Have Questions? Ask the Builder

Rich Kogelschatz, CAPS, CGB, Heartland Builders LLC It’s natural to have questions and changes when building a custom home. Prevent surprises and delays by getting answers from the top. There are lots of things homeowners can do to keep their building project running smoothly. Number one is making timely product choices, but another key action […]

Putting Together The Perfect Nursery or Kids Bedroom

You are ready to update your kids bedroom or design that perfect nursery.  The project can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect space for you and your child. “The important thing to remember when designing a nursery is to have fun with it, says Angie […]

6 Things to Keep in Mind Before Building a Home

Building a new home can be a very daunting project. It’s hard to know where to start and what you should know from the beginning to avoid mishaps. Is it more important to get those glass-front cabinets or the reading nook for the kids? “It’s all about the client’s lifestyle and what’s important to them,” […]

The Home Trend Everyone’s Talking About

Popularized by HGTV’s show “Fixer Upper,” the white-washed modern farmhouse is sweeping the home building and designing industry. Many of the homes in the HBA Parade of Homes featured rustic wooden beams, sliding barn doors, and refurbished antique décor. Dave Dusendang, owner of Dave Dusendang Custom Homes, has built his new million-dollar home incorporating every […]

Why Multifamily Construction Has a Positive Trajectory

Could you live with your parents again? What about the in-laws? Whether it’s aging parents moving in with their adult children or young adults living back with mom and dad, multi-generational households have specific needs when it comes to a home. Custom builders are seeing an increasing need to tailor homes to this lifestyle. A […]

The Floor Plan Everyone Wants

Whether looking for a new home or revamping a current residence, home owners continue to be drawn to the feelings of spaciousness, easy flow and welcoming togetherness evoked by an open floor plan. This is a trend that began in the early 20th century and has continued to make appearances in home design today.   […]

To Move or Remodel?

You’ve decided its time for a change or upgrade for a number of reasons. Your house doesn’t fit your needs, and you can’t deny it anymore.  The first step is to evaluate your motivation for change.  Is it because you need to move closer to work or do you feel you’ve hit the maximum capacity […]

A Look At The Benefits Of Aging In Place: How To Stay In Your Own Home

According to recent studies, as many as 90% of seniors over the age of 65 say they want to stay in their own homes as long as possible, and for many, this idea is appealing for many different reasons. It’s also very doable; with a few modifications and changes, most seniors can ensure their home […]

Storm Damage? What are the next steps?

Spring is here and so are those seasonal storms. The HBA has some tips for how to handle down tree branches, damage to your home, and avoiding shady contractors looking to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. ASSESS THE DAMAGE The roof is most susceptible to costly damage. If a tree limb or other heavy debris fell […]

Universal Design – Accessibility for All Ages

What is Universal Design? “Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”  (Ron Mace, of the Center for Universal Design) Why should I consider Universal Design for my home construction or remodel? A family’s changing lifestyle […]