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Custom Homes 101

With a custom build, the design possibilities are endless, but the process can seem daunting. We talked with custom home experts to shed some light on how to have a successful project that results in the home of your dreams.

Peek Inside Stephanie Hornickel's Christmasy Home

Design enthusiast Stephanie Hornickel transforms her home into a vintage Christmas wonderland.

Jungle Flair Warms Up Pam Johnson’s Sunroom

With warm, earthy artwork and jungle-inspired finds, the formal living room in Pam Johnson’s home provides a cozy place to forget your winter blues.

Phil and Chastin Reynolds’ Refined Retro Prairie House

Phil and Chastin Reynolds spent two years searching for the perfect home. After renovating a 1965 prairie house to match their midcentury modern aesthetic, the couple couldn’t be happier with their contemporary spin on the style.

Heather Kane’s Minimalist-Boho Remodel

Creative Director Heather Kane turned one dated diamond-in-the-rough into the shiny magazine-worthy home she’s always dreamed of, and she’s spilling her transformation trade secrets.

A Rogersville Farmhouse Designed for Functional Family Space

Ami and Matt Cook reached out to Gina McMurtrey to design a comfortable yet functional living space for their family of nine.

Gussy Up Your Home with Gus* Modern

A hint of modern style and a touch of classic design make the Gus* Modern line of home furnishings an instant hit, much like Grayson Home, where 417-land shoppers can find Gus* couches, sectionals, chairs and more.

Love Your Laundry: Organizational and Design Hacks

We asked local experts to share trends and tips for updating your laundry room, making folding towels a task you want to tackle.

Save Your Basement from the Elements

As the seasons start to change, now is the perfect time to protect your house from the damage of moisture, colder temperatures and pests by encapsulating your crawl space.

Up Curb Appeal with a New Garage Door

Many 417-land builders and homeowners are eschewing basic garage doors for ornate, decorative styles, bringing beauty and uniqueness to their houses’ exteriors.

The Best Plants for Indoor Gardening

Caitlyn Franklin, manager of Flora and Fern, says the plants that thrive outdoors in warmer weather can turn into indoor decor during colder winter months.

Peek Inside: Doug Pitts’s Home

Custom home builder Doug Pitts was around 6 years old when he first picked up a hammer. “I became interested in building back then when my mom and dad built a house,” Pitts says. “I followed my dad around with a hammer. Hammer actually became my nickname.” In 1994 and after three years of teaching, Pitts left the world of academia and started Doug Pitts Construction, LLC, his custom home building company that focuses on a few custom home builds and remodels each year. Take a glimpse inside his own house, which he also uses as a showroom for clients.

Moon City Goods’ Eccentric Handmade Products

At age 30, Rob Hoerr went back to school and switched his profession entirely. Now his handmade eccentric products sell worldwide.

Peek Inside Three of Springfield’s Most Luxurious Kitchens

Explore three of the hottest kitchens in 417-land, all combining the latest and greatest features with a jaw-dropping look.

Refine Studios Sets Up Shop on C-Street

Refine Studios on historic Commercial Street is learning to embrace the local community one pillow at a time.

Magnolia Home Madness in 417-land

Local retailers are selling Magnolia Home, popularized by Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, right here in 417-land. We talked to some local vendors about the über-popular brand.

New Subdivisions on the rise in Springfield

We’ve rounded up the latest on three new residential developments in 417-land.

Inside Interior Designer Ginger Robinson's Home

After a few years at an East Coast architecture firm, designer Ginger Robinson and her husband, Michael, settled down in 417-land. Robinson spent years in freelance and took jobs in Dallas, London and other cities before joining Touché Design Group where she works on primarily commercial design projects. Peek inside the couple’s Nixa home, which speaks to Robinson’s modern classic style.

Meet the Engraver who Makes Custom Lake Maps

After making more than 120 custom lake maps, engraver Sam Horner is still perfecting the art of his craft.

Lakefront Living

The water is calling, and these lakefront beauties are the perfect answer. Fuel up your boat, inflate your inner tubes, pack up your boxes and move on in.

Summer Lawn Care

Help your lawn beat the heat with these tips from local landscaping pros.

Boost Your Bouquets for Maximum Fragrance

Add beauty and fragrance to your home with these flower pairings.

Why to go Solar Now

Budget-savvy homeowners take note: Solar energy is becoming more popular and more affordable.

On the Market: Making A Splash

With the sunny summer just around the corner, consider a home with a pool to dip into when you can’t beat the heat. These five show-stopping homes have pools with water as blue as the sky above. So, are you ready to take the dive?

Now It’s Personal

Gino and Dana Barbo have created a space completely their own with global influences anchored together with pieces telling their history.

Timeless Style

Thanks to a neutral palette and elegant touches, this master bathroom can age gracefully.

Restore Your Floor

Two local experts share their tips, tricks and trends for staining your own hardwood floors.

Make Your Garden Grow

Spring planting has never been easier with this month-by-month guide to successful gardening.

Bring Down Mosquitos With a Bat House

It looks like a plain, brown box, but inside holds the most all-natural mosquito repellent available: bats. Find out how to make a bat house and how to conquer any fears about the mysterious mammal.

Peek Inside: Gina McMurtrey's Home

Shannon and Gina McMurtrey moved to a customized cedar log clad home in Willard 11 years ago. Take a look inside the space, which she describes as livable contemporary.

Squeaky Clean

There’s no place like home, especially a home free of allergens. This spring when you’re taking care of other seasonal chores, use this list of tips to prevent dust and mold from becoming a problem.

Growing Tall

We talked with local nurseries about all things trees. Find out which types work best for your yard, and pick up some handy tips for growing healthy trees.

Roll Out the Carpet

There are a lot of household projects that homeowners can tackle themselves. Putting in new carpet is probably not one of them, which we discovered after following a team from Midwest Rug & Linoleum Co.

Turning Treasures

Jerry Crowe and Kim Kenney create one-of-a-kind wood turnings from their quaint little Cassville workshop.

2016 Homes of the Year

This year's homes of the year are more impressive than ever.

Going Green the Easy Way

Talking about your home being energy efficient and taking the steps to make it so are two totally different beasts. When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint and doing good things for the earth, some of the best ways are the easiest ways. A local energy expert offers up some tips to help you go green.

Hot Tub Time-Savers

Experts from The Deck Company (thedeckcompany.net) and Springfield Pool & Spa (springfieldpoolandspa.com) share tips to help your hot tub retain its beauty and performance for years to come.

Merry and Bright

Don’t let the chore of untangling your outdoor Christmas lights steal your holiday joy. Hire a professional to give your home a seasonal glow without the fuss.

Guide to Winter Landscaping

Just because the weather is getting cold doesn’t mean your yard has to suffer.

Peek Inside: Haden Long’s Home

Peek inside interior designer Haden Long's picturesque Rountree home.