Are you working on a DIY home project? We want to help! During these uncertain and challenging times, we’ve been thinking of creative + functional ways to serve you.
We are now offering virtual consultations for your DIY projects. Some projects may include: patching drywall, installing plank flooring, repointing mortar, air sealing, replacing siding & rotten exterior cladding/trim, pouring concrete patios, framing, trim work, removing interior walls, and much more!
So many of us in our community are affected by COVID-19 and we want to help however we can. We understand these are difficult times and we want to offer financial assistance if you’ve been directly impacted.
Pay What You Can and DIY with Stearns.
We are offering “Pay What You Can” with the option of selecting how much you want to pay. Even if you’re unable to pay, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re all in this together and we want to be of service during this chaotic time.
During these uncertain and challenging times, we’ve been thinking of creative + functional ways to serve you and are happy to offer a VIRTUAL conceptual design for your dream remodel now. We’d love to schedule a meeting (online, of course!) with you and answer any questions you may have.
Habitat for Humanity BCS hosts a two-day event for our local youth to raise money for low-income families in our community. We were grateful to join The Arkitex Studio and Lowe’s in sponsoring the Youth Playhouse Build 2020.
Spring is here in College Station and Bryan. Summer is just around the corner! Everyone already wants to spend more time enjoying the outdoors! It’s a perfect time to start planning and building your outdoor kitchen.
A great outdoor kitchen is at least a couple of notches above a beautiful patio furniture set and your portable barbecue grill. We all love that picnic feel, but if you are going to spend your evenings entertaining or just relaxing and enjoying the cooler evening temperatures outside, you may want more amenities. Plus, an outdoor kitchen is a great way to keep your home cooler by avoiding the use of your oven and other appliances inside.
You can start your unique outdoor kitchen by placing a grill into stonework and creating custom-built counter-tops on either side. This style gives you easy-to-navigate areas for food preparation, cooking, and serving.
Next, you can add lights so that you won’t be limited to enjoying your outdoor kitchen during daylight hours. You may either choose to run electricity or install battery- or solar-powered lights. Since you want to enjoy the natural light as much as possible, you need enough light to be able to prepare, cook, and serve safely. If you choose to run electricity to your outdoor kitchen, you can also add a small refrigerator to keep your favorite beverages and condiments handy.
Here are a few other ideas:
For shade during the summer, you can build your kitchen under an existing covered porch, add a pergola, or buy a large patio umbrella.
Adding a water line to your outdoor kitchen will allow you to install a small sink for food preparation and clean up.
Add a fireplace or portable fire pit if you want to keep using your great outdoor space when the weather turns cold or to add a little ambiance for the adults and a way to make s’mores with the kids!
A gas line will allow you the option of barbeque fuels, and adding a small cooktop or oven can stretch your outdoor culinary choices even further.
The possibilities for an outdoor kitchen are endless! It depends on the frequency that you intend to use your kitchen and your budget. The key is to make it comfortable and enjoy our spring and summer climate here in Bryan and College Station.
Where is your happy place? For many of us, it is a place we go in our mind and when you shut your eyes and escape the stress + restriction of everyday life to feel completely at ease.
At Stearns Design Build, we are all about happiness. Our purpose is to design and build happiness, which is our tagline. For us, this is a well-studied pursuit with the science behind it. We use our building knowledge to help your home to become your happy place. By using this theory, it can give you pleasure and time to build relationships with your loved ones.
We believe that our homes should be more than our happy place; they should be a collection of happy places. There should be a place within your home carefully crafted for every mood and activity. While we can only hope that you will come to us with a large budget and big ambitions to help you make your home a collection of all your happy places, there is a great deal that can be accomplished without large budgets or professional designers + builders.
Begin by thinking about the things that make you happy. Where does that happen? What can be adjusted to enhance that space? Often it is as easy as cleaning + decluttering or organizing to make a space more useful.
Try not to get caught up imagining something so grand that it is not likely to happen. If you want to spend more time outside, you might imagine a beautifully manicured garden. It may be best to start with a bench placed well for the time of day that you want to be outside. Don’t give up on the grand garden, but start with something that creates happiness now.
Common home happy places include:
The kitchen as a place for culinary expression or as a gathering place.
A hobby space
A luxurious bathroom
A cozy place to read
The kitchen table for family meals
A media space
A front porch to sit and enjoy the interaction with your neighbors
A back porch where you bird watch
A screened-in porch where you enjoy a quiet conversation – yeah we like porches. They help connect people to nature, a proven way to create health and happiness.
Let us know where your happy place is and what you have done, or plan to do, to enhance that space. Send us your happy place photo’s to be featured on the next blog!