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STEARNS DESIGN BUILD

Our blog featuring all things home remodeling, design and build with wide flung interpretation. Here we cover design concepts for kitchens, bathrooms, home additions as well as whole house. We also cover, green building,building science and building materials. In the wider flung reaches we cover urban design, the psychology of happiness and celebrations of those things. We are also happy to take and answer your questions.

Now and Then

I was a young child when my family moved to the Brazos Valley in 1967 and I am infused with these clay soils. Back then, Bryan had about 30,000 residents and College Station about half that number.  Presently, College Station and Bryan are the 13th-largest...

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Bathroom Remodel

There are so many great reasons to remodel your bathroom!  1) Increase the value of your home 2) Improve energy efficiency  3) Enhance aesthetics and so much more!  For this bathroom and client, the reasons were twofold and of tremendous importance. What if you have a...

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The Importance of Home Maintenance

We are excited to announce a new division of Stearns Design Build, Stearns Home-Care. As remodelers, on a daily basis, we see the impact of a lack of maintenance. Often homeowners just don’t know how to do the maintenance. Other times they are busy professionals that...

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Increasing Your Homes Value

When you decide to remodel your bathroom, you are breathing fresh life into your home. You begin your mornings in a bathroom you designed and love. This master bathroom was functional, well built, but very cramped and mundane. We started with a brand-new vanity with a...

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Maximizing Curb Appeal

A lovely home with simple lines that are hidden by a single color of paint. This home’s existing beauty has been hidden by the improper use of color. A significant change in paint was applied to accentuate the different elements of the exterior of the home. Such as...

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Blue-tiful Kitchen

"Stearns did an excellent job and our kitchen turned out better than I could have dreamed. We had been overwhelmed by all the potential choices before we engaged Stearns, and we found their design services to be hugely helpful. I was especially impressed by their...

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Is HomeAdvisor a Good Way to Find a Contractor?

HomeAdvisor.com is a popular site that spends a lot on marketing. So, are they a good resource for finding a contractor? My answer is that depends. So, let’s break it down. Pros HomeAdvisor has some great content, though some of it needs to be taken with a grain of...

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Mastering Color in Residential Remodeling

My name is Hugh. But today we will be talking about color so, today, I am Hue: a person of color.  The color palette is such a powerful and unifying element in interior design that it is to a where we start. In the process of guiding clients through selections and...

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Speaking to Your Home

I have always advised those who seek to build a home to camp on the land at least once, and through the course of a year if possible, before embarking on design. “let the land speak to you,” I advise. And the same is true of those who have bought a home and want to...

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Nature’s Free Energy Audit on a Frosty Morning

You can learn a lot about building science on a frosty morning drive.  The next time you are driving down a residential street on a frost morning, notice the roofs. Are they all glittery or is the frost patchy or all together absent in some places? The patterns of...

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