Fischer Homes Design Team members
Fischer Homes Architects and Designers
Fischer Homes has partnered with some of the nation’s leading home designers to bring the Fischer Homes Signature Plans to you. Our goal is to create fresh, innovative designs, with the main focus always on you, the customer.
We worked with the leading designers and architects from different regions of the country, each with different areas of expertise, to complement one another and the internal Fischer Design Team. The result is a unique portfolio of refreshing new designs based on historical architecture styles.
Choosing a home plan and elevation is one of the most exciting parts of building your dream home. We are pleased to introduce you to each of our world-famous designers and their plans for your new home.
Are you so used to your bathroom that you overlook certain features that might be outdated? Bathroom design has evolved dramatically over the past few years. If your bathroom has become a merely functional space, then it might be time to consider remodeling.
Here are some sure signs that your bathroom needs an upgrade.
- The toilet is older than your kids.
Plumbing has changed, and today’s toilets offer more efficiency than your outdated commode. Low-flow toilets offer significant savings, and the touchless toilet eliminates that concern over someone’s lack of “courtesy”.
- Water isn’t always where it belongs.
Do you have a leaky faucet in the sink or tub? Does your toilet keep running after it’s flushed? Examine your bathroom for leaks and drips. Check the walls, ceiling, and floors for telltale signs of hidden moisture. Worn-out plumbing is an insurance claim waiting to happen.
- Sinks, tubs, and grout have lost that loving feeling.
Does your tile grout look like a cigarette smoker’s teeth? Are your tubs and sinks stained and scratched? Maybe your bathroom is trying to tell you it’s time to pull the plug. Retire the tired fixtures. Take advantage of today’s vast array of choices for bathroom tile, sinks, and tubs.
- The lighting is one-size-fits-all.
Your bathroom is a functional space. Some areas benefit from soft lighting, while others are task-centric (applying make-up, shaving). Create the right ambience in your bathroom by installing more energy-efficient fixtures that shed the right light on you—like sconces on the sides of the mirror, instead of on top, and maybe a chandelier over your spa tub.
- You have more toiletries than storage.
If you constantly have to make room on the bathroom vanity countertop because of the clutter, you need more storage space in your bathroom. It’s time to rethink the cabinetry. Invest in a new vanity or add shelves. An organized, uncluttered bathroom is a thing of beauty.
- Your life has changed.
Maybe you’re now sharing your bathroom with others—spouse, significant other, roommate, kids, in-laws. How does that affect the bathroom design? Can two people easily maneuver through the bathroom functions simultaneously? Is there too much clutter? When you double up, you should double down and invest in a bathroom remodel.
- You’re trying really hard to overlook the colors and patterns.
A coat of paint can only do so much to change your perspective. Styles and trends are evolving. Have they reached your bathroom yet? Today’s bathrooms have a spa-like feel, achieved with a combination of the right colors, accents, and materials. Even powder rooms deserve an update.
Every room in your home should reflect your personal style and provide the comfort that you can only get in this space. Don’t allow yourself to be lulled into mere tolerance of your rooms. Turn them into an environment that adds to the picture of your own “Home, Sweet Home”.
The bathroom has evolved from a purely functional space to a spa-like retreat. Cabinetry looks like fine furniture. Vessel sinks paired with cascading waterfall faucet create a gentle, Zen appeal. Bathroom lighting ranges from simple lines to elegant chandeliers. Showers are now more spacious, elegant, and pampering with rainfall shower heads and body jets.
Recently, we’re seeing more creativity in bathtub styles. And not just the look of the tub but the placement. With high design hitting the long-ignored tub, bathroom designers are making this fixture a focal point that doesn’t need to be tucked in a corner any more.
“Bathrooms are often the only place where people regularly have time to themselves,” explains Australian interior designer Sarah Davison. Bathroom design, she says, should “create a refuge of serenity and personal luxury.”
Freestanding bathtubs are leading the list of tub trends. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) released its 2016 report on design trends, and 67 percent of the designers surveyed are specifying freestanding tubs; 39 percent of them said they expect to do more with these bathtubs in 2016.
You can find a freestanding tub to fit any décor, from rustic to contemporary. Choose your desired shapes—oval or rectangular, or something more artsy. Then customize it with a faucet that reflects your style. You can even place a freestanding tub within a shower if you’re short on space.
The familiar clawfoot bathtub has made a big comeback. Manufacturers have driven this bathroom design trend by refining and redefining the clawfoot tub’s shape, color, and material—like acrylic, cast iron, and copper.
Another popular tub trend is the Japanese soaking tub. The NKBA survey showed that 61 percent of the designers used a soaking tub in 2015, and 36 percent plan to use them more often in 2016. A soaking tub is designed for relaxation—a long, leisurely soak. A Japanese soaking tub takes up less space. They tend towards being more narrow and round, but deeper than a conventional bathtub. This soaking tub features a built-in seat, much like a hot tub, but without the jets. They reflect the Japanese custom of ritually cleansing the body and soul. In a soaking tub, you can submerge yourself comfortably up to your neck, because of the tub’s depth. Also known as “Ofuro” (Japanese for “bath”), this bathtub style is available in a wide variety of styles that allow it to fit well into your bathroom design.
For a truly unique bathroom design, consider an infinity bathtub. Picture that time you left the bathtub faucet running, and the water overflowed the edges—except in this case, you don’t need to panic! There’s a channel that collects the overflow and a pump that recirculates the water. If your bathroom has a window with a view, the infinity tub allows you to enjoy your soak while feeling like you’re outdoors in a stream. Your infinity tub can be elevated, like many bathtubs, or level with the floor, giving you the feeling of stepping into a lake.
