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When searching for where to plant your dream home, you are typically confronted with the big question: where do you want to build? Some builders have communities deep in the city, while others have more rural areas available. To help you decide where you want to build your custom home, we’ve put together a few…

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Yes, you always have the option of backing out on a custom home project. While we wouldn’t encourage it, sometimes canceling can be in your best interests. For instance, you may no longer qualify for your mortgage by the time the house is completed. The appraisal may come in lower than the contract price, leaving…

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6 signs you should fire your custom home builder

When building your custom home, you have to be sure that everything is done correctly. Not only do they have to bring your dream design to life, but it must be within code as well. That is why finding a contractor is no easy feat. You must take your time when searching for the right…

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If you are having your custom home built you are probably curious about what goes on during the process. Take a look at our timeline below to get the inside scoop! Before Building The first step in the process is to write up different blueprints for the home design. This is where you will have…

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For many people, a garage door is located in one area: the garage. However, recently there has been a new trend developing that gives garage doors a new purpose and location. Now the traditional vinyl garage doors have been given a glass makeover and open up to allow people not into the garage, but to…

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Getting Your Home Ready for School

It’s that time of the year again! School buses are getting started back up, classrooms are being decorated, and you are hitting all the sales for back-to-school clothes. While you have the basics covered like making sure your child gets a new backpack and colorful pencils, is your house ready to take on the new…

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5 Things to Consider Before Building a Home with Pets

A lot of thought and time goes into making sure that your custom home is your dream home. There is a lot to consider, from the perfect paint color, to the size of your rooms. Although planning these designs is important, it is also equally important for a pet-owner making the move to ensure that…

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5 Features to Include in Your Modern Day Kitchen

Kitchens have drastically changed over the years — with new style preferences and innovations, there are many new features and reinterpretations of appliances at your disposal. If you’re planning to design the cooking space of your dreams, consider including some of the following in your custom built home’s kitchen.    Hidden Dishwashers If you’d like…

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A Cool Movie Theater for Those Brutally Hot Summer Days

The amazing thing about a custom built home is your ability to add whatever you want to it, all depending on your interests and how you prefer to spend your time. No matter what it is you’d like a bonus room for, they’re typically meant for an activity you enjoy. One popular bonus room option…

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Holmes by Design focuses on one thing when it comes to home construction: what you want. Our homes are like no other, literally. We never build the same home twice, because each home is designed with the individual owner’s preferences, ideas, and lifestyle taken into account. We strive to build you a house you can…

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As spring arrives, we’re reminded of all the chores one typically does at the turn of the season. Although spring cleaning often sounds daunting, it doesn’t have to get done in one day. There are many ways to break up the chores — getting them done on an efficient timeline that doesn’t overwhelm the rest…

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There are a large number of housing options available for those who are looking today. From generation to generation, the preferences vary, but there’s something about the idea of a custom built home that is seen as one of the top options. Who wouldn’t like living in a place that was built just for them…

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5 Essential Questions to Ask When Building a New Home

If you’re committed to having a custom built home, you’re bound to have some questions before the project begins. With everything that goes into the project, though, it’s easy to forget about asking the important questions. Perhaps you don’t even know where to begin, but know that you should be asking something. Be sure you…

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When it comes to deciding what kind of flooring to install in your new home, it’s all about asking yourself the right questions. Your main flooring choices include carpet, tile, wood, and laminate. Between your taste and practicality, only you can know the best type of flooring that will give you long-term satisfaction. How Much…

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Why You Shouldn't Shy Away From Mixing Metal Finishes

When it comes to home decorating (the more expensive kind, such as permanent fixtures) the majority of people tend to play it safe. With venturing outside the box, there’s always the risk of buyer’s remorse and ultimately, regret. These feelings would be especially disheartening in relation to something you’ve invested in for your home… you…

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Why Middle TN Is a Great Place to Build Your Dream Home

In addition to the small details that go into making up a house, we also believe location plays a big part in how much you love your home. Since we want to make sure you don’t miss out on living in a great city, we’ve collected these 7 awesome things Middle TN has to offer…

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6 Things Homebuyers Don’t Anticipate Buying When Moving Into a New Home

A home isn’t your only expense when you choose to custom-build… or buy a home in general. While these expenses aren’t all necessary, this is a list of things home buyers tend to purchase after moving into their new custom home.

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5 Reasons You Should Convert to LED Lighting In Your New Home

One thing you may or may not be thinking about when building a home is what kind of lighting you will have. Lighting is very important as it can affect things like your mood and electric bill. Rather than go with the traditional light bulb, reconsider that choice by first taking these LED lighting benefits…

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3 Home Resolutions You Should be Making This New Year

It’s never too early to start thinking about what your resolutions will be for the new year. It’s best to start thinking of them now rather than on New Year’s Eve when you likely won’t remember to set a resolution. The more planning behind a resolution, the more likely you are to actually keep to…

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5 Questions to Ask When Deciding Between Remodeling and Building

If you’ve been living in a home for several years or have recently had your kids move out of the home, you may be starting to think about what home you’ll want to settle down in. Do you think the home you are currently living in is the home you want to stay in forever?…

