Design Blog

Usable Space Designed for Homes of All Sizes

Looking for a plan to build your new custom home this year? Having enough space to create your dream home is always an issue, so design planning upfront is vital to getting what you want and need in terms of functional space. We have many floor plans that are open concept, with exquisite master bathrooms and outdoor spaces to accommodate any homeowner’s style and preference. Even our smaller house plans can offer buyers the features and finishing touches brandished within larger homes.

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It's Easy Being Green

There was a time when building a “green” home meant spending a lot of “green” to make it that way, often having underlying stressors associated with being environmentally friendly. If a homeowner wanted to build something that was easier on the environment, it meant making sacrifices with not a lot of “comforts and conveniences”.

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Spencer Homes Wants You to “Plant” Outside the Box

You’ve built the home of your dreams! Now, it’s time to make your home feel uniquely yours. Since it’s springtime, homeowners are starting to think about planting. We all know that April showers bring May flowers... and we can hardly wait! If your time is limited, or you just want to use plants and flowers as accents in your home, Spencer Homes has some suggestions on how planting your perennial friends can be easy, imaginative and a fun project. Not everyone has a green thumb, so take a peek at these tips for your upcoming planting season and “get creative” with your garden, front porch or patio.

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Spencer Homes: A Reflection of Who You Are

Designing and building homes is the reason we get up in the morning. Our team agrees that working with our customers in creating a home that matches their vision, is more rewarding than any other profession we could imagine. Clients come to us with a wide variety of questions, anything from paint colors to closet sizes, and we are often asked “what works best and what doesn’t”. Truth be told, preference is everything. What may work for one family home may not work for another, so we’ve compiled a list of some things to consider when making your new (or not so new home) feel like it’s uniquely your own.

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Organize Your Pantry

It’s pantry time! Why is this always the last thing to get organized in your home? Maybe it’s because people assume it won’t be as much fun to arrange and adjust. Now it’s time for the fun! Is your pantry in need of a complete redo? Whether you’re looking to redesign the area or if you’re searching for a way to organize it, use the tips below to get started.

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How to Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Home Office

Getting organized at home usually starts at the home office. It’s the 9-5 place to work, pay the bills, go through mail, store documents, one-stop-homework-shop and more. For most homeowners, it’s the place where families keep their computers and games. Maybe for you it’s your home library, or the one place in your house where you can find your quiet space. No matter what you use your home office for, the last thing you want is for your home office to be a mess. Piles of papers and to-do’s only clutter your mind. It’s time to clear the clutter and make it easier to keep your office space organized so you can get down to business.

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Spencer Homes Makes Edwardsville Mudrooms Modern Again

What was once thought of as luxury, mudrooms are becoming more and more popular. These rooms that were once just laundry rooms have transformed into a storage "catch all", craft room, indoor gardening area and pet-washing room. By definition, a mudroom is an area built into homes to act as a barrier between the outdoors and the indoors. In parts of the globe with longer rainy and winter seasons (New England comes to mind), it just made sense to have a mudroom to enter into first, generally with placement off of the garage. Let's face it: does anyone use the front door anymore?

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