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Embrace a Modern Backyard Design

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by

The perfect backyard design can be difficult. While designers want to embrace nature, they don’t want the backyard to underwhelm or appear ignored. A modern backyard design offers a great way to bridge that gap. Here are some aspects of a modern backyard design that will work beautifully in any space:

  • Natural materials: Modern design uses materials that already belong outside — wooden floors, bodies of water and neatly groomed plants are all great additions to a modern backyard.
  • Open spaces: Yes, the backyard is already in the most open of spaces. However, a modern design won’t try to interfere with the ambiance. Large decks, open patios, and and see-through fencing (around a pool for example) all embrace and enhance the outdoor feeling.
  • Bodies of water: Rectangular sunken pools fit perfectly into the modern aesthetic, as do sunken spas (using a deck made of natural materials). Waterfalls and ponds are also possible as long as they look simple and are designed with natural materials.
  • Trees: Large trees can be worked into a modern design and lit for a dramatic yet strikingly natural effect.
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For more information about modern backyard design, or any other design questions, contact us at Design Build Team.

How You Can Save Money by Hiring an Architect

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by
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Remodels and renovations can cost a pretty penny, which is why we understand clients’ desires to reign in the pre-build expenses as much as possible. An architect’s services are often passed over in an attempt to save money, but this can be a costly mistake.

In many cases, an architect’s services can save you money. Here are examples:

You can’t do that here. Your design-build team may think that a specific plan change is possible, and then determine it isn’t once they open up walls, ceilings, flooring, etc. This may mean you have to scrap that idea altogether, but you still have to pay for the labor involved on both ends.

It’s all new to me. Even experienced builders come across a set of plans for a home that’s unlike one they have built before. An architect is a guiding light in this case, helping the build team get it right the first time.

Make your green home comfortable. Architects are interested in the holistic design. Hiring an architect to create a more seamless blend of green building practices, comfort/function and aesthetics, adds lifetime value to your project.

Is saving money by hiring an architect important to you? Contact us at Design Build Team for more information.

Designing a Vintage Bathroom

Posted on July 29th, 2013 by


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Recently Vintage bathrooms have become more common, and they always have a classic appeal to homeowners. There are various ways to create a vintage look to your home design by adding a few details from the sink to the tub.

Add a console sink that exposes the piping and has chrome legs. The deck of the sink has defined and wide edges. You can add a chandelier for a touch of elegance. A pedestal sink is another vintage type of sink with a small squared base, but its plumbing is covered.

Cararra marble is a stone that works best for a vintage vanity top and floors in the bathroom. Ceramic cross and lever handles with a white ceramic trim combined with the marble is a classic look. Tubs are freestanding with either claw feet or supported at the base. You can use a shower curtain that encloses the oval shaped tub suspended from the ceiling.

For additional information regarding designing a vintage bathroom, contact Design Build Team today.