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Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Are you looking to remodel a room in your home or remodel your home completely? There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to making changes to a home’s rooms or to its exterior. With the many remodeling factors comes many mistakes that are easily made if you’re not…

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pantry organization for the cluttered kitchen

No matter if your pantry consists of a few cabinets or is a walk-in for food and more, the area tends to be a place that gets disorganized– and fast! It’s no wonder, as we grab things and go. And the fact that its contents are behind closed doors allows us to be lazy… no one but…

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your to do list for autumn

September is finally here, and we’re already being graced with the occasional chill-in-the-air morning, without humidity (can you tell we’re excited?). Before we get wrapped up in all things fall, though, we should treat these mornings as a friendly reminder for the home maintenance we should be doing soon. Below is a list of just…

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why you need to think about your future home's exterior

When looking to build a custom home, one needs to consider all of the factors that go into putting up a new building. There are many aspects that can have an impact on the style and exterior of a custom-built home. If choosing to build in a neighborhood, look at houses in the surrounding area,…

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how to determine the proper island size for your kitchen

Kitchen islands are a great feature to add to your home because they become the heart of your kitchen and allow for more counter space and storage. You’ll only love it, though, if you plan it right. Otherwise, you can end up hating your island’s existence if it becomes a block in traffic flow or takes…

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Moving doesn’t have to be stressful. Organization goes a long way in making sure you make an easy transition into your new home. Here’s a few tips on how to stay organized and prioritize your unpacking. Label Boxes As your belongings begin to be stuffed into boxes, keep track of what is going into each…

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Before you ever start designing your office, discuss office rules with the person you’ll be sharing this space with. You both need to understand each other’s expectations for lighting and noise level. One may like lamps only, while the other prefers lamps and overhead light combined. One may blare music on speakers, while the other…

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3 summertime transformations for your outdoor space

Summertime is the perfect time to move outside… and this includes taking all of your home aspirations with you! Before all of the get-togethers with family and friends pick up momentum, why not try your hand at a backyard project that has the capability of transforming your outdoor space.   The awesome weather that the…

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mistakes to avoid when building a new home

Although building a new home comes with a great deal of excitement, what you’ve been dreaming of could quickly turn into a nightmare if the following factors aren’t being taken into consideration. Take caution during the home building process and be sure to avoid these easily committed custom home blunders.

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things to consider when building a custom home

Is this your first time designing a new custom home? Below are five things to consider before you begin to build. Closets and Storage When building a custom home, it is important that there be a balance to the amount of storage space you provide and the size of your home. If there is too…

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how to get the most out your custom deck

Extending your home’s square footage doesn’t require a demolition crew. Adding a custom deck has become commonplace in modern homebuilding, and for great reason. They give homeowners a chance to extend their living space in an affordable and functional way.

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3 useful outdoor home maintenance tips

Spring has finally arrived and the warm weather is here to stay. Now that you can comfortably spend time outside, it is probably a good time to get outside and accomplish some outdoor home maintenance tasks.

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Learn how to paint brick like a pro

How to Paint Brick Like a Pro One of the hottest trends in home building is painted brick. People are always searching for ways to make their homes stand out and reflect their personality and style, and painting brick is a fantastic way to achieve that goal.

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How to Prepare for a Harsh Winter Storm

As people who live in Middle Tennessee already know, snow storms are very much a possibility in the winter time. These storms can quickly turn hazardous as snow and ice accumulate, rendering roads unsafe for use and leaving you stuck inside your house for a period of time.

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Is it time to move on from your bathtub?

Bathroom remodeling trends are showing more and more homeowners opting to leave the time-honored bathtub out of their plans completely. If you are planning a bathroom remodel, you might be faced with the same decision: is it time to ditch the tub? The usefulness of your bathtub depends solely on your lifestyle. Bathtubs certainly aren’t…

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Outdoor living ideas to try at your custom home

It’s never too early to start planning an outdoor living addition to your home. While the weather might not be so inviting in the winter, it is the perfect time to start thinking about what you would like to see in your dream patio or deck area.

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4 Unique Remodeling Ideas For Your Garage

How many times has this scenario ran its course in your home: You purchase a new piece of furniture, nothing large like a bed or dining room table, but maybe a smaller end table or bookshelf. To make room for the new addition, you decide that an existing piece of furniture will have to go.…

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Is it time to move or remodel your Murfreesboro home?

