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  1. Building Custom Homes Under Current Supply Chain Challenges

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    Let’s face it: building custom homes in 2021 has presented all building teams, large and small, with unique obstacles.  The industry’s supply chain has been congested as a result of this year’s global challenges, and builders everywhere are experiencing building material shortages and backlogs.

    Phil Kean Design Group’s own Construction Coordinator, Katie Kovac , recently spoke on behalf of PKDG’s design-build firm with Layne Deakins of ProBuilder Magazine to discuss the impact of the global supply chain crisis on our business in building custom homes.

    construction coordinator Katie KovacKatie Kovac, PKDG Construction Coordinator


    L: What are some of the biggest challenges your company has faced amid ongoing supply chain disruptions and industry shortages? Have any projects been impacted by these new obstacles?

    K: Many of our projects have been impacted by the supply chain disruptions, especially when it comes to lumber, trusses, windows, fixtures, and labor. Items that would normally take 4-6 weeks are now taking 14-16 months, which has had a huge impact on how quickly we can build and complete our homes.

    It’s really challenging, especially when it affects almost every item along the way.

    However, labor has probably been the largest impact on our projects, which has greatly impacted the completion date for our homes. All trades are so busy that they can only allot so many of their workers to our job sites, instead of an entire crew like they have in the past.

    Other challenges that come with these shortages have to do with price increases. Almost every other week something new has a price increase!

    While we are finally starting to see lumber come down that is not the case for plumbing fixtures, garage doors, cabinetry, etc. All of these items are continually going up in price that it’s hard to keep up.

    L: What do you expect the situation to look like in the months ahead? What advice would you give other builders facing the same challenges?

    K: I feel that in the months ahead we’re still going to see a similar situation to what we see now. Every day I find that there is something new that is on backorder or the lead time is being extended. Unfortunately, I don’t foresee it going away anytime soon. I think this is something we are going to be facing well into the first quarter of next year.

    The only advice than I can provide to other builders is plan ahead. In construction we’re always planning ahead, but now it’s planning even further ahead. It’s making sure that you study and learn the lead times of every product needed during construction and making a plan to order ahead.

    We’ve started ordering things so far ahead and storing them either on-site or at another location to ensure the items needed are on-site when we need them to install in order to not slow a project down.

    Another piece of advise would be to change your outlook and stop making excuses. So many people that I have spoken to in the industry look at the negative aspects of the shortages, instead of looking at solutions. So many people in the industry use the pandemic as an excuse to why something is on backorder or why their job is taking so long.

    These challenges that we’re currently facing are reasons to make a change and improve the industry or to improve your business.

    L: Is there an industry-wide solution to address shortages that might be affecting your business? If not, what smaller steps can be taken to get the building industry back on track?

    K: That’s a tricky question. I don’t feel that there is a simple solution.

    The construction industry, from my viewpoint, has exponentially grown through this pandemic, which has only added to the shortages.

    However, as I said before changing your outlook on construction and what it should be would be the first step to finding the solutions to the shortages.

    Taking smaller steps, like planning ahead would be one way to help alleviate the industry shortages. If everyone planned ahead it would help regulate the immediate need and allow the industry some breathing room. The “rush rush” mentality only feeds into the shortages.

    L: Had the pandemic never happened, where do you think your company would be today? How would your projects or business model be different?

    K: I feel that our company would be in the same place that it is today. In our niche of the construction industry we’re always striving to improve our system and increase our efficiency. That’s what comes with growth.

    Our business models constantly evolve from year to year because the industry is ever changing and evolving as well. The only difference might be construction cost for our projects, as it they would most likely not be as high as they currently are due to the pandemic.

    Building custom homes is a team-wide effort. The flexibility and dedication shown by our Home Construction team during a difficult home building environment inspires us to deliver everyday. With our exceptional employees and company-wide positive, proactive approach, PKDG looks forward to an incredible 2022!

    Ready to begin your dream home journey? Contact our team today to learn more and get started.

  2. 4 Luxury Home Design Trends You Will See In 2020

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    The new year is just around the corner and close behind it are 2020’s newest home design trends that will take luxury homes by storm. Here are four of our favorite up-and-coming home design trends that you will see in 2020:

    1. Prioritizing Personalization
    2. State-of-the-Art Home Fitness Centers
    3. Thoughtful Outdoor Spaces
    4. Unbelievable Kitchens

    Prioritizing Personalization


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    One of the hardest parts about designing a modern residence is standing out from the crowd of typical luxury home designs.

