Each week Mosby Experts share the latest in home remodeling tips and trends. Explore our blog for answers to your remodeling questions, or just to see what the Mosby employees have been up to. Be sure to visit our Solution Center blog for the latest news from our industry partners.

Our Favorite New Kitchen & Bath Products

Every year, Mosby Building Arts designers attend the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to see brand new kitchen and bath products. Jake Spurgeon and Julie Giljum each share their 5 favorite items from the recent KBIS 2017.

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Mosby designer Jake Spurgeon shown “lifting” Mosby architect Brian Yount at the Kohler booth at KBIS 2017.

Robern InLine Series Lighting

Lighting that can be connected and paired with medicine cabinets have long been around, but lighting with temperature control? Brand new! Ranging from 3000k – 4000K, this is lighting that lets you adjust between warm white and natural light to ensure your look will match the correct time of day or night, indoor or outdoor. If you do the bulk of your grooming in front of the bathroom mirror, this is the system for you!

Ann Sacks ITAI BAR-ON Tiles

Ann Sacks introduced hand-crafted concrete tiles that have curved edges and openings so you can place accent lighting behind it. They show them as being used for accent walls or fireplace surrounds, but I see them as a kitchen backsplash! Imagine it providing a unique look plus extra task lighting in your kitchen and know why I’m hoping to get a chance to try this idea.

Best by Broan Hood

Are these cool looking pendant lights for your kitchen? Nope! They are recirculating range hoods to be mounted over a cooking surface. Lighted venting has never been this beautiful. The product is so new that it’s not yet on the Broan website (I snapped the photo above). And this is why we go to KBIS each year – to get a jump start on the innovative new products for your home.

American Standard Spray Selector

Here’s another product so new it’s not yet available, so I had to take a photo of it to prove that it exists. Do you have difficulty reaching your shower head to adjust the spray pattern? Do you see that shower wall button on the right, above? Well, just press it to control your shower head! This new American Standard product is a universal design game changer.

Moen U Shower System

We can now install a control pad in your shower that hooks to your smart phone so you can control when your shower starts and what the temperature will be. It’s the ultimate shower gadget with the potential to save you time when getting ready.

Julie Giljum, Right Bath Coordinator & Designer

Right Bath by Mosby designer Julie Giljum (bottom) with Mosby Building Arts designer Jill Worobec at KBIS 2017.

This was my first time at KBIS, and here are my photos of the 5 products I’m most excited to try out in future Right Bath by Mosby projects:

Kohler had a lot of great new stuff at KBIS, including a new vanity light series! They had a limited selection before, but with these expanded lighting choices I can eliminate a separate shopping trip to a lighting store because these Kohler options are excellent. This is a great service that will free up time with selections so we can get even more done on our never ending to do list!

Kohler Real Rain Shower Head

Another amazing new Kohler item lets you experience real rain in your shower. This shower head has 775 nozzles, replicating the feel of actual rain washing away a long day! The sound is also as soothing as a gentle spring rain.

Sterling Frameless Sliding Shower Door

For all of the parents that bathe their children in a tub with a shower door atop it, you will love this!  Sterling has introduced a shower door or a tub/shower door with comfortable track. This is a cushioned threshold you can step on without pain, or lean over the frame without it cutting your abs. All I have to say is it’s about time!

Brizo Litze Slide Bar Handshower

Brizo has brought the Industrial Steampunk look into the shower – or at least that is what I am calling it!  This handshower unit has a unique style, and you move the handheld by rolling the wheel up and down. Just so much fun!  Also, the rest of the Litze collection has some amazing bathroom accessories.

Armstrong Alterna Engineered Stone Tile

Armstrong Alterna tile has been around for years, but this new engineered stone is warmer to the touch than ceramic or porcelain tile. Alterna just introduced this wood texture pattern, which brings a warm look to the bathroom; add radiant heat below this tile and it will feel as warm as it looks!