After living in the same house for a long period of time, it’s natural to get bored of the layout, location, or appearance. But are you sure it’s in the best interest of you and your family to up and move to a completely new home? Or is it better to remodel your existing home…

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Home Renovation in Murfreesboro, TN

There is more to home renovation than meets the eye… You must decide on whether or not to embark on a remodeling project in the first place, and from there, prioritize the projects you’d like to accomplish.  What many clients struggle to realize is that they can’t do it all. It’s easy to get caught…

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Have you ever seen the Disney Original Movie, “Smart House”? In the 1999 movie, a 13-year-old boy wins a completely computerized house that cleans dishes, makes food, and controls a whole assortment of household necessities and chores. This seems like a dream house until the internal computer system goes out of control. Today, we have…

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Build a Custom Nursery for Your Home

Welcoming a baby boy or baby girl into this world is one of the most amazing things you can experience in a lifetime. The excitement leading up to the event is a one of a kind feeling and meeting your child for the first time is an unparalleled emotion. However, before all of this can…

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A Roof Top Garden Can Drastically Reduce Your Energy Bills

Rooftop gardens often give homes a luxurious look and feel, but did you know that they can serve a greater purpose than merely aesthetic? “Green roofs” can cut a significant amount of costs from your energy bill throughout the entire year. Green Roofing The roof of a home is extremely susceptible to heat loss during…

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Don't forget to vote for Holmes by Design in the Ruthies Awards

Since 1995, the Daily News Journal has asked readers to nominate their favorite business, places, people, events and more. From August 1st to September 5th, Rutherford County citizens are encouraged to place their votes and help their local restaurants, businesses, organizations and more win! Each year the main categories include: Entertainment & People and Places…

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When you can't find a lot, contact Holmes by Design.

The decision to build a custom home for your family in Murfreesboro starts with identifying the perfect lot. However, with the popularity of our great city increasing, lots are being taken like wildfire. Due to the proximity to the interstate, jobs, and school districts, many individuals are relocating to Murfreesboro and building homes here. This…

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This week's featured interior design trend is reclaimed wood. By Holmes by Design

If you browse through Houzz or Pinterest, you’ve inevitably seen reclaimed wood used across a variety of home and office building and remodeling projects. This new interior design trend is quickly becoming a popular choice among homeowners, office and business complex managers, and more. Due to the naturally weathered look of reclaimed wood, homeowners experience…

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A long time ago, having a home office was considered a luxury. Today, many custom homes are including a lavish home office to accommodate the busy schedules of working parents or the individual with a remote telecommuting job. Thanks to technology more and more of our workforce is skipping the commute and working right from…

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Be safe with fireworks this holiday!

July 4th is just around the corner, and you know what that means — fireworks and lots of them! Here in Middle Tennessee, we’re known for loving our amazing fireworks displays. Whether you attend a local Independence party here in Murfreesboro or head over to Nashville for the big fireworks event, your house could be at risk on…

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While the summer is full of exciting adventures with friends, parties with family, and trips to the lake, we can’t forget to take care of our homes. Should you neglect your home, the overall value (both financially and aesthetically) will decrease. Make sure you take time out of your busy schedule this June to accomplish…

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Here in Murfreesboro, we are lucky to have a gorgeous outdoor landscape. From spacious fields, to beautiful neighborhoods, there’s so much to enjoy. When building a custom home, take advantage of that unique view! Instead of closing off your home to the world outside, leverage your floor plan and home design so you can enjoy…

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Considering adding a Butler's Kitchen to your Murfreesboro home? Call Holmes!

We’ve all encountered this scenario at one point or another: You have a dinner party with several guests. No matter if they are your business partners, co-workers, friends or family members, you don’t want your house to look like a complete mess. At the same time, you have to prepare a massive meal. How do…

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Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting time! From the floors to the ceiling, you have the distinct opportunity to completely transform your kitchen. With so many options for every aspect of your kitchen, you have a lot of choices to make. However, there is a super easy decision we guarantee you’ll make and agree with…

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Building your custom home is an exciting process. While you may be focused on everything inside your home, don’t forget about your outdoor living area. From sun rooms to covered porches, your outdoor living area is just as vital as the floor plan inside your home.  A recent outdoor living trend includes adding a pergola…

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While Mother Nature cannot seem to make up her mind about the weather in Middle Tennessee, we are sure to have some beautiful spring weather soon. You know what this means! It’s finally time to get outdoors and get your garden and lawn looking beautiful. If you don’t have all the time in the world…

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Easy Home Exterior Projects You Can Complete This Weekend

Spring is here and it’s time to get to work cleaning the inside and outside of your home. When the warmer weather hits this weekend, get outside and start these easy home exterior projects. Check Your Gutters Over the winter months, sticks, leaves, dirt, and other types of debris can clog up your gutters and…

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Congratulations! You’ve made the awesome decision to remodel your bathroom. It’s an exciting time, but naturally you’ll have hundreds of questions about the process, your layout options and more. Holmes by Design in Murfreesboro, Tennessee has assisted several homeowners across the area with their bathroom remodeling needs and has all the answers to your questions.…

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Whether you’re constructing your new custom home or renovating your current home, your backyard could use some work. Have you considered adding any of these four outdoor living options? Each option will liven up your backyard and add appraisal and personal value to your home. Fire Pits and Fireplaces What better way to spend time…

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For those of you who aren’t fond of the winter weather, you can find solace in planning your spring remodeling projects. Instead of spending your winter season cooped up inside with nothing to do, you can start brainstorming, planning and getting ready for your spring remodeling activities. In fact, planning your remodeling project several months in…

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After a hard day of work, you deserve to come home and relax. In fact, you deserve your very own room dedicated to your relaxation and entertainment. You need a man cave. When building a custom home and/or a retro fit-remodel, you have the opportunity to incorporate a man cave right into your floor plans.…

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