Don’t Forget the Future Basement!

So, you’ve decided to have a new home built—congratulations! It is a rewarding and fun process as you move through the steps from choosing a house plan, to groundbreaking, to picking out finishes and finally moving into your new home. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to tailor your home to your personal […]

Color from the Top Down for Curb Appeal

Are you concerned with putting your home’s best face forward, but don’t know where to start? Creating a great exterior design doesn’t have to be difficult despite the challenges that so many people face. Simply following a few basic rules will put you well on your way to curb appeal success. Color expert Kate Smith, […]

Tips for Celebrating National Curb Appeal Month

by Kathy Ziprik, Staff Writer Break out the hammer and nails, the paint brushes and gardening tools — it’s National Curb Appeal Month! August is a great time to step back and focus on your home’s curb appeal. Does your front door need to be painted? Your bushes trimmed up? Your shutters replaced? Now is […]

5 Kitchens to Bring out the Chef in You

By Rachel Lyon, Contributing Writer for Direct from the Designers’ House Plans The kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether you’re a hardcore party planner or simply enjoy gathering your family at mealtimes, there is a kitchen design that will fit your lifestyle perfectly. Make sure your appliances are suited to your culinary goals—double […]