Mosby designers are here to help with your St. Louis kitchen and bath remodeling projects. Contact Mosby Building Arts’ Jake Spurgeon at 314.909.1800. Julie with Right Bath by Mosby is available at 314.909.1820.


Q&A: What Differentiates the Mosby Production Team?

We recently sat down with the guiding lights of the Mosby Building Arts production team to learn what motivates their commitment to excellence.

Tyler Cluff, the Vice President of Production, has been with Mosby since 2003. Tina Reese, Production Department Manager, has been with us since 2008. Between the two, they have keen insights on the Mosby construction process, as well as mentoring and creating  a new generation of carpenters with the Tradeswork apprenticeship.

Here are Tina & Tyler’s answers to 5 questions:

Tina Reese is the Production Department Manager for Mosby Building Arts, a St. Louis design-build firm.

Tina Reese is the Production Department Manager for Mosby Building Arts, a St. Louis residential remodeling design-build firm.

What differentiates the Mosby production process from other remodeling companies?

Tina: The level of commitment to excellence we get from each employee is very different than any other company. We make the process smooth for the clients as well as the employee.

Tyler: I believe there is a greater emphasis on the journey of the process rather than just the end results.  Many companies can deliver a great project – that should be a given. The Mosby difference is the experience that the client enjoys as the project is being built.

What aspects of your production team are you most proud of?

Tina: I love the fact that they take so much pride in their work. They know customer satisfaction is important to Mosby, but it is also important to them, so doing a great job is their personal priority.

Tyler: I agree with that; our production staff wants to please the client and exceed their expectations.  They tend to create friends out of our clients. Something else I’m real proud of is how willing and eager they are to learn how to do things better, smarter and faster.

Tyler Cluff is the Vice President of PRocution for Mosby Building ARts, a St. Louis design-build firm.

Tyler Cluff is the Vice President of Production for Mosby Building Arts, a St. Louis residential remodeling design-build firm.

What production changes or improvements are you most excited about for 2017?

Tina: We just promoted 4 Lead Remodelers to Project Managers so I am excited to see their growth, and what improvements and efficiencies they will bring to the team. Another improvement is our Project Leads now have iPads, along with the Project Managers who’ve had them for a few years. This makes it easier for them to see work scopes and stay in touch with updates to each job.

Tyler: Our entire production team is getting better with the technology they are given. Technology is now a necessary skill for carpenters. Everyone can now get answers faster and sign important documents on the spot, which elevates the client experience.

Mosby was voted the 2016 Technology Market Leader by Pro Remodeler.

This is the second year for Mosby’s apprentice program, Tradeswork. What are your observations about our first two apprentices? And will they stay on with us?

Tina: Manuel and Daniel were great picks! It’s amazing to see two people with no construction knowledge learn so much in one year. It really shows how well our Production team can teach others the craft. We will be hiring them both after their year is up, for sure.

See what Tradeswork Manuel and Daniel accomplished in 2016.

Tyler: Yes, we definitely plan on offering them a permanent position. It is interesting how much people who want to learn a trade, and are willing to listen, can grasp in such a short time.  Both of the candidates have had many opportunities to learn new skills, and each of them have excelled in different areas.

Enrollment for 2017 is now open on Tradeswork. How does the application and selection process work?

Tyler: We review all the applications that come from the Tradeswork website and interview each of the candidates to find ones that exhibit our core values of integrity, commitment to excellence, accountability, respect, and teamwork.  We can teach the skills, but the values usually come with the candidates.

Tina: Agreed. Skills are teachable, but attitude is everything! Excitement to be in the construction industry and a willingness to embrace our core values are what we’re looking for with the next apprentices. If someone fits this bill, they should apply now!

And here’s where people aged 18-25 in the Metro St. Louis area with reliable transportation can apply for a Tradeswork apprenticeship.


7 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

St. Louis kitchen remodel by Mosby Building Arts feayuring maple brown cabinets and plenty of special touches for a hardcore baker.

See more photos of this kitchen for serious bakers on Houzz.

