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What My Porch Has Taught Me About Mother’s Day

The front porch is a symbol of the close relationship with my mother and the relationship I hope to achieve with my daughter. We spend so much time on this porch that decorating and preparing it has become a project my mother and I work on together every year around Mother’s Day.

Five Steps to Selecting a Homesite and Preparing to Build a Custom Home

Finding a lot that’s right for a custom home for you can be overwhelming and lot of people don’t really know where to start. Here are five steps and an example with figures to help you on your way.

A Very Hayden Thanksgiving

While I am notorious for saying everything is my favorite - my family relentlessly makes fun of me for this - Thanksgiving is our favorite family holiday. That’s because it’s about giving thanks for two other favorite things: family and food. Here are some favorite family traditions, old and new, that make the day special.

Home Theater Ductwork- Size Doesn’t Matter- Part 2

Many people delay a renovation or the addition they’ve been dreaming of because of a perceived physical barrier – size of the space or even a structural obstacle. We, at DH Custom Homes, say those things do not have to stand in your way. We have a lower level home theater under construction in Chesterfield to prove it. In our blog Size Doesn’t Matter- Part 1 we described the plan for the theater and the challenges we had facing us.


A Tribute to My Father: The Unseen Crawl Space

To honor the engineering-minded home builder father I love, I share with you one of his favorite spaces in our Clayton home renovation – the crawl space under the addition.

DH Custom Homes Wins Favorite Building Award

Four Homewood Lane is a house we are extremely proud of and feel honored to have received recognition by The City of Kirkwood Landmarks Commission and Architectural Review Board as one of this year’s Kirkwood Landmarks “Favorite Buildings Awards” in the category of “Infill of Merit.”

What I Learned from my First Job

I always tell people that I’ve never had a bad job. And I really do mean that. I have had bad days, but I have always enjoyed what I was doing. My love for work started when I was only six years old. 

Dennis Hayden Featured in SBM

We would like to thank the St. Louis Small Business Monthly for taking a few moments to get to know more about Dennis Hayden and the Hayden family with their January Time with the Boss column. Since our roots run deep in the St. Louis area, we were thrilled at the opportunity to give back to the local business community. 

The Big Winner

 During September and October, we held a contest – anyone who liked our Facebook page or signed up for our newsletter was eligible to win an iPad. And last week, we got a chance to catch up with our contest winner: Candy Ingrassia Citrin, an agent with Coldwell Banker Gundaker.

Rethinking the Mud Room

 As a family-owned and operated business, we at DH Custom Homes sought out to take on this challenge of rethinking the mud room. While transition areas like a mud room are a utility, we believe they can reflect the home’s design and serve as a welcoming area. We call our approach, the family foyer – a large space that can be customized in any way to meet the family’s needs.

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