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Helpful Tips for Choosing Your Showerhead

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by

Have you found yourself standing in the shower thinking “this should be better”, but had no idea exactly how to change it? Well, there is one easy answer and that is a new showerhead.


Use these tips to find the right showerhead for your bathroom.

No longer are showerheads “one size fits all.” With so many choices available today, it’s important to take your time and select the one which best suits your needs.

  • A fixed showerhead is exactly as the name implies; it is permanently attached to either the shower ceiling or wall. Most of these fixtures have limited adjustability. Hand-held showers are attached to the wall by a pliable hose or wand. Frequently the entire unit is fastened to a moveable bracket allowing for greater flexibility.
  • Government standards have mandated showerheads cannot generate more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. If water savings is your goal, then invest in a low-flow showerhead. These showerheads spray much less water per minute with no loss of pressure.
  • Another important decision is the nozzle style. Select a wide round sunflower showerhead to simulate a gentle rain, or select one with several different nozzle settings. These can range from an invigorating pulsating pattern, a sharp hard spray or a fine mist.

When choosing a showerhead don’t forget these helpful tips. Then, when you’re ready to design the bathroom of your dreams, please contact the professionals at Design Build Team for assistance.

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Kansas City Homes and Gardens Silver Award For Best Green Home

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by

We wanted to thank KCH&G for highlighting our DeSoto ranch in their recent newsletter. We are proud of the award we received for Best Green Home.

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Andrea Darr of KCH&G wrote, “Designed in the Prairie style, this rural DeSoto ranch reached a HERS rating of 61 due to its passive/active solar design and energy-efficiency measures, ranging from rigid insulation under the basement slab and a tight envelope with ERV for fresh air to a high-efficiency wood-burning stove, solar hot water collectors and a ground-source heat pump.”

A special thank you to Andrea for recognizing the hard work that went into this project. We incorporated Aging in Place details so that the homeowners can grow into this space.

What do you think of our DeSoto project.


Bring the Pantone Color of the Year into Your New Home

Posted on January 8th, 2014 by

Each year, Pantone selects a color that it believes represents the modern interior design community. For 2014, the Pantone Color of the Year is “Radiant Orchid”, a luscious shade of orchid offering a regal feel without the tendrils of bureaucracy. Combining purple, pink, and fuchsia, Radiant Orchid blends expressiveness with beguilement.

Bring the Pantone Color of the Year into Your New Home

Radiant orchid can be brought in the bedroom or used to highlight a living room.

More than just a purple, Radiant Orchid combines the traditional sense of royalty with a more approachable ambiance. While purple has always had elitist and exclusive connotations, this lighter tone carries the same power without outdated demands. There is a cool warmth present in the shade that welcomes any designer to apply Radiant Orchid to their next project.

While last year’s Emerald represented sustainable practices and innovation, the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year contains a more exotic flavor enticing the senses. Closer to the majestic mountains of the American West than the classic bourgeoisie attitude, Radiant Orchid inspires revolution rather than relying on the existing status quo.

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Among other trends, watch for the contemporary projects of 2014 to carry a strong taste of Radiant Orchid. For help planning your next project and incorporating lovely shades of purple, pink, and fuchsia into the home, contact Design Build Team today to get started!