    However, with so many cues devolving from fresh to standard in the luxury space, once unique elements have become commonplace and some have lost their luster.

    In 2020, we’ll see them get back being designed as one-of-a-kind, truly bespoke residences.

    Personalization is key – your home design should satisfy your needs, desires and the functions you will need in your home. Your version of luxury, function and décor should vary from others’ – we all have our own style, tastes, and lifestyle goals in and from our homes.

    However, one thing is certain–including the most current amenities and technology will increase your home’s comfort and enhance its livability.

    Working with a world class designer ensures your home’s amenities, layout, furniture, and flow will reflect your personal style and work in harmony with your daily routine, entertainment and lifestyle needs.

    State-of-the-Art Home Fitness Centers



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    Health and wellness are always in style–Americans are exercising more than ever. In 2020, that won’t change at all.

    However, in 2020, home gyms will increasingly and conveniently be moving inside your home! There are many reasons for this trend, and taking advantage of this opportunity to build your dream home gym is just a stone’s throw away. Incorporating fitness facilities into your luxury design can take many forms, further pushing the personalized aspect of custom residences. The options you choose will ultimately depends on your fitness preferences and what you enjoy.

    A home fitness center with the latest machines and innovations elevates your home design by integrating custom sound features and by giving you a tremendous view into nature or the ocean from a full wall of windows. If you enjoy breathing fresh air while you workout, giving our gym indoor/outdoor versatility can make it even more functional and unique.

    From mini yoga and pilates studios to swim spas and plunge pools–these are many of the fantastic additions to health-conscious residence. Including an onsite spa complete with showers, a sauna, a massage room, a hot tub, and any other type of recovery equipment can complete your luxury fitness experience and keep you achieving your daily health goals.

    Thoughtful Outdoor Spaces


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    High-end homes differentiate themselves in many. Those with thoughtfully-designed outdoor spaces stand out amongst the crowd.

    Thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces function as an extension of your home as an additional living area, which allows you and your guests to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

    The top home amenities to your outdoor space in 2020 will include spacious lanais, built-in retractable screens, misters, fully-loaded outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, TV’s specialty lighting, and custom furniture.

    Of course, customized pools with spas and tanning shelves make our luxury home design wish list too.

    Lavish pools with features such as waterfalls and infinity edges will speckle the most dazzling homes you’ll see heading into 2020. The leisurely life is moving outdoors and those residences that have this al fresco flair will rank high in luxury home design.

    Unbelievable Kitchens


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    Gourmet kitchens will never go out of style, but the design and functionality of them do change.

    Luxury kitchens in 2020 could contain warming drawers, wine cabinets, smart cooking appliances and hidden walk-in pantries. They can be designed to provide all the tools necessary to prepare and present gourmet meals as well as serve as part of the home’s living and entertainment areas.

    As guests tend to gravitate toward the kitchen, creating spaces for collaboration or conversation over meal preparation will be a trend continuing in the coming year.

    This means we’ll see more counter space than ever, open layouts that facilitate flow and unobstructed sightlines, and expertly-placed lighting.

    There’s no doubt that you want to have your finger on the pulse of the latest home design trends when designing your custom home. Phil Kean Design Group prioritizes setting the latest home trends and collaborating with you to create a dream home that will satisfy your distinctive requirements and unique lifestyle! If you’re building or renovating a luxury home and would like to speak with Phil Kean Design Group, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch.



    “Americans Are Exercising More, but the Obesity Rate Is Growing.” Atlas, Quartz, 15 Mar. 2018, www.theatlas.com/charts/SJlAdbOFG.

    Eugenio, Sheila. “4 Reasons Fitness Is Moving From the Gym to the Home.” Entrepreneur, 23 Mar. 2017, www.entrepreneur.com/article/290579.

    “Luxury Home Outdoor Amenities: Elegant Homes by Real Living Real Estate: Real Living Real Estate.” Elegant Homes International, www.realliving.com/eleganthomes/pages/luxury-home-outdoor-amenities-398691.

    Vale, Ali. “Five Innovative Home Amenities Trending with Home Buyers.” REAL Trends, 24 July 2019, www.realtrends.com/blog/five-home-amenities-that-are-trending-with-buyers/.

  3. 7 Things You Need to Know About the Interior Design of Your New Home

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    Building a new luxury home can be exciting – and overwhelming! The possibilities are endless and the ability to customize is limited only by your imagination. So, what do you need to know about interior design as you embark on one of life’s most exhilarating journeys? Here are our top seven tips to get you started!