Kitchen remodeling is a big investment of time and money, which is why you don’t want any lingering regrets after the project is done. For a successful kitchen remodel, these are 7 mistakes to avoid:

1. Impatience

Have a plan before knocking down walls or ripping off surfaces, regardless of inspiration from home improvement shows or personal frustration with your kitchen. In a moment of spontaneity you could make a move you regret when you learn how much time and money it takes to correct a mistake. Employ patience to plan the work and work the plan.

2. Bare Minimum

Your time and budget concerns may suggest doing the bare minimum to update your kitchen. But if you’ve always had issues with how the room is laid out, new countertops will bring only temporary relief. Now is the time to really think about what changes will be the most productive and satisfying and invest in those. Plus, it’s easier to endure construction chaos once than to do it repeatedly, so make all your changes at one time.

3. Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Doing the bulk of a kitchen remodel yourself is good idea… if you’re a remodeling professional or a quick learner without a full-time job! If neither of those apply and you still decide to be your own general contractor, you could soon be buried under mountains of details and ills. Be realistic about your abilities and time, and team up with experienced professionals to avoid unnecessary obstacles.

St. Louis kitchen remodel by Mosby Building Arts. White tile and cabinets with burgundy and red accents, stainless steel appliances.

See more photos of this new “old” kitchen on Houzz.

4. Top Chef Fantasies

A professional-grade range seldom transforms a take-out junkie into a gourmet cook. If you’re a hardcore cook who is overdue for a kitchen that meets your needs then you deserve to follow that dream. But if a $12,000 cooktop will gather more dust than frying pans, consider putting that money into features that will truly benefit you every day.

5. Distracted By Shiny Objects

Glass cabinets in Day-Glo colors are perfect for your Pinterest kitchen board, but how long until you’re tired of them in your actual kitchen? Cabinets are one of the biggest expenditures in a kitchen remodel, so it is wise to choose a style you can live with for 10-15 years. Go for the bling with cabinet pulls, accessories and countertop appliances which are relatively inexpensive and easy to change out as your tastes change.

Wildwood, MO kitchen remodel by Mosby Building Arts featuring brown maple cabinets and maximum storage.

See more photos of this maximum storage kitchen on Houzz.

6. Overlooked Details

You select gorgeous cabinets, but is there enough storage? You upgrade all of your appliances, but is there enough electricity to power them? There are literally hundreds of details that go into a successful kitchen remodel, and it’s easy to miss some of the finer points while concentrating on big ticket items. Working with a certified kitchen designer is your best bet for getting a kitchen that you will be gloriously happy with.

7. Changing Your Mind at the Wrong Time

If you decide that the pantry needs to be bigger after construction has started, that decision will cost you more and create delays.  The best way to avoid change orders and keep your project on schedule is to fully plan the project before the first hammer wings. Confident choices come from seeing your kitchen design in 3-D, and working with professionals who understand your goals. Explore every option in the design phase where it’s easier (and cheaper!) to make multiple changes until you find exactly what you want.

The St. Louis remodeling professionals at Mosby Building Arts help you plan every detail, from consultation to design to building your ideal kitchen. See a portfolio of Mosby kitchen remodels. For a mistake-free new kitchen, call the Mosby office at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.

 


Mosby Book Report: A Pattern Language

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Do you look or do you see? This is a simple question with layers of meaning. We could say it’s the difference between identifying an object and absorbing its details.

Looking: Our society has come to accept at face value quite a lot of bad architecture and design. Houses – or new neighborhoods – that never quite feel like home, and buildings that fail at even the basics of sound construction have become common.

Seeing: Because we’ve strayed so far, a book first published in 1977 (because even then they felt we had veered off from deeply rooted patterns of human nature) is a must-read for anyone working in the architecture, design and building fields, or fascinated by those topics.

A Pattern Language in an exhaustively researched manual written by a group of architects, professors and urban planners who categorize and explain the psychological and physical effects of centuries of building and planning techniques that suit humans best. Revealed within its pages are ideas such as:

• People use space if it’s sunny, so important rooms of a home should face south. For instance, a north-facing backyard won’t be used as much as a south-facing one.

