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Who Will Build Your Next Remodeling Project?

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Design Build Pros works as project designers taking our clients through the design and development portion of a remodeling project. This includes the conceptual design using dollhouse overviews and CAD, written scope of work with line item pricing, +/- options, design appropriate product selection allowances (along with introductions to Design Build Pros  Showroom Partners), and calendar schedules outlining project timelines. At that point, approximately 70% of our clients elect to use one of our full service, turn key, Network Remodelers. You can read about what separates our remodelers here. How do the other 30% of our clients get their projects completed? There are three options:
  • Build it themselves
  • GC it themselves
  • Use a remodeler outside of our network
Below are two reviews from clients who used DBP's design and development services, but chose a remodeler outside of our network. As you can tell, this option certain adds some variability to the situation. While DBP works for the client and NOT the remodeler, most clients find that our "ground rules" for our network remodelers along with our vetting process goes a long way in terms of getting the project completed in a manner that leaves all parties happy. Continue reading

Upper Cabinets for Your Kitchen Remodel

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Many kitchens don’t have upper cabinets occupying the space reaching the ceiling. They provided multiple purposes such as increased storage space and give the opportunity to display items, all while provided a more finished look to the kitchen.  Upper kitchen cabinets, or stacked cabinets are perfect for seasonal cookware or other appliances that get very little use annually. Also ideal for those of you with a collection of cooking utensils or silverware. How often can one complain about having too much storage space? Continue reading

Induction Cooking in Your Kitchen

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Induction cooking ~ Design Build ProsInduction cooking is a two-part system. The first is a coil of copper wire and when the electric current flows through the coil it creates energy. The second part is the pan itself. Not all pans will work on an induction cooktop. Pans that consist of 100% copper, 100% aluminum, or 100% non-magnetic stainless steel will not work.  The bottom of the pan must have an iron base in order to work, easiest way of checking is to hold a magnet to the bottom of the pan. With a traditional radiant cooktop, the entire element would heat with the surface glowing red. But not with the induction cooktop, all the electromagnetic energy passes through the cooktop and into the pan which causes the iron molecules to vibrate creating the friction that heats the pan. Continue reading

Instant Hot Water Dispensers

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Instant Hot Water Dispenser - instahot Instant Hot Water Dispensers (Instahot) are not complicated by any means and are very useful. They consist of a miniature electric water heater and a storage tank that are both installed under the sink. Many are connected to water filters, and some models even provide cold and hot water from the sink. Water flows up the supply line into the filtration system guaranteeing the freshest water possible, from there it travels up to a 2/3 tank where it is instantly heated to around 200 degrees. While the water is heated it is replaced by fresher water and with the fast recovery system it can deliver up to 60 cups of boiling water per hour. Continue reading

COREtec Flooring for Your Remodeling Project

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Core-tec flooring - Design Build ProsCOREtec is a new innovative luxury vinyl flooring. COREtec combines style, performance, and comfort that is hard to be matched by anything else. COREtec is offered in 50 different colors and styles, imitating both tile and wood floors. Further, COREtec’s unique structure help it stand apart from others in the industry. It is made up of recycled wood, bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC. These materials combine to make the flooring very strong and stable. Continue reading

Midcentury Modern Style for Your Home

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Midcentury Modern Style for Your Home Mid Century Modern House DesignToday’s modern day homeowners are beginning to feel nostalgic for the beautiful architectural designs that the 1950s have to offer. They are now taking modern-day homes and propelling them back in time. Many of the homebuyers in today’s market are looking for beautiful mid century homes and unique, modern gems. Simply put, the average homebuyer today is getting tired of our prefabricated, mass-produced society. They want something unique and original to show the world that they are interested in more than our overly simplified world has to offer. Continue reading

Eric Bastian of Dream Home Remodeling

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remodeling-industry-interview-with-eric-bastian-of-dream-home-remodeling-1Design Build Pros  recently had the opportunity to interview Eric Bastian, owner of Dream Home Remodeling. Eric is a highly respected figure in the remodeling industry and Dream Home Remodeling is a Design Build Pros Preferred Remodeler. Q: How would you describe your own personal remodeling design taste? A: I can appreciate all styles. I’ve done everything from ultra-modern, to French country, to casual eclectic. I enjoyed them all, and really liked the finish product. When I do my own house, my personal design taste is Modern Rustic. I like warm grays with medium to dark floors, and antique fixtures and furniture. I like anything distressed, mixed with modern appliances, stainless steel, and even industrial lighting accents. Continue reading

5 Great Home Projects and What They Cost

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5 Great Home Projects and What They Cost kitchen remodel with wall removal - Design Build Pros (2)This is a guest blog done by Kathi Fleck of LoneStar Property Solutions. You can read an interview she had previously done with Design Build Pros here. Remodeling one room seems to have a snowball effect in that there’s always something we feel we can do to make other spaces better, more efficient, more comfortable or just more visually appealing. With that in mind, we’ve pulled the most requested add-ons by clients once their initial project has started. These low to high-impact changes can improve your home and add to its functionality. Each project features what type of remodeling professional(s) can complete the home project and if a permit is required. We’ve also included the approximate cost information below. Continue reading

Buying a Home with Intent to Remodel

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House for sale to be remodeled - Design Build ProsOne inquiry we get frequently at Design Build Pros is homeowners who purchase homes with the intention of embarking on a “major remodel”, whether that is in the form a complete interior renovation, large additions, add-a-level, or some combination of the aforementioned. While Design Build Pros has successfully done the design and development for several of these types of projects, there are various aspects of the major remodel undertaking that homeowners should understand ahead of time. Continue reading

Protecting Yourself and Newborn in your Household

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Hi There, Fellow Gardeners! This is AnnahMarie and Becca. Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens of Indiana will be sharing information on Protecting Yourself and Newborn in your Household. Whether you’re pregnant or your toddler is just beginning to crawl, we are here to share a few tips for you and your baby. Continue reading