    1. Entertainment

    Your desire to entertain will hold sway over the interior design of your home. Rather than having smaller, separate rooms and limited seating, for example, you will want to have a more open-concept layout that is conducive to gatherings. Allowing and encouraging people to mingle in various open spaces–whether it be around the kitchen or outdoors–is key to hosting memorable social events.

    2.  Iconic Pieces

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    Décor is all-important to the interior design of your home. From tying rooms together conceptually to standing out as eye-catching conversation starters, the right iconic pieces are excellent for adding that “pop” to any space. Best of all, they can either conform to or diverge from the rest of your styling, giving you the flexibility to choose something that speaks to you.

    3.  Natural Light

    Lighting can make or break a space, so it is vital to consider it when designing your home. Even the direction that windows face can drastically change the feeling of openness a particular room may have. Remember, natural light is softer than artificial lighting and makes your space feel larger and more inviting.

    4.  Lighting Plan

    A well thought-out lighting plan can be a magical factor that transforms your home into a true luxury dwelling. From setting a particular mood or highlighting a featured piece in your home, the advantages of strategic lighting are worth looking at with a professorial eye when considering the interior design of your new space.

    5.  Furniture Pieces

    While there is a multitude of retailers with collections of furniture, a truly luxurious home will have custom furniture pieces that not only fit the needs of its owner but also blend seamlessly into the design of the structure and the concept of the design. These custom touches can be the difference between an extraordinary, award-winning interior design and one that feels nondescript.

    6.  Concepts

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    Whether you want each room to flow naturally into the next, or you want distinct styles for each, determining and deciding on which concepts to use is integral to making your dream come to life. A beach house, for example, may have a single, cohesive house-wide theme, while a home for a family with young children may want a distinct theme for each of the children’s bedrooms.

    7.  Comfort

    Homes serve many purposes–from hosting friends and family to entertaining–but at the end of the day, they are just that: a home. It’s where you live, where you spend the majority of your time, and where your most treasured memories are made. So, no matter how breathtaking you want your designs or how elaborate your décor may be, be sure to fuse the beauty of your design with comfort that facilitates deep rest and relaxation. Don’t let this key aspect of your home get lost in the excitement of building something incredible!

    Our final thoughts…

    Creating a piece of art is exciting, and that excitement is only compounded when your artistic creation is your own home! No matter what direction you decide to take when deciding on the interior design of  your dream home, be sure to partner with designers and builders that will dream with you and help guide you toward making your imagination come to life. Look for accolades and a portfolio that represents the vision you have in mind.

    If you are interested in speaking to the design team at Phil Kean Designs Group, please fill in the form below and our staff will reach out to you. Thank you for reading!

  4. Modern Interior Paint Trends For 2018

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    Pleasing colors and visual cues support the idea of comfort and serenity (Behr, 2017a). Therefore, interior decors decorate modern, high-end architecture sites with intention by using colors that have personal meaning and give the greatest sense of satisfaction.

    We are officially halfway through 2017 and people are already pretty eager to see what 2018 has in store. Of all the design trends we look forward to most in the coming year, color holds a steady spot at the top of our list. After all, it sets the tone for what furniture we buy, what decor we invest in, and the overall mood for that design year.

    According to Pantone, the trendy 2018 colors will be brighter and more contrasting. It will be in vogue to match so-called vegetable colors (especially the foliage) with purple hues for example, colors approaching that of the berries! On the other hand, the complementary colors will also be present. The tones of oranges and blues for example will compose interesting decors (Kelsey Kloss, 2017). Behr Process Corporation, which is a provider of architectural paint and exterior wood care products to the US markets, recently released a palette of 20 trend colors for 2018.

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    Source: (Behr, 2017a)

    Sherwin-Williams-2018 Trend palettes

    Sherwin-Williams is a US based Paint and coating manufacturing company. Sherwin-Williams predicts that 2018 will represent the spirit of modern life with their three color palettes: “Affinity, Connectivity, and Sincerity.” (Sherwin-Williams, 2017). Each one is inspired by the collective culture of the moment — from fashion to technology — and captures the aura of a year that is bound to be full of progress.