• Balconies and porches less than six-feet deep are rarely used because we instinctively feel hemmed in.

• People are instinctively drawn to light and windows. Window sills 13”-14” from the floor and wide enough to sit or place things on are used the most.

• Uniform overhead light makes people feel disoriented and uncomfortable, so in addition, use pools of light at varying heights to create a sense of ease and comfort.

• People like to see and watch other people. An outdoor bench with its back towards others – or secluded – won’t be used all that much.

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Hmmm… does this describe today’s open-plan kitchen area?

There are over 1,100 pages of this kind of addictive knowledge in A Pattern Language. It’s the kind of book that once completed, you pass copies to other people so they can learn the open secrets.

Some of the ideas are so simple and intrinsic to us that that we never thought about them until they are printed in black and white. Once revealed, however, it easily explains how we feel and relate to the world around us. This is an indispensable book that jump starts your brain, and leads to creating a better home for you to live in. Discover it’s open secrets here.

If this book inspires you to make changes to your home, call Mosby Building Arts to start your next remodeling project.


The 5 Most Valuable Bathroom Trends

There is a move away from spending money on elaborate, showplace bathrooms and, instead, designing bathrooms that better reflect how you actually live. Daily comfort and ease-of-use is a valuable investment.

Here are 5 bathroom trends that reflect this new way of living:

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1. Who Has Time to Soak?

Homeowners are realizing they seldom use the large whirlpool tubs in their master bathrooms. The space these large tubs take up can be put to better use by enlarging the shower or installing an additional vanity.

The Great Debate: Do You Need a Bathtub?

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2. The Ultimate Showering Experience

Showers are doubling in size to include bench seating, multiple shower heads and plenty of grab bars. These showers are just as beautiful as they are large, featuring captivating shower surrounds (like the wood-look porcelain tile shown above), and low- or zero-clearance entry for easy accessibility.

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3. Go Easy on Your Back

Vanities have typically been 30” in height, but why continually bend over if you don’t have to? 36” tall back-saver height vanities are gaining popularity because they make good sense. As do comfort-height toilets, because they benefit everyone.

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4. Let’s Hide the Toilet

Water closets are a way to separate the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. Quite often, two people use a master bathroom at the same time, so this creates privacy while also keeping the least attractive feature of the bathroom out of sight. In the master bathroom above, the water closet with a pocket door is tucked behind the shower.

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5. Daylight Feels Right

Natural light is proven to increase your well-being while reducing electricity bills. Homeowners are installing skylights to let the light in while assuring privacy. Solar tubes, which can be installed in places where skylights can’t, are the perfect way to illuminate your shower with sunlight, like the master bathroom shown above.

These are bathroom remodeling trends that immediately improve your daily life and have enduring value. St. Louis design-build remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts has a team of designers and planners to help you create a bathroom that reflects how you live. View Mosby’s bathroom portfolio. To get started, call Mosby at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.

 


7 Tips for Your Kitchen Facelift

If you’re content with the size and layout of your kitchen but are unhappy with how outdated and worn it looks, you’re ready for a kitchen facelift.

Updating kitchen surfaces and details without altering the basic layout is also known as a pull and replace by the remodeling industry. It’s a relatively quick and more affordable way to have a new kitchen.

Here are 7 improvements that will substantially update and rejuvenate your kitchen:

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1. Revitalize Cabinets

New doors on existing cabinets gives you a massive change without the higher expense and time of all new cabinetry. Re-staining, painting, or adding trim to flat panel doors are other options to revive the appearance of timeworn cabinets. New hardware – aka knobs and pulls – will immediately enhance and distinctively update the look.

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2. Replace Countertops

After cabinets, countertops are the most prominent focal point of the kitchen. You can splurge on natural stone like granite or marble (shown above). But you can make a big impact with less costly counter materials like onyx, laminate, wood or Corian.

