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4 Space-Saving Designs For Your New Home

Categories: Build Your Dream | Posted: July 15, 2019

4 Space-saving Designs For Your New Home


The decline in the average home size continues while consumers no longer have a desire for fancy 3-car garages but instead are keeping practicality front-stage and center. NAHB surveyed nearly 4,000 home buyers—those who have either recently purchased a home or plan to purchase a home within the next three years—ranking 175 features based on how essential they are to a home purchasing decision. Many of the features that buyers desire in 2019 are focused on saving space efficiency. Here are a few space-saving designs to consider when planning the layout of your new home.

The Window Seat

A window seat is a great place to relax and read a good book. It’s a well-lit area that allows natural lighting into the space, gives the room a unique focal point, and creates an inviting feel. With the right craftmanship a window seat can be a classic piece that gives the illusion of freestanding furniture. Instead of adding an old school bench top, use drawers to occupy the bottom of the seat to create an easily accessible storage area.

Under the Stairs

Under the stairs isn’t a creepy place anymore. Where there was once cob webs and coat racks there is now playrooms and wine cellars. Wondering what to put in the area under the stairs? Design this space according to your style by adding a built-in house for your pet, a home office, a place to show off your antique or book collection, extra office space or a playroom for the kids.


The Laundry Room

According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, 72% of second time home-buyers would rather have a laundry room than an actual living room. The survey focuses on what features they consider to be “essential” in their next home. “Laundry rooms have become so popular because most people no longer want to see or step over messy lumps of dirty clothes in the hall or in the kitchen,” says Rose Quint, who oversees survey research at NAHB. “Buyers want all that behind a door they can close and get to when they have time.”

Homeowners can best utilize this space to its full potential by adding shelving, hanging drying racks from the ceiling, or even enclosing the washer and dryer. The modern trend is employing the commonly known phrase “Out of sight, out of mind” by tucking everything away for a minimal, clean feel.

A Vertical Approach

Whether your lifestyle centers around entertaining or not, the kitchen is a vital area that some consider to be the most important room in the home. Maximize the vertical space in the kitchen by extending cabinets vertically (all the way up to the ceiling).  Not only does the vertical approach justify the space but it also gives the illusion of height and makes the room seem taller. Designers are employing vertical tactics that increase space so that they can install custom kitchen islands, which are also great storage areas.


Whether you’re remodeling to sell or brainstorming the layout of your dream home, be sure to maximize the square footage by incorporating space-saving designs that offer efficiency and allow for other features that best support your lifestyle. Southwest Homes is a quality home-builder offering custom floor plans that inhabit convenience, sustainability and efficiency. Already have floor plans of your own? We make ideas come to life and go above and beyond to deliver your vision. Give us a call to speak with a professional building consultant today.


Recent Texas Hurricane and Flooding

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 30, 2017

As you may know, recent storms and flooding produced by hurricane Harvey have caused massive destruction to communities and neighbors in many of the areas served by Southwest Homes.  First and foremost, the Southwest Homes family would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to all the families affected by these recent storms and we hope for a safe recovery.

Lumber Prices are Rising Fast!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: February 27, 2017

Call us TODAY, to avoid the impact of these price increases to Your New Southwest Home! 

5 Reasons to Build Your Southwest Home

Categories: Build Your Dream, Custom Dream Home, Southwest Homes | Posted: June 10, 2016

Building Your New Southwest Home with our family owned company is exciting & easy.  Taking the first step toward planning your dream home is the most important in the whole process. Once you have taken that step while allowing Southwest Homes to earn your confidence, you will be surrounded with the excitement of knowing you are creating something beautiful & lasting for your family.

You Will Get Exactly What You Want

We build the home YOU want! Unlike buying a home that was built for someone else, you are literally designing Your New Southwest Home from the ground up.


A New Home is More Efficient

A new home today is more efficient, especially with new energy requirements that include a higher SEER rating on your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling), more efficient lighting, insulation, and much more. Today’s appliances and plumbing fixtures also have higher efficiency and are  good for the environment and will save you money every month on your utility bills.


Health Concerns

Your New Southwest Home is healthier for YOU! There are no health concerns or toxic materials that exist in an older home, such as lead paint, asbestos materials or mold.


