Christmas in July – 20% off Home Plan Purchase!!

Christmas in July – 20% off Home Plan Purchase!!

Now through July 31, 2017,
take 20% off* your home plan purchase!

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To take advantage of our Christmas in July offer, order online or contact us at 800.947.7526 with your plan order and mention offer code 33CIJ. Offer valid through July 31, 2017.

*The 20% 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.

 

 

Home Plan Online Bookstore

Home Plan Online Bookstore

Did you know we have a library of home plan books – print and digital – to aid in your plan selection? Below is a sampling of our most popular home plan books.

Digital Plan Books

Design Basics Premier Home PlansOur digital edition of PREMIER HOME PLANS was recently released and contains over 60 trendsetting HER HOME VELUX Coverhome plans presented photographically and/or full-color artist’s elevation renderings! It also includes a special section on dual owner’s suites and three builder feature stories.

HER HOME™ Home Plans featuring VELUX® Skylights is a collection of home plans with skylights incorporated into the design.

(View these plan books by clicking on the image.)

Print Plan Books

Design Basics Premier CoverOur PREMIER HOME PLANS book is available for purchase and features hundreds of plans; includes Design Basics LAAG coversour special Home Design issue of HER HOME™ magazine.

Home plans for the way you live: Set of four plan books featuring over 200 plans categorized using our signature Livability at a Glance™ floor plan color-coding.

(View these plan books by clicking on the image.)

Check out our entire library of home plan books in our online bookstore.
Contact us to order: 800.947.7526.

Beyond the Basics with Kathy Dick

Kathy Dick, PresidentKathy Dick
President

You started working at Design Basics on a part-time basis, and now you are the President. Tell us a little bit about what that journey was like for you.

When I came to Design Basics, I was hired to do Accounts Payable; I quickly became more involved with helping in other areas of the Business Office. With the CFO living out of state, I was able to fill in with various tasks in the [Omaha] office and quickly took on more and more. Within just a few weeks I went from part-time to full-time. Soon, I had moved into the role of Assistant Controller; then, to Vice President of Operations. When the President of the company announced she would be retiring soon, I was approached by the owners about taking on the position. It just goes to show that you never know where life’s going to lead you next!

What do you enjoy most about working at Design Basics?

The staff at Design Basics truly cares about one another. Most have been here for several years – some 20-25+ years! – and, they made it easy for me to dive in and become part of their “family.” I love working with the great team of people that we have here!

What do you like to do outside of the office?

My husband and I enjoy camping (in our motorhome, not roughing it!), biking, hiking, walking, and spending time with our children and grandchildren.

Name three things someone might not know about you:

I was a cheerleader in high school.

I used to own and operate a coffee shop. Since I still have some supplies, I have my own little coffee bar at home so I can make specialty coffee any time. In fact, my husband and I just hosted a coffee bar for a friend’s daughter’s graduation and it was a big hit!

We have 10 grandchildren, the oldest of which is six, and two more on the way! We are a close-knit family and enjoy getting together often.

I went on a mission trip to Russia visiting orphanages where our group put on a variety of performances such as skits, songs, etc., spreading the love of Christ; we also visited a women’s prison and a boy’s prison. It was an unforgettable experience and a real eye-opener for me.

What’s your vision for Design Basics in the next 3-5 years?

To grow awareness of Design Basics’ home designs, services, and brands, both in our local market as well as across the United States. I am looking forward to our team designing more Woman-Centric homes and introducing plans that offer the most forward-thinking amenities. Most importantly, we want to help more builders sell more homes.

Learn more about Kathy.

Beyond the Basics with Carl

Design Basics - Carl CuozzoCarl Cuozzo
Senior Designer

What do you like best about working with Design Basics?

Design Basics has been a part of my life for a long time. I have met a lot of life-long friends over the years and we currently have a great group to be a part of.

What made you decide to become a designer?

I have been in drafting classes from 7th grade through high school. I felt this was what I was meant to do up until my senior year. I was very active with my church at that time and at the last minute I decided to go to a Bible College to become a youth minister. During my second year there, I really missed drafting and designing and made the decision to come back to Omaha to study at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.

What do you find is most fulfilling about working with our customers?

I love working with people and love designing houses. I am in a great position. I find that the excitement I see in my clients after I walk them through their final plans is the most fulfillment you can get out of a job well-done.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

What is spare time? Ha-ha! Every bit of spare time I find is spent with my family. I tend to work so much that I cherish the time I can get away with them. We enjoy going to the UNO Lancer hockey games and the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball games.

You hold a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. What do you enjoy most about it and do you still actively practice the discipline?

Unfortunately I don’t get to work out any more, but I still have a family in the martial arts that greet me with open arms when I get the chance to see them. The thing I liked most about training is teaching as I love being able share the tremendous information I have been taught.

Your son plays hockey and you host hockey players. What sparked your interest in the sport?

Jena [my wife] and I started going to Lancer games in the early 90’s. Neither of us had played the sport, but met a lot of great people at the games and got hooked. One game we were at in 2000, the staff announced they needed host families to house some of the players. Christian [my son] was 4 at the time and since we couldn’t have any more children, we thought we would open our home to these young men. That same year Christian started skating and enjoying playing the game. We have had 24 players, including 4 Europeans, over the years, and keep in touch with all but one. Christian is now playing for Missouri State and we enjoy getting down to watch his games whenever we can.

Name three things someone might not know about you:

  1. I was blessed to be born with two spleens! I got in a bike accident when younger and needed to have one removed; the second spleen grew, so I didn’t need shots.
  2. I met Jena’s kidney donor 30 years ago and didn’t realize it until two years after the transplant.
  3. In 30 years of martial arts, my only broken nose was when I won a light-weight title and had to fight the heavy champ for a Grand Champion title.

Learn more about our Team on our Contact Us page.

2017 President’s Letter

Kathy Dick, PresidentOn the heels of the NAHB International Builders’ Show, I am excited about the reignited energy of the home building industry. If you were able to stop by our booth, you probably noticed it was hopping! I’m not sure how many people you can fit in a 10 x 20 booth, but it was more than I imagined. Thank you to everyone that stopped by to meet our team, learn more about Design Basics, discuss home plans, or even just to say “hi.”

As I reflect back on 2016, I recognize some key accomplishments at Design Basics. First, we have been meticulously developing a new database. Though more of an internal project, it is crucial for keeping our plan search and ordering process running smoothly. With an 18+ month development and testing time, we were happy when it went live in the fall.

Second, we were delighted to introduce a new blog site. Not only is it a great place for you to find valuable information, but it is also a more efficient way for us to communicate with you. Easier navigation with just four topic categories; all newsletter, promotion, and other communications pass through the blog, which saves everyone – readers and internal staff – time. If you haven’t checked out the new Design Basics Blog yet, please do!

Most importantly, our designers have been working diligently to develop new plans to add to our library of home designs. At IBS, our booth showcased many new designs with the most desired amenities, such as multiple owner’s suites, large walk-in showers, and the Casita concept. As multi-generational living is a hot topic these days, many of our plans are designed with this flexibility in mind.

I am pleased by the progress we made this past year with updating our database, introducing a new blog, and expanding our plan library. This gives us a great start to our goals for 2017, and beyond! 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.

Sincerely,
Kathy Dick
President

Passion ~ Adaptability ~ Courage ~ Teamwork ~ Self-Realization
Visionary ~ Effectiveness ~ Integrity ~ Learning ~ Leadership ~ Efficiency

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