Monthly Archives: September 2012

Add a Mud Room before Winter arrives

Posted on September 27th, 2012 by

The kids, the dogs, the cats, the husband… all of these are the perfect reasons for adding a mud room to your home before winter arrives. When the snow comes and the kids come in from playing outside, the husband comes in from shoveling snow, or the dogs make their way through the doggy door from the pouring rain, the mud room is your first line of defense for keeping the rest of the home clean!

It is the place for hanging keys, letting wet outwear dry, taking off muddy boots, storing bookbags, sports gear, and dripping umbrellas. The mud room handles all the dirty work so your family won’t track dirt through the entire home.

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The mud room is a great place for doggy beds. Your furry family members can dry off and take a cat (or dog) nap in their own comfy spot.



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Keep the clutter hidden with plenty of cabinetry and add some special touches of design with light fixtures and shutter style cabinet doors.


kids mudroom-ideas

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Have an active bunch? Keep the kids organized with plenty of cubby space in the mud room.

If you are looking to renovate or remodel your home and live in the Kansas City area, please give Design Build Team a call at 888.570.1828.



Unique Home Entrances

Posted on September 25th, 2012 by

When it comes to your Kansas City home’s front entrance, what stands out about it? Are there any interesting lines, any eye-catching colors, captivating forms? Many will probably answer this question the same way. When it comes to the front entrance many homeowners tend to stick to the traditional, which is more of the norm. But when you are remodeling your home and you want something that makes more of a design impression, the entrances of your home are a great place to start.

Take a look at a few unique home entrances that Design Build Team have found that stand out in a good way.


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This stair atrium is a unique display of color, shape, and creative design.


reclaimed porch doors

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Are you looking to preserve a few special pieces from your old home? These reclaimed porch doors give a beautiful vintage edge to this home entrance.


transom front doors

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Add an eye-catching design to your transom front doors with beautiful ironwork.

Have you seen any home entrances that stood out to you lately?

Home Character lives in the Architecture

Posted on September 21st, 2012 by

What gives your home character? The architecture of your home is important because that is were true home character lives. Not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.

architectural details bathroom

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Looking for a way to make your master bathroom unique? Consider an arch-topped shower to give more of an appealing look to the space.


DBT Gym windowDon’t stick to the usual shape. Create some interest with circular interior windows.

salvaged architecture as wall art

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If you want to preserve some of the original architecture in your newly remodeled home, don’t throw out all your old architectural pieces. This beautiful wall art was created with two old ceiling tiles, giving this reading corner an attractive focal point.

What ideas do you have for bringing out unique character in your home through a home remodel? If you are in need of a design build firm that specializes in architecture, as well as contracting in the Kansas City area, give Design Build Team a call at 913-722-1443.