Your New Home Requires Fewer Repairs & Less Maintenance

Your New Southwest Home is built just for YOU! Building new means that you won’t have to replace or repair for some time. We also provide you with a comprehensive 2-10 warranty.


Exhilaration of Building Your New Southwest Home

Moving into your new home will spark many exciting moments & memories. The best may be the feeling of coming home to what you have designed just for YOUR family.


Spring Is In The Air!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 13, 2016


Spring is in the air and We at Southwest Homes are ready to help you Make Your Dream Blossom!

There is no better time than now to begin Building Your Dream on Your Land.

Stop in at one of our 5 conveniently located Design Center’s nearest you, Use Our Contact Us Page, or Call Us Today! We Look Forward to Hearing From You! 

Got Land? Let’s Build!

Are you and your Southwest Home prepared for the winter months ahead?

Categories: Southwest Homes | Posted: December 3, 2015

Tight monetaryFall is quickly coming to a close and winter is on its way. Have you done everything you need to do to prepare your home for the winter months ahead? While moving into your new custom home won’t require too many measures to ensure your home is ready for winter, it never hurts to be prepared. Following are a few tips to make sure your home is ready for winter.

  • Clean out your gutters to make sure there is no debris that may clog and cause rain or snow to freeze over and cause excessive damage.
  • Have your chimney checked out and cleared by a professional to make sure it is safe for wood burning.
  • Remove overgrown branches that are too close to your home. If a storm hits, the weight of ice or snow may cause a limb to break and cause damage to your home.
  •  Purchase sand or salt to melt ice to prevent your family from slipping.

While we typically have mild winters in South Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri can be a different story. By being prepared for a winter storm and preparing your custom home for the worst, you could save yourself a lot of money and hassle.

Your new Southwest Home will be ready for winter if you are, so kick back, wrap up in a blanket, and enjoy sipping hot chocolate by the fire with your family this beautiful, albeit chilly season.

Nothing’s Better Than Sharing The Love…

Categories: Build Your Dream, Custom Dream Home, Referral Program, Southwest Homes | Posted: November 16, 2015

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 10.56.30 AMNothing’s better than sharing the love of your new, custom home with your friends and family. Except perhaps, if you receive $500 when you refer them, and they build their custom home with the Southwest Homes Team!

Our referral program is one of the most rewarding experiences we have at Southwest Homes. It’s our way of saying thank you to our customers. If you are happy with your new custom home, and you have suggested to your friends and family to find out how Easy it is to build with us, we can’t think of a better way to pay you back.

Here’s how it works:  When you refer a friend or family member, make sure they mention that you referred them upon their first contact with us. They have to be new customers, and have had no prior contact with Southwest Homes. When we begin the foundation to their new home, we will present you with a check for $500. You can see some of our previous recipients on our Facebook page.

We’re proud that you were so happy with your custom home you’ve told everyone about it. Our goal is to Make it Easy to Build Your New Custom Home on Your Land! When your friends and family are ready to choose the builder for their new home, we are ready to provide the same quality and convenience for them as well.

If you have questions about our referral program, please don’t hesitate to call us! We are happy to hear from you! We’re happy you experienced How Easy We Make it to Build Your Custom Home on Your Land and have encouraged others to do the same.

Curious About Building Your Custom Home?

Categories: Build Your Dream, Custom Dream Home, Southwest Homes | Posted: August 24, 2015
Are you curious about building your new custom home on your land? Let Southwest Homes show you how Easy we make it through the whole process. Our experienced New Home Consultants can answer house frameall your questions, help in getting you qualified, picking the best floor plan to fit your lifestyle and needs, and much, much more. We know that building your new home is a big decision and we want to make the experience fun and easy!


Contact the office location nearest you to schedule your free consultation today!

Always in Season

Categories: Build Your Dream, Custom Dream Home, Southwest Homes | Posted: August 3, 2015

With Southwest Homes, personalized service is always in season. NoAlways in Seasonw is the time to explore your dreams with our experienced and knowledgeable staff of building professionals. Let us put our knowledge to work for you today!

Got Land? Let’s Build!


We Make It Easy To Build With Financing

Categories: Custom Dream Home | Posted: July 13, 2015

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     When you build with Southwest Homes:

  • No separate interim financing or construction loan*
  • No Monthly Payments during construction
  • No added cost of accruing interest on an interim loan

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