trend amenities, including the innovative Stor-N-More™, Appliance Center, and Ante Room.

Developer Services. Being able to build out a varied, attractive, and cost-effective neighborhood using a small number of base floorplans with multiple elevations is a “sweet spot” with many of our land developer/home builder clients. Marketing services, such as rendered streetscapes and presentation plat maps garnered lots of attention as well.

Innovative Products. Here are a couple of our favorites*: Though they debuted previously, Brinks Home Security’s innovative “push, pull, turn” door handle sets really caught our eye. Whether your hands are full or for easier access by everyone, including the elderly, this is great technology!

The Beale MeasureFill pull-down kitchen faucet from American Standard. This innovative faucet delivers an exact volume of water – from half-cup to five cups – with a turn of the dial. A great time and energy saver when the faucet dispenses just the right amount of water! (photo courtesy: American Standard)

The IBS is the National Association of Home Builders’ premier event, made possible by the approximately 1500 exhibitors. Design Basics’ ongoing support of NAHB was recognized through identifying Design Basics as 1 of just 60 exhibitors belonging to the IBS Quarter Century Exhibitors club. In fact, Design Basics was the only major home plan design service exhibiting at the 2018 IBS!

Make plans to attend 2019 IBS in Las Vegas!

(*Product spotlights are for informational purposes only; we do not formally endorse any product or service.)

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