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The Hope House Highlights

You voted to name it The Hope House back in November. As we sit in Texas for the reveal, we can’t help but reflect on the past few months. We embarked on a whole new journey, collaborating on our first St. Jude Dream Home Showplace...

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The House That Social Media Built Spring News

We love the spring because it means great weather for renovations, the high point in the real estate market, and summer fun! This spring is also a time of transition for us, as we will be heading to Texas one final time to see the...

Don’t Underestimate Outdoor Entertaining Spaces

With a taste of warmer weather here in Connecticut and the completion of The Hope House set for the end of April, we can’t wait to see what the outdoor living space at the St. Jude Dream Home Showplace will look like when finished. Outdoor...

Casual Dining: How to Make Your Dining Space Stand Out

Let’s face it: most people have scarfed down a meal while standing at the kitchen counter or in front of the TV. And we’ve probably all piled up papers or mail on the dining room table as well. What is it about a large table...

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Why Carpet is Still Trending in 2019

The flooring options today are endless: wood, engineered wood, laminate, laminate that mimics wood, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, concrete, travertine, bamboo, cork, marble, vinyl….and of course, carpet. With so many choices, how is it that carpet is still one of the top flooring options in...

Tile in the Master Bathroom: FAQs

We love tile. If you read 5 Home Design Don'ts, you know that we incorporate tile into the homes we design for its versatility, style, and easy maintenance. Kitchen or bathroom, floor or backsplash, tile can add in color and design while remaining easy to care...

Sponsor Highlight: Shaw Floors

As progress on The Hope House continues, we remain in awe of the sponsors that are part of the St. Jude Dream Home Showplace program. These sponsors make it possible to build homes at the lowest cost possible, ensuring funds from the sale of the...

Are Mudrooms a Must Have?

Benefits of Mudrooms Open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, and master suites. These items often show up on buyers’ “must-have” list. But what about a functional space that helps to keep a home organized and clean? Homes being sold are staged for showings, which means all clutter...

Cooktops: Induction vs. Gas vs. Electric

In a never-before-done vote, we are having you decide what type of cooktop to install in the Hope House, a St. Jude Dream Home Showplace in Bryan-College Station, Texas! With only one day to go, this vote has raised a lot of discussions - and plenty...

The Hope House: Take a look at the layout!

You named it The Hope House. And we know you want details! Builders from Magruder Homes and Pitman Custom Homes worked hard on the layout. Now, we are ready to share the floor plan and overall vision for The Hope House. This way you can...