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3. Install a New Faucet

A functional item like a faucet need not be utilitarian. Faucet choices are endless – here’s a nice Kohler starting point. Consider choosing a finish that matches your new cabinet hardware for a nicely tailored effect. Shown above is the KWC Domo pull-down faucet.

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4. Add Trim & Molding

One of the most overlooked ways to change the look of kitchen is with the addition of trim and molding. Adorning the ceiling with crown molding, wainscoting crested with a chair rail, or the augmentation of existing trim around doors and windows are some of the artful options that add style and polish.

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5. Refresh the Paint

The quickest and most cost-effective facelift you can give your kitchen is a new wall color. A formerly white-walled kitchen looks brand new with a lively citrus background (like the color in the kitchen above). Or a nice trick is a neutral color all over with a bold pop of color on one or two key walls.

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6. Install New Flooring

The floor is the largest area in your kitchen, so changing this surface will make a big impact.  Options include refinishing an existing wood floor and applying a new stain color, or look into the fascinating world of vinyl and laminate floors that successfully mimic other materials. For instance, the “stone” floor above is actually vinyl tile.

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7. Update the Lighting

Adding more light under cabinets and over task areas immediately changes the feel of your kitchen. But also consider changing a ceiling-mounted light fixture to a dangling pendant (or 3 pendants over the island, like the kitchen above), or an unexpectedly whimsical chandelier. Think of light fixtures like jewelry and have some fun while making it easier to see the results of your kitchen facelift!

We enjoy working with homeowners on transforming the look of their kitchen, because it’s a fun adventure with relatively quick results. Mosby designers shop with you and help coordinate your new palette of colors, textures and surfaces. Installation tends to be smooth because Mosby carpenters are replacing pieces rather than building new from scratch.

For ideas and help with your kitchen facelift, call Mosby Building Arts at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.


Mosby Tour: A University City Master Suite Addition

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A University City, MO home built in 1957 has responded brilliantly to constant transformation. Both inside and out, our homeowner has remodeled most every square inch of her house, and we’ve been there to help. After each project, we think there’s nothing left to do to such a beautiful home. Ah, but there was…

The only way to get the perfect master suite she longed for was to add it on to the back of her home. And could that addition also create a way to have a deck off her bedroom? So Mosby Building Arts designer Jill Worobec conjured some magic to make it happen. See the before and after floor plans above.

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Here is the before and after of the exterior of her home. The two room additions are of white vinyl siding abutting the painted grey brick. Both bedrooms now have glass doors that lead out to the new wood deck that joins the two spaces.

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Above we see Mosby Consultant Rich Oris in the home’s original hallway. Behind him is the door to what was then her master bedroom, and which has now become an enlarged guest suite. The door across from Rich remains a spare bedroom in the original location. But the door at the end of the hall – and the end of the hall itself – was completely rejiggered.

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This is the new hall configuration. You get a peek at the new master suite at the end of the hall, but first, let’s take a left into the new guest suite.

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This used to be the tiny master bedroom. We added 4 feet to the rear wall, and doors leading out to the new deck.  A coffered ceiling, new flooring and paint add personality. The drum light chandelier is from George Kovacs.

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The original full bathroom (the door on the right, above) remains in place, but vastly improved. We updated all the finishes and fixtures, and installed a walk-in shower where a tub and shower used to be.  When you exit this cheery and spacious guest suite, hang a left to make your way to the new master suite.

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Here is the generous new master bedroom, which is 18 x 18 feet of brand new construction.

SELECTIONS
PAINT  Sherwin-Williams Silverplate
FLOORING  Red Oak plank
FRENCH DOORS Provia Legacy in a Snow Mist White finish

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You can step out onto the deck, or walk through the sliding barn door to the new bathroom.

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This bathroom now occupies the space that used to be a third bedroom. It was tiny for a bedroom, but it’s just right for a bathroom with twin sinks, a curbless walk-in shower and a neatly organized closet. Another good feature is the solar tube in the ceiling, which provides natural light all day long so the room is never dark.

