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.)

Think Spring!

Think Spring!

The first day of spring is a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start dreaming of warmer temps, flowers blooming, and…a new home!
What better time than now to browse our home plan collection and select your dream home?

Think Spring, and enjoy 15% off your home plan purchase* — now through March 9!

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*To take advantage of our Think Spring offer, order online or contact us at 800.947.7526 with your plan order and mention offer code 33SPR. Offer valid: February 19 – March 9, 2018. The 15% discount offer applies to construction prints only (PDF, sets, or CAD files), and does not include study sets, dimensional plans, or Construction License only orders.

One is the Loneliest Number…

One is the Loneliest Number…

Expand your plan library by purchasing a multi-elevation plan set and save an additional 15% off the already discounted price!

Choose from over 100 plan sets with two, three, or four elevations to create a cohesive, yet varied look for your neighborhood. Builder Plan Sets include one full construction print and one single-build license for each elevation.

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To take advantage of our Valentine’s Day offer, contact us at 800.947.7526 with your plan order and mention offer code 33VAL. Offer valid: February 1-14, 2018. The 15% discount offer applies to construction sets only (PDF, prints, or CAD files), and does not include study sets, dimensional plans, or Construction License only orders.

 

Winning the War on Home Entertainment

Winning the War on Home Entertainment

Two battles continue: the sanctity of the owner/s bedroom (it’s not your “home office”); and whether or not there’s going to be a TV in the great room. For those willing to compromise on the latter issue, Seura offers their “Vanishing Entertainment TV Mirrors” that look and function as a framed mirror until powered on–that’s when these LED TVs literally shine through. Savor the big game with the TV on, and save your marriage with the TV off!

Read about more products for the home in our HER HOME™ technology issue.

Learn more about Seura products for the home.

When Pets Rule!

When Pets Rule!

We have a retriever that loves to run around a nearby lake made by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. She especially loves to roll around in the bait and any dead fish left on the banks of the water. The smell…

When we get her home, it’s bath time—no big deal if the temperature’s above 40 degrees—but when it’s cold, we bathe her in one of the bathtubs or showers. Unfortunately, we have a two-story home and all of the tubs and showers are upstairs on the second floor with the bedrooms, which means picking up the stinky, wet, dirty dog and carrying her to an upstairs bathroom. The struggle and the mess!

Oh how I wish we had designed a rear foyer with a pet center, complete with storage for pet food and other supplies AND a doggie shower! What a convenience to have everything right there and not have to traipse through the house. When it comes to pet centers, there are many ways to design. The photo above shows a pet bath, while the photo at left shows a pet shower. With a larger pet, the shower may be more ideal than an elevated shower for getting her in and out. Also, think about storage needs – bathing, brushing, food, treats, leashes, etc.

Keep in mind, a pet center isn’t just designed for a dog, a cat or other pet needs a place for their stuff, too. And, that shower is handy for rinsing off after working in the garage/yard or dirty kids or equipment/toys!

For more on designing with your pet in mind, visit our resources library for “Home Design Dogma, Creating a Pet-Friendly Home.”

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