Monthly Archives: August 2011

How architecture influences interior design

Posted on August 26th, 2011 by

Most homeowners don’t realize how much the architecture of a home influence its interior design. They both have a very close relationship that must work together to create the look of your entire home.

According to the Dumfries & Galloway Standard, “Architecture gives an inspirational pointer into the way history and design can be incorporated into practical living space. How a building looks and the materials used in the structure should always be considered when decorating the interior. Designing the style of your abode need not set you back a small fortune in consultancy fees, if you simply consider the features of the building yourself.”

Planning your home’s interior design scheme is only limited by your imagination. Plus, inspiration for your home interiors can come from a wide range of places; different textures, historical periods, colors, visual effects and more. Take a good look at the inside and outside of your home for ideas. How does your home feel? What is the vision you have for your home?

For more insight on this subject, read “The importance of the outside on the inside: How architecture impacts interior design”.

If you need a design/build firm to work on the design of your Kansas City home renovation project or new home build, give Design Build Team a call at 888-570-1828.


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Focusing more on sustainable materials in the kitchen for 2012

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 by

Many builders, designers and remodelers in partnership with homeowners are making more of an effort now than ever into bringing more sustainable materials into the kitchen. The standard products in the kitchen now are materials that are recycled as well as renewable materials. “Green” is becoming the dominate theme in the kitchen due to the popularity of energy efficient appliances and the natural beauty of the sustainable surfaces that are available.

The materials that are in high demand will be those that will stand the test of time like honed and leathered textures for countertops. Homeowners who want a space that has masculine appeal should choose darker woods and stains, however those looking to create an earthy comfort zone need materials with cool and warm colors.

Have you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen into a more sustainable space that still features high style and smart design? If you need a kitchen renovation for your Kansas City area home, contact Design Build Team in Overland Park, KS. Let us create your distinctive space.


Source: Nancy Stone via Mountain Living Magazine
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Before you Build: Plan the Budget

Posted on August 19th, 2011 by

Renovating your current home or building a new home starts way before the foundation is poured or the demolition begins. The very first step that you need to take in either a remodel project or a new home build is planning your budget. This is the stage where you realistically think about how much money you are willing to spend and how much building or renovating will likely cost you. Knowing the appropriate costs helps you to modify your build plans in order to meet your budget.

When planning you budget, make sure you also include hidden costs. These hidden expenses can add up and will cause a huge discrepancy in your budget if not properly planned for. These expenses include:

  • Household appliances
  • Carpets
  • Telephone and cable TV connections
  • Window Treatments

And for those building a new home, plan for:

  • Yard Care
  • Utility costs
  • Taxes
  • Maintenance

Have questions about renovating or building your Kansas City area home? Contact Design Build Team at 888-570-1828.


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