SELECTIONS
SHOWER WALL TILE Daltile Concrete Connection
FLOOR TILE Daltile Exhibition
PENDANT LIGHTS Kalco Azure

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There are two sinks separated by a sit-down makeup counter with a fun feature – an 8” mirror from Simple Human with touchless sensor light. The homeowner sits down in front of it, and on it comes!

SELECTIONS
WALL TILE  Daltile Evening Veil
COUNTER TOP  Delicattus granite
SINKS  American Standard Studio Undermount in White
FAUCETS  Brizo Siderna single-handle in Chrome
VANITIES  Showplace cabinets, Santa Fe style in cherry with a Brandy finish

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One of the favorite views of both the homeowner and our remodeling team is this one, above. When you stand in the walk-in closet and look out, you get a true sense of how expansive and gorgeous the master suite addition really is.

If you’d like to explore a master suite addition (or check out this addition!) for your own St. Louis home, consider working with the Mosby design-build team. Give us a call at 314.909.1800, or contact us here.


Making TV Magic for Thanksgiving Day

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When someone has a challenge, we love to provide a solution. That’s why we designed and built a remote desk for KMOV.

Scott Mosby, the owner and president of St. Louis remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts, is scheduled to be a commentator for the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Parade on KMOV. While discussing live broadcast details, it was revealed that KMOV is not thrilled with the table they currently use for their hosts to sit at for remote broadcasts.

This became a light bulb moment: What if we designed and built you a new remote desk that was easier to transport and assemble, and looked better on camera?
KMOV said sure! And have it ready for the Thanksgiving parade broadcast.

The process started with a design (shown above) by our designer and inside salesman Geoff Anderson.

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Those plans were handed over to our Tradeswork recruits Daniel Carpenter (above left) and Manuel Perez (above right). Taking a construction project from conception to completion is a perfect training and educational opportunity for our young carpenters-in-training, and they rose to the challenge. They even got a crash course in media training, demonstrating their project for the KMOV cameras!

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For the desk, Manuel and Daniel built the internal frames, then applied an Azek surface, which is a paintable material.

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And here’s where the TV magic begins. Mosby Painting Supervisor Oleg Podgorny applied a wood grain faux finish to the desk top and base. The PVC pipes being used for the legs were spray painted a metallic silver.

Set design is a fine art, all about the optical illusion. The camera “sees” things differently than human eyes, and this desk will appear as an expensive piece of fine furniture on camera. Participating in this illusion has many of us wondering if we can moonlight in set design for local theater companies…?

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As part of the agreement with KMOV, we are branding the table, which leads to another phase of the construction. Above, David Cluff – who moonlights as a graphic artist for the Mosby marketing team – designed the branding that runs across the front of the table top, and enjoyed the experience of applying the vinyl graphics to the panel.
Watch a video of the application process.

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Here is the KMOV remote desk about 85% complete. There’s still some last minute items to add before  KMOV picks it up.

To see the reveal of this desk in all its glory, tune into the Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade at 8 am on KMOV on November 24, 2016 (that’s Thanksgiving Day!). Scott Mosby will be one of your hosts, and look for the Mosby Building Arts duck chuckers in the parade itself!

POST-THANKSGIVING UPDATE

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The remote desk was revealed on Thursday morning, November 24, 2016 (a.k.a. Thanksgiving!), by Scott Mosby and KMOV’s Matt Chambers.
Watch the KMOV video.

 
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Keep an Eye on Your Home Over Thanksgiving

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Are you planning on having a full house over the Thanksgiving weekend? If so, this is a valuable opportunity to learn how well your house works when filled to the brim with visitors and overnight guests.

Having lots of people in your house at the same time is when you get to see your place in a different light. Living day-to-day, you tend to overlook inadequacies in design and function because you’ve simply become used to it. But bring in a large group of family and friends and the annoyances you’ve learned to live with can become glaringly obvious.

There’s so much to do in preparation for Thanksgiving, that we feel bad adding one more thing to the list. But your answers to the following questions can put you on track to planning a home that truly works for and with you.

