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Creative Ways to Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by

Nothing is more relaxing than a spa day, but between kids, work and cost, this is generally a treat reserved for special occasions. By adding a few creative touches to your master bath you’ll be able to have a great spa experience anytime you want, right in the privacy of your own home!

  • Thick rich towels paired with a soft fluffy white robe and spa slippers gives you that true spa feeling every time you shower. Install a heated towel rack for an even more decadent experience.
  • Cozy up those cold tile floors by adding heating elements. For the ultimate in convenience, include a programmable control panel which can be operated via a smart phone or tablet.
  • Lavender is one of the most soothing scents around. Strategically place a couple reed dispensers filled with lavender essential oils and stock a basket with lavender scented body oils, lotions and soaps.
  • Add a small flat screen television along with a compact sound system. This way you can enjoy soothing jazz while relaxing in the tub and then catch the morning news as you dress for work.
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Add a heated towel rack help give your bathroom a spa-like atmosphere. Source: Houzz

Turn your bathroom into a spa by contacting Design Build Team today for assistance. We are happy to help!

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.

The Right Ceiling Panels Can Add New Dimension to a Home

Posted on September 19th, 2013 by

An ongoing challenge in Kansas City home design is discovering new ways to make a room stand out without being overbearing. One area that is often overlook but can take a room tastefully over the top is the ceiling. Stretch your eyes up beyond the painted walls and crown moulding to explore the full potential of the sunken ceiling panels known as coffers.

Function to Fashion
Coffers date back to Roman times and perhaps before. Their grid design was originally part of the building structure and served as vital support beams. Today they have evolved into a stylish and fashionable way to dress up a room.

Grand Entrance
A rich, warm entryway overflowing with natural wood details receives greater dimension with the addition of coffers. A step beyond exposed wooden beams, coffers give the entry a natural and inviting elegance.

Exterior Style
Extending the boundaries outside your walls to exterior decks, porches and patios is a growing trend in home design. Incorporate coffers in your porch design and their recessed panels increase the opulent feel of your outdoor oasis.

To discover additional ways to include coffered ceilings in your Kansas City home design, contact our experts at Design Build Team today!