Need a Home Loan? Try Costco.

Attention future homeowners, now you can potentially set up your home loan at your neighborhood Costco. That’s right, not only will you be able to buy household products in bulk, but you’ll be able to buy a  house to go along with it. Talk about the one-stop-shop.

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Costco has partnered with 11 lenders to offer their members mortgages. Costco already offers their members life insurance, car insurance and boat loans. According to CNN Money, “Much like LendingTree, the site gathers quotes from various lenders. However, there is one key difference. Under the Costco program, the borrower’s identity is revealed only after they officially select the lender, said John Alexander, business development director at First Choice.”

Would you go to Costco for a home loan? Do you think it is a good idea on their part?


Trends from KBIS

As builders and designers, we like to see what new products are taking the industry by storm. And that is why we kept a watch for some of the latest trends and innovative products for the kitchen and bath at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which took place in Chicago.

With over 300,000+ net square feet of exhibit space, KBIS, the world’s largest international tradeshow event for the kitchen and bath industry, had over 500 exhibitors and close to 20,000 attendees. Take a look at some of our favorite products featured at this year’s show.

Kohler ‘s VibraAcoustic bath, which allows you to listen to your favorite songs while you relax after a stressful day at the office.

Photo from Apartment Therapy

We love the texture of this geometric tile by artist Daniel Ogassian for Ann Sacks.

Photo via Apartment Therapy

Who wouldn’t want more sink space in their bathroom? With this extra wide bathroom sink from the Voss line by Moen, your kids will be able to share the bathroom sink without fighting.

Photo from Apartment Therapy

This Kohler top-mount, self-trimming, apron-front sink, is easy to install over existing countertops.

Photo from Kohler

What were some of your favorite products from KBIS?

Trad Home Reinvents Traditional

The second issue of Trad Home, an online collaboration between Traditional Home magazine and Lonny, hit the proverbial “stands” last week and received rave reviews from the design community. If you haven’t already checked out this online publication than we suggest you click the image below and head on over to see what the fuss is all about (after you finished reading this post of course).

Their latest issue highlights 10 designers and their interpretation on what “Traditional” means to them.

Take a look at some of our favorite designs below.

Trad Home. Design by Christina Murphy
Trad Home. Design by Grant K. Gibson


Trad Home. Design by Nick Olsen

What does traditional design mean to you?

Visit Trad Home to view the complete issue.

How To Create The Perfect Entrance

The front entrance of your home makes a lasting first impression and sets the tone for the rest of the interior. Here are some pointers that we think might help in creating a great first impression.

1. It’s all about the lighting. If you have the height don’t be afraid of installing a statement piece in the form of lighting at your entrance.

2. Bring some of nature indoors. Living and working in Colorado, we find it is important to incorporate the outdoor elements inside our homes.

Photo from Trilogy Partners

3. Picking the perfect front doors. The first thing your visitors will see, the front doors are the gateway into your home.

Photo from Trilogy Partners

How do you create the perfect front entrance to your home?