YOUR THANKSGIVING Q&A

Here’s a list of things to keep an eye on over the Thanksgiving weekend. Read the questions now so you know what to pay attention to, then come back and answer them after your Thanksgiving celebrations (and clean up!) are over.

• Does your kitchen have enough room for multiple cooks to work together?

• Is there enough room for both cooking and socializing in the kitchen?

• Where does everyone naturally congregate, and is there enough room for them?

• Is there a particular room or place in your house nobody seems to use, but you wish they would?

• Does traffic flow smoothly, or is there a lot of “pardon me”?

• Is there always a wait to use a bathroom?

• Is there adequate lighting for people of all ages?

• Are guests with crutches, walkers or baby strollers able to come and go easily?

• Is there enough hot water and water pressure to accommodate everyone comfortably?

• Are there enough electrical outlets or charging stations for everyone’s gadgets?

The answers to these questions create the outline of ways to improve the function and design of your home. These are the types of question Mosby Designers and Consultants ask during the design phase of a remodeling project to craft a master plan for your ideal home. If you have the answers in advance, you’re ahead of the curve!

Mosby Building Arts would love to pour over your Thanksgiving Q&A with you. Call our St. Louis office at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.


Architectural Highlights: 175 Years of St. Louis Historic Homes

A house must be at least 50 years old to be eligible for historic designation, and St. Louis, Missouri has a solid 175 years of historic housing stock. There are over 100 of them that made the National Register of Historic Places.

Marveling at such an impressive list of worthwhile homes, let’s pop in, roughly, every 25-30 years to see some of the highlights.

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1790 – Casa Alvarez

289 rue St. Denis, Florissant MO

“Believed to be the oldest residence in Florissant, and possibly the county.”
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in June 1976.

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1830s – Bacon Log Cabin

687 Henry Ave, Ballwin MO
This abode started as a tiny log cabin, with several additions over the decades. Today, it is closer to its original size, and serves as the home of Old Trails Historical Society.

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1858 – Archambault House

603 rue St. Denis, Florissant, MO
This privately-owned home is across N. Jefferson street from Hendel’s Café (which is also pretty darn old!) in Old Towne Florissant.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in May 1976.

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1888 – Charles W. Ferguson House

15-17 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO
This is the only remaining grand home in this part of Webster Groves after Lockwood Ave. was zoned commercial in the 1920s. After decades as a private and rental home, it is currently business offices.
Added to the National Register in September 1984.

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1910 – Gocke-Vance House

2615 Poe Avenue, Overland, MO
This home was designed by St. Louis architect Lawrence Ewald, based on the plans for a fireproof house by Frank Lloyd Wright. It remains a privately-owned residence.

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1935 – Cori House

1080 N. Berry Road, Glendale, MO
A nicely preserved example of St. Louis architect Harris Armstrong’s residential work before World War 2. It remains a privately-owned residence.
Added to the National Register in October 1986.

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1950s-60s Ladue Estates

1-80 Ladues Estates Dr., Creve Coeur, MO
This largely intact subdivision is not only the first mid-century modern neighborhood on the Missouri National Register, but remains one of the few in the nation. Read more about their historic milestone.
Added to the National Register in May 2010.

The story of historic homes in St. Louis ends right about here, but with the 50-year rule, it means homes from the mid-1960s to 1970 are heading into potential historic status. So the story will continue on.

To explore the full list of all buildings on the St. Louis National Register of Historic Places, click here.

Local Resources for St. Louis Historic Homes and Buildings

If you have an interest in the history of St. Louis homes and buildings, we recommend checking out these websites and organizations to dig deeper.

Landmarks Association of St. Louis

Preservation Research Office

Built St. Louis

B.E.L.T. (Built Environment in Layman’s Terms)

ModernSTL

St. Louis Patina

Vanishing St. Louis

Mosby Building Arts has been remodeling St. Louis homes since 1947, so have had the pleasure of working on homes every era. We have renovated homes from the pre-Civil War era to Lustrons. So if you have a historic home that needs special care, give us a call at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.