Back-to-School Promotion

Back-to-School Promotion

Take $200 off a home plan license!

Did you know many of our home plans feature amenities that can make getting kids off to school in the mornings easier? Built-in lockers in the rear entry foyer so that everyone has a spot for their backpacks, jackets, etc. Or, a computer/study area that is conveniently located in a main living area or near the bedrooms. So, to celebrate Back-to-School season, we’re offering $200 off your home plan license purchase!

To take advantage of our Back-to-School offer*, order online or contact us at 800.947.7526 with your plan license order and mention offer code 33BTS. Offer valid: Monday, August 27 – Friday, September 7, 2018. Click here for details.

35th Anniversary Featured in Strictly Business

35th Anniversary Featured in Strictly Business

Design Basics, LLC ( has reached an exciting milestone as the company celebrates 35 years of delivering innovation and leadership through creative home design, marketing, and business transformation solutions, while protecting their right to do so, maximizing value for their customers.

Design Basics began in 1983 as a custom home plan design firm for professional builders in their local community, Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years, Design Basics has expanded their offerings to include a wide variety of home plan designs, plan alteration services, and professional marketing products and services as well as keeping a focus on custom home design. Design Basics’ home designs can now be found throughout all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and other countries around the world.

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Home Plan Promotion

Home Plan Promotion

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!

Official Rules:

  • 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

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*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.

Loving What We Do

Loving What We Do

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!

Memorial Day Promotion

Memorial Day Promotion

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

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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.


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