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Innovative Design

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Feb 29, 2012

    We found these interesting and innovative building and home designs. Great inspiration for your next project, although we will acknowledge that they are a little over the top!  Enjoy




Tags: House Design, Home Designs

Woman-centric Design

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Feb 28, 2012

     The real decision makers, when it comes to home design, style and functionality. We have found that men are great with the "big picture" but women prefer to focus on the details.  Things like functionality of living spaces, smart use of storage and seating areas, good bathroom design are all areas at which women excel.  We found some helpful tips in the 10 Commandments of Woman-centric Design.  See below:

  1. We shall pay extra attention to the design of de-stressing areas in your homes.

  2. We shall not overlook the importance of the rear foyer entry into the home.

  3. We shall not forget the kitchen as a primary entertaining area.

  4. We shall remember the unique needs of blended families.

  5. We shall honor my time with an easy-care, organized home.

  6. We shall not design homes with inadequate storage.

  7. We shall not underestimate the importance of natural light.

  8. We shall not use exterior products that burden you with maintenance and upkeep.

  9. We shall not ignore your changing needs and will incorporate flexibility into our designs.

  10. We shall not neglect those of you who operate a home-based business or work from home.

Thes are from Woman-Centric Matters!, a division of Design Basics LLC  (www.designbasics.com.)

Most importantly we have learned to listen. Determining needs and meeting them is the basis of good design.  If you are thinking of a project and have any questions, click below to talk to one of our experts.

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Tags: House Design, woman-centric design

What is Hot and What is Not in 2012 Home Designs

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Feb 08, 2012

    Looks like some new trends are emerging at the International Builder's show in Orlando.  See link from Yahoo Real Estate to discover the latest trends.  One of the most interesting points is the turn back towards smaller, more efficiently-designed homes. It looks like crafstman-style homes are seeing a resurgence, while other styles, such as the classic split level are all but gone.

Click here for more: What's Hot in Homes for 2012

Tags: House Design, custom home, house trends

10 Custom Home Trends for 2012

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Feb 01, 2012

   Things are changing in 2012.  More of our customers are seeking value based designs and improvements that provide functionality, and flexible use of spaces.  Builder magazine recently published an article about the top 10 custom home trends for 2012. Bonus rooms, sunrooms / screened porches, exterior upgrades and garages are all on the top of the list. So far this year we have seen several requests for finished rooms over garages, finished basments with open, flexible spaces, and room additions that can serve multiple purposes.

    The current design trends are evolving into a lifestyle driven home, where you don't see things like formal dining rooms, separate living rooms, or dens. Most of the demand we have seen has been for open living spaces, where families and friends can gather and entertain with all of the important amenities in one place. 

Click here to see the article and slideshow from Builder Magazine :10 Custom Home Design Trends for 2012

If you are considering a project this year, and would like more information, click here for a no obligation consult:

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Tags: Cape Cod Builder, House Design, custom home

Before You Design, Build, or Renovate a Home

Posted by Matthew Teague on Mon, Jan 09, 2012

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The Design, Build and Renovation of a home requires an integrated systems approach.  Ideally the entire process, from design to construction, has been planned so as to maximize an efficient timetable for project completion.  Equally important is ensuring that the resulting home is a healthy environment for its occupants.

Systems Approach Can Save Money

"Applying the principles for a healthy home, to design, construction and renovation, does not have to result in significant cost increases.  By understanding interactions between building systems, we can identify cost saving trade-offs that improve building performance."

The link below directs you to a booklet which offers valuable insights into some key aspects and design criteria to consider prior to starting your project.  Some of the major design considerations are related to:

1. water

2. air

3. combustion

4. dust

5. creatures.http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/pdfs/db/32114.pdf

Although this pamphlet is intended for those in the construction industry, it's content is relevant and accessible to homeowners.

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Tags: renovation, green homes, House Design, building on cape cod

New Home In Dennis, MA

Posted by Matthew Teague on Mon, Dec 19, 2011

  Here are some interior shots of a new home that we have been working on for a few months in Dennis, MA.  This week we are installing the kitchen, finishing the interior trim work, and getting ready to install the plumbing fixtures.  This home is located in our Dr. Stanton Rd. neighborhood, and has a traditionally-styled exterior, with an open floor plan, and some more contemporary styling inside. If you would like to see more of this home, please click here -Request Info


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Tags: Cape Cod Home, Cape Cod Builder, House Design, bathrooms, house plans, New home

Construction Costs

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Nov 23, 2011
Current and Future Construction Costs

Whether you are thinking of remodeling, renovating or building new, the biggest hurdle for most is the cost of construction.  Planning your project is a delicate balancing act between what you want in your home and what you need, and somewhere between those two limits is where you will want to add up.  Often times, people come in with a concept only to find out that they can't afford it. How do you avoid this? Planning!!. Working with a team of professionals who know design, construction, permitting and costs allows the consumer to set realistic expectations, budgets and goals.  Our suggestion is to find out what you can afford to spend, and then tailor a project to achieve goals that are within that budget.  Construction costs, although stable in many respects have changed, especially in the coastal areas of Massachusetts.. See our article for more information on  Current and Future Construction Costs

Tags: renovation, remodeling, House Design, house plans, new construction

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