    This color story of striking blue, animated fuchsia, and stabilizing brown, the Affinity palette is set to celebrate the connection of people and places (Sherwin-Williams, 2017). “We’re remapping our sense of community, landlocked cities are becoming global hubs of crafts and gastronomy,” says Wadden, Sherwin-Williams’ Director of Marketing. “Home and car sharing, as well as e-learning, have created a culture of everyday nomadism and the wanderlust-obsessed.” (Tardiff, 2017)

    Affinity is just like any good getaway: relaxed but full of unexpected fun (Sherwin-Williams, 2017). When it comes to modern, high-end architecture sites, American interior decors can decorate accordingly with a base of neutral browns and vibrant accent colors in an array of pinks and blues.

    bright room
    Source: (Sherwin-Williams, 2017)


    The Connectivity palette draws from innovations in tech, including pixelated oranges, digital blues and greens, and high-def yellow. “In Silicon Valley, Austin, Berlin and Beijing, techies are the new hippies, full of breakthrough ideas and utopian ideals,” Wadden says. “Connectivity is modern and playful, bringing in dark watery tones of blue that are balanced with neutrals, warm yellow and energetic purples.” (Tardiff, 2017)

    When it comes to modern, high-end architecture sites, in 2018, American interior decors can punctuate any room with some tech-inspired hues (like this bright green fireplace), while working in some much-needed warmth with understated grays and creams.

    neutral creams
    Source: (Sherwin-Williams, 2017)


    Minimalism isn’t going anywhere in 2018. However, it is taking on a less structured look. “With the Sincerity palette, silence is no longer empty, but instead is rare and rich with possibility,” says Wadden. “Sincerity is about mindful living and environment to disconnect and recharge. Soft, washed neutrals, greens and sanctuary pinks work together to create harmony.” (Tardiff, 2017)
    American interior decorators can step away from the stark light and dark contrasts and embrace color fluidity. This palette is all about ditching harsh lines for sandy browns, muted grays, and hazy greens that harmonize perfectly. They should not stress too much about sticking to a strict color scheme, but instead let one organic shade blend into the next.

    Behr-2018 pallet

    Behr 2018 pallet is a collection of carefully selected with avant-garde shades and accessible, segmented into 3 color themes: comfortable, posed and confident. Each theme is inspired and personal, designed to help high-end interior decorators to create a home that corresponds to modern style and personality.

    comfortable colors
    Source: (Behr, 2017)


    The comfortable colors are soft pastels that move away sweet and bright colors. They give off femininity and refinement especially when matched with natural and light tones.


    The coordinated colors are ideal for overlaying and other colors furniture and decoration. This pallet comprises a mixture of colors earth and precious stones.


    Interior decorators can create drama in the modern kitchen by combining black and white cabinets with bright blue-green walls. Navy blue and yellow make a perfect fit pair in a child’s room. A burst of orange adds an element of pleasure and adventure.

    In 2018, some colors will give a smile to anyone who dares to integrate them in its decor. In its palette, Behr included bright yellow, lime but also flash colors such as blue and green. For more subtle decorations, the colors such as Elder, Hawthorne Rose and Lilac Brown will be present and can be combined for more tranquility and softness.

    cozy interior paint modern

    Source: (Behr, 2017)

    Other Palette Trends in 2018

    Shades of pink and metallic shades

    According to Eco Painting webpage, a 2018 trend palette will feature three tones of roses with which high-end interior decorators can combine more earthy tones reminiscent of coffee or corn kernels. On the other side, the metallic colors are the new neutral colors. They can combine with deeper colors such as red cabbage and yellow sulfur for the interior of modern architectural sites (Eco Painting, 2017).

    Intense colors

    “Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days,” says Eiseman. She divided the color trends into eight groups, one of which is named “TECH-nique”, a palette that apparently pays respect to technology. Colors comprise fuchsia, green, bright blue and purple, which are supplemented by lustrous tones of hot pink and turquoise, white and frosted almond (Way, 2016).

    As per Pantone, in 2018, it will be the shades of plums as well as certain shades of blue or flamboyant colors or even black, to make up this rather sophisticated palette characterized by power (Way, 2016).

    Color is both a journey and a celebration. For high-end interior decorators in the US, exploring options is part of the design process. In 2018, for the interior of modern architectural sites, dark colors will convey an air of mystery and drama, while light colors will create a feeling of spaciousness. Now it’s up to the high-end interior decorators in the US that how to select colors and impart unique mood to create the perfect ambiance for the modern architectural sites and homes.

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  5. Explore Top Bath Design Trends for 2016

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    Renowned for a focus on modern house designs that blend classic elements with contemporary highlights to create one-of-a-kind luxury homes, Phil Kean Design Group’s signature interior design style is distinctive and timeless. Recently, Kean shared some of the top bath design trends we can expect to see in 2016 based on his celebrated design style, including unique tiling, a focus on sustainability and creating a spa-like experience. 2016 FHBA Spring_KEAN to read the full article for more insights from our interior design team.