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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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Black History Month Symbolizes Our Core Values

At Stearns Design Build we recognize Black History Month as symbol of our four core values. Quality – This is an opportunity for us to highlight people of quality who have made significant differences in our common experience. Caring – There are many aspects of caring...

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Honoring Black History Month: Maggie L. Walker

  With the removal of statues honoring the war of southern treason, some worry about the loss of southern heritage. This as an opportunity to reclaim the heritage of courage and overcoming, a heritage that stands in contrast to that of division and oppression. In the...

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Gratitude Journaling and Meditation

So many yowl at the despair of a political system devoid of compassion and an earth that is shedding biodiversity, losing the breath of clean air, and becoming a crematorium. They blame with an anguish that contorts their tone and an anger that blinds. They hate the...

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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 the 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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6 Reason to Consider Us for Your Next Remodeling Project

Because your home is your family’s sanctuary, finding the right remodeler is almost as important as finding the right family doctor. We might be the right company to provide care for your home. Here are five key reasons why our clients have chosen us.   1. Project...

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Our Cabinet Shop

Whether in the kitchen bathroom or elsewhere, cabinets are a focal point of craftsmanship. This is why we maintain our own cabinet shop. To be totally honest, we are cabinet snobs. We demand 100% solid wood cabinets, built to exacting specifications, we use the very best hardware to ensure durability and functionality and we build each piece custom fit to its exact location

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3 Reasons We Love Providing Free Energy Assessments

All of our projects at Stearns Design Build start with a free energy assessment.   We start with a large fan (pictured below) to depressurize the house. This allows us to identify where there are air leaks as air from the outside rushes in to replace the...

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