With today’s bathtub styles, you forget about that tub hidden behind a shower curtain. Treat yourself to the joy of relaxing in a tub after a stressful day.
Sometimes you want to spruce things up before your visitors arrive for a big holiday (like the one THIS weekend!). You’ve finished redecorating a room—or, at least you think so. Something still isn’t right. The feng is missing the shui.
Sometimes, the little things that punctuate your room makeover with an exclamation mark. When you’re redecorating, don’t miss these room design details.
Trim color. I looked through the home decorating manual and I couldn’t find any hard and fast rule that says you have to have white trim in your home. Go for colorful contrast to your walls, or a soft complement, if you’re not quite so bold.
Decorative molding. From tall baseboards to wainscoting to crown molding, you can enhance the impact of your walls by adding or changing the trim. A chair rail allows you to break up the wall and use two different colors, or a combination of color and a pattern or texture (or both).
Wall accents. Rethink your idea of what you can hang on your walls. Go for more dimension in your home décor with pottery, vases, creative shelving, and even your favorite books or album covers centered within an open frame. Apply wall decals, which are easily removable when you change your mind or mood.
Lampshades. Just because the lamp you purchased came with a particular lamp shade doesn’t mean it’s the right one for your space. A simple change (try it seasonally) can make a big difference in the decorative impact.
Dimmers. This is perhaps the simplest and least expensive lighting makeover you can do. Replace your switch with a dimmer and you suddenly create mood lighting.
Switchplates. Boring. Paint them to blend or contrast with the walls. Decoupage your switchplates with fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap, book pages, or anything else that you can stick to it.
Natural touches. Fresh flowers, plants, and even twigs bring the outdoors into your room and boosts the energy. Treat yourself to a fresh bouquet each week.
Before you stamp your room makeover as complete, focus on the little details. You’ll be amazed at the power of these finishing touches.
BSB Design BSB Design was founded in 1966 and has received hundreds of regional and national awards for innovative design, and Better Homes & Gardens Magazine has called the firm “America’s Leading Family Home Architect”. The architects and planners at BSB design continue to develop homes that retain a sense of interior style and create street appeal that homeowners continue to enjoy over generations. Creativity in the design process comes from great collaboration with knowledgeable partners with common goals, both Fischer Homes and BSB design have benefited from working together to create inspiring homes.
Fischer Homes Designs by BSB Design:
J. Carson Looney
J. Carson Looney, FAIA
Principal, LRK Inc.
Based in Memphis, TN, Carson is a Founding Principal in Charge of Residential Architecture with Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK Inc.). Carson’s designs focus on proper proportion, scale and detail, resulting in homes with a timeless, regional character. These features are specialties he has mastered and for which LRK has received numerous national awards and accolades.
Fischer Homes Designs by J. Carson Looney:
While studying architecture in Florence, Italy, Dominick Tringali developed a deep understanding of and appreciation for classical design principles. Dominick feels that architecture should feel both old and new, with timeless qualities that he calls the “essence of design”. He is an advocate of New Urbanism and environmental responsibility. He feels that his designs should create healthy, beautiful, and energy efficient living spaces for his clients. He is President and CEO of Dominick Tringali Architects of Detroit, Michigan and has earned numerous national honors.
Fischer Homes Designs by Dominick Tringali:
William L. Kaufholz, AIA
Fischer Homes Director of Architecture
School/Training/Background: The University of Oklahoma
Degrees: Bachelors of Architecture
Bachelors of Environmental Design
Professional Organizations: American Institute of Architects (AIA)
National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)
Current State Licenses: Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
Professional Work Experience: 35 years
Favorite Fischer Home: The Wheatland: The floor plan flows and lives great and it balances open and private spaces well. Along with a stable of memory points and well proportioned room sizes.
Favorite Fischer Home Feature: There are two. The first being our stylized exteriors. It allows Fischer Homes to capture a better community expression through timeless design elements while providing lasting values to our homes. It also gives our designers the ability to express the personality of the home through the exterior presentation.
The second is our approach to interior architecture. The approach to our interiors provides our ability to continue to express the homes personality and memory points through elements such as interior arches, window walls, multi height cabinetry, niches and ceiling treatments.
Favorite Source of Inspiration: I find walking through early 20th century neighborhoods provides me a wealth of inspiration. Items that I usually carefully take note of are the scale and massing of the homes, expression of the entry, integration of the garage with the home, material usage and detailing, window sizes and placement and the usage of color.
Fischer Homes Design Manager
School: University of Cincinnati
10+ years Design experience primarily in Single Family Residential Design. 8 years with Fischer Homes first as Designer then as Design Manager.
5+ years working in Single Family Construction- Primarily Framing and Interior/Exterior Trim
Favorite Fischer Home: The Bradford offers a variety of plan configurations and options allowing it to be personalized to satisfy varying lifestyles. The Included plan has a more traditional plan arrangement with spacious Kitchen and Family Room. The Alternate plan puts an open Kitchen at the center of the home, creating excellent connectivity between the Kitchen, Hearth Room and Family Room. The Bradford also provides an option for a convenient and spacious first floor Guest Suite which is perfect for out of town guests or parents who are sharing a home with their adult children.
Favorite Fischer Home Feature: My favorