Monthly Archives: June 2011

Why should I choose a Design/Build Firm?

Posted on June 29th, 2011 by

If you are searching for the right home contractor to build or renovate your home, you may ask yourself the question, “Should I choose a Design/Build firm?” The answer is absolutely yes! Hiring a design/build firm works to your advantage because you are getting the ultimate total package. By offering start to finish building and remodeling services, we offer you all the services of an architect, designer, general contractor, and sub contractors. Bringing a variety of design-related skill-sets to the table, a design/build firm normally targets the design process to your construction budget. Which means you are less likely to spend time and money having drawings produced for things you can’t afford to build.

Want more information on how a design/build firm can help you design and build your new home or remodel your current home? Contact Design Build Team located in Overland Park, KS.

The Benefits of a Natural Wood Deck

Posted on June 27th, 2011 by

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When it comes to designing and building a natural wood deck, there are a few advantages the natural wood has over other decking materials:

  • It is non-toxic and very strong for its weight
  • Makes a beautiful deck and can be easily worked
  • Wood is a renewable resource if managed correctly and produced with small fossil-fuel inputs
  • It is easy to reuse and recycle, plus, it biodegrades without any polluting byproducts

If you are worried that your natural wood deck will hall victim to fast rotting, your natural wood deck should be comprised of innate rot-resistance woods like native cedar and redwood. You can also go with imported tropical hardwoods like teak and ipe (also known as ironwood). For redwood, you want the wood to come from old-growth trees since the rot resistance is considerably greater the older the tree.

If you live in the Kansas City area, don’t hesitate to give Design Build Team a call at 888.570.1828 if you want a natural wood deck built for your home.


Design Build Team’s Choice of Materials – Product Selection

Posted on June 24th, 2011 by

Earlier this week we discussed “WHY HIRE AN ARCHITECT:Design Build Team’s Procedures for Product Selection”.

DBT’S Choice-making procedures are evident! Take a look at these two photographs of The DBT 2077 Idea House in Silverthorne, Colorado.

The master bath – a piece of marble we found down at Carthage Marble in Kansas City, Missouri.  We fell in love with it and had them keep it until we had the house going.  Carthage actually sent installers out to Colorado from Kansas City to install the marble (and the granite in the kitchen).

The plumbing fixtures – faucets in the bath are Grohe, very well made, easily serviced – the lavs are Kohler Caxton, again very well made and long lasting.  Flooring is travertine with coral marble insets.
Lower level kitchenette – FORMICA (I love Formica!) countertop, Grohe faucet, (left over sink we bought from a store going out of business!)   NOTE: Floor – an experiment we did in scored & stained concrete!  We found it a great, low cost, easy maintenance option for a concrete floor.