Now that baseball season is in full-swing, we invite you to ‘round the bases’ and ‘score’ our latest design amenities! So, in honor of the first official World Series played in 1903, we are offering $115 off a home plan purchase when you complete our All-Star Amenities survey! In addition, just for completing the survey (no purchase necessary) you have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
Don’t strike out – be sure to participate today!
- Access the survey below and ‘score’ (rate) your favorite amenities at each field position.
- To receive $115 off your home plan*, you must complete the survey to access the offer code.
- One (1) entry per builder/company or homebuyer for the Amazon gift card drawing (no purchase necessary); winner will be chosen at random on or around June 18.
- Call to place your order by Friday, June 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm Eastern. Phone: 800.947.7526
*To take advantage of our All-Star Design Amenities promotion, you must click on the ‘Play Now’ link above and complete the survey to receive your offer code. The $115 discount offer applies to the purchase of full construction prints only (PDF, sets, or CAD files), and does not include study sets, dimensional plans, or Construction License only orders. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount program. Please contact us at 800.947.7526 if you have any questions.
In 2018, Design Basics is celebrating 35 years of providing home builders and home buyers with quality home plans. In an age where only 20% of businesses are still in business after 20 years, we are grateful for the many wonderful people who have contributed to our success. We hope that in sharing some of the lessons learned on our journey, you will find applications leading to your ongoing success!
Our products have evolved. Building codes and building materials have changed, household composition has become more varied, and home buyers’ design preferences have changed. Design Basics has both embraced new design trends as well as introduced design amenities, which have since become today’s hottest trends. The secret is actively listening to our customers’ challenges and dreams, resulting in some of today’s best-selling home plans.
How we create our products has evolved. Most obvious was moving from manual drafting to CAD of the construction drawings, making plan creation and modifications more efficient. While Design Basics has always used a team approach to home design, by the mid-2000’s we have utilized a co-ed design team, elevating the importance of women’s preferences in home design. Technology also now makes photo-realistic presentation renderings attractive and affordable, helping customers better envision the built home.
How we deliver our products has evolved. Back in the day, Design Basics ran lots and lots of blueprints and vellums, which were both erasable and reproducible. They were shipped out by the next business day via UPS or FedEx. Today, most home plan orders are sent as digital files (PDF or CAD formats), both making for a quick delivery as well as more economical for all parties involved.
How we market our products has evolved. In the 1980’s, our marketing was pretty much word-of-mouth, ads in BUILDER Magazine, and the NAHB International Builders’ Show. Starting in 1990, Design Basics added a very successful self-publishing program via direct mail distribution of publications for builders and developers. By 2007, the Internet and digital marketing replaced most of the company’s direct mail efforts, but has given us added flexibility in creating and disseminating marketing materials and home plan designs.
The bottom line? It’s great to love what you do, but it’s not okay to be infatuated with how you’ve always done it. Embrace the changes that keep us moving forward, while continuing to provide innovative design and exceptional customer service. Design Basics…Where Great Design Matters!
Did you know the first Memorial Day was widely observed 150 years ago on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers? In the years following WWI, it has evolved as a day to honor the sacrifice of all military service members, first responders, and their families.
In honor of the 1868 Memorial Day proclamation,
Design Basics is offering $150 off your plan purchase.
In exchange, we ask that you share with us how you observe Memorial Day by posting on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages; or, tell us when you call to place your order. Here are a few suggestions of ways to honorably and respectfully observe Memorial Day:
- Displaying the Flag half-staff until noon
- Participating in the “National Moment of Remembrance” by pausing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps at 3:00 pm local time
- Visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of fallen heroes
- Visiting a local Veteran’s Home/Hospital
- Attending a Memorial Day Parade
- Spending time with friends and family
Details: To take advantage of our Memorial Day offer, contact us at 800.947.7526 with your plan order and mention offer code 33AMD. Offer valid through Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 5:00 pm Eastern. The $150 discount offer applies to full construction prints only (PDF, sets, or CAD files), and does not include OTB plans, study sets, dimensional plans, or Construction License only orders. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount program. Please contact us at 800.947.7526 if you have any questions.
Have you taken advantage of our many services we offer for developers? If not, now is the time to check it out!
- We offer over 2500 plans in our library!
- Multi-elevation plan sets — a core plan with different elevation styles saves time and money.
- Custom home design.
- Plan alterations.
- Promotional artwork — market the plan before purchasing the full construction set.
- Plat maps
- Community logos
- Community signage
- Amenities artwork
- Lot Markers
- Builder-Centric℠ GOLD — receive discounts and materials to help you sell more homes.
- Woman-Centric Matters!® — recognizing the importance of women’s preferences in the home.
Learn more with our Developer Services program, and contact us today!
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.
NOTE: See the March Mania page for complete rules and details.
As 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!
This 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.
Contact us: 800.947.7526
HER HOME Magazine: http://www.designbasics.com/bookstore/her_home_magazine.asp
Woman-Centric Matters! Builder Program: http://www.designbasics.com/woman-centric-matters.asp
Builder-Centric GOLD Builder Program: http://www.designbasics.com/homebuilders/builder-centric.asp