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Category: Insight

Townhomes on The Rise

Imagine: The American Dream. What are you picturing- a white picket fence, beautiful large windows with window boxes, corbel detailing, 3-car attached front load garage? Maybe not anymore…Townhomes are on the rise for two specific segments: younger Baby Boomers and Millennials. At first glance, it’s odd to think Boomers and Millennials could have anything in…

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2018 DSM Home Show Trends

If you missed this year’s Des Moines Home Show, don’t fear! We want to share our insight about the latest trends, fads, and fan favorites from the event. We toured each of the six custom-built homes presented at this year’s show and saw things we expected, loved, and were pleasantly surprised by. Here’s a recap of our…

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Finding Success with Modern Prairie Elevations

When Midwest builders wanted to introduce an updated look to their portfolios, they found success with the clean, minimalist look of the modern prairie style. Buyers have immediately gravitated to the contemporary feel, which commonly includes low-pitched hip roofs, horizontal window elements, and earth-toned colors and accents. The result is an eye-catching elevation that feels…

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The Benefits of Multigenerational Living

A growing trend in the housing industry is multigenerational living. According to PEW research, 1 in 5 households are multigenerational. These growing numbers are reminiscent of the 1950s when multigenerational households were at 21 percent before the current day lifestyle took over. BSB Design has a solution that makes multigenerational living enjoyable for everyone under…

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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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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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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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