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Archive: 2018

BSB Design Wins 4 Merit Awards

BSB Design has received 4 Awards of Merit in the Gold Nugget Awards! View all of the winners here. These awards place our designs as the top vote recipients in each of its’ categories. The finalists for the Grand Awards will be announced on June 28 at the Gold Nugget Ceremony in San Francisco. Best…

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Investing in Your Workspace

The nature of work has changed greatly, so why haven’t we redesigned how our offices function? Full-time working Americans report logging an average of 47 hours per week, and nearly four in 10 workers report logging 50+ hours a week. Where we spend our time greatly affects our mood, productivity levels and overall happiness. With…

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Small Changes in Housing That Make a Big Impact

We know that housing design doesn’t change overnight. It does, however, need to constantly evolve to keep up with the latest trends and what homebuyers desire. So how do we create this happy medium? Small Changes = BIG Impact. Even the smallest adjustments to a floor plan design can tremendously affect demand. We’re seeing these…

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What Inspires You: Ed Binkley

“Perhaps my biggest inspiration, as an architect/designer, comes from my ears, eyes and experiences. I listen, read, look at photos, explore and have collaborated with many creatives through the years.” I seek the opportunity to design places where people choose to go…to live…to love…to celebrate…and to also, unfortunately, grieve. A person’s home contributes greatly to…

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Making Modern Work in Market Housing Design

When a developer, builder and architect all share a gut feeling that the Midwest market is “ready for modern”, it’s worth noting. This conversation at a recent client meeting in our Des Moines, IA, office wasn’t driven by analysis of buyer profiles or highly specified market research. Instead, the lack of variety of available new…

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Designs that Appeal to Baby Boomers & Millennials

Our last blog post highlighted some of the key differences in the housing preferences of Boomers and Millennials. By understanding these differences, we can create flexible floor plans that will appeal to both generations. DESIGN FEATURES FOR BOTH GENERATIONS SMALLER HOMES Boomers are at the age where they may be ready to downsize, or maybe…

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What Inspires You: Mark Mitchell

There are many experiences along the way that has made the difference. Though these impactful moments may have been fleeting or elongated, it is a thirst for connection to the people, time and space around me that drives my inspiration. It also tends to frequently make me late and keeps me perpetually seeking out a…

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Boomers vs. Millennials: What’s the Difference?

Each new generation seems so different from the last. Baby Boomers differ from Millennials, and Millennials will differ from Generation Alpha. These differences manifest in a variety of priorities and preferences, especially in regard to housing. THE STATS Even though 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day, they aren’t settling in to stay where they…

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What Inspires You: Doug Wirth

“For me, design is not something that is intellectual; it’s much more of a spontaneous act.” I never think of myself as being particularly inspired… certainly not by any specific influences. My approach to design is mostly just to “Let It Happen”. Every project has at least some parameters (style, scope, type, scale) laid out…

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Getting Approved is a Big Deal

Anyone in the architectural field knows how challenging it can be to get a project from paper to approved to vertical. The countless tweaks to get from an initial concept to a built project will likely never be seen. The work behind the scenes means long, challenging hours and, more often than not, a project…

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