October 2008

Goldilocks and the Pre-Designed House Plan Always prone to wander, and one never to learn her lesson, Goldilocks returned to the home of the three bears one crisp Autumn day. It was from this very house she had run not so many days earlier, terrified by...

The Three Bears Design a Custom Home On a cold, wintry evening with little else to do in the large wood but seek shelter, a young bear family snuggled up together by a fire that they had made in their makeshift den. Oh, and as dens...

Need breakfast room inspiration? Check out this article on Southern Living's website for some great ideas. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the article. This look is more of a breakfast nook, its warm and cozy feeling is enhanced by the windows fitted with...

Not too long ago, clients wanted bigger and bigger when it came to house plans. It was not as important to pay attention to the tiny details, as it was to make sure that they had a certain size master or a giant great room....

Lately, all you seem to hear from the media is bad news about the housing market. It seems that when we think it couldn't get any worse, another grim headline tells us it is indeed getting worse. Nothing against the media, I read the headlines...

Purchasing your house plans will be less than 1% of the total cost you will spend to build, but what could be more important than the plans? They are the guiding factor throughout the entire process. When you get ready to select someone to design...

Last week myself and a few other members of Frusterio attended a Fall Open House at AG&M Architectural Granite and Marble in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Founded in 1992, AG&M is one of the country's largest suppliers of natural stone, namely granite, marble, and tile. They are...

In the past, rec rooms were a highly popular request when building a home. They were used as children's play areas, pool and game rooms, etc. But with the increase in technology and big screen tv's and media equipment becoming more affordable and accessible, the...

We often design homes and especially lake houses that are a rustic, cabin look. Everyone seems to love the look of stone, cedar shake, wood siding, and exposed beams. It is probably one of our most popular styles. I believe that a home should be viewed...

Bathrooms have come a long way. Take a look into a house built a few decades ago and you will see stark differences from homes currently being built. Bathrooms of the past were more or less necessary afterthoughts. They were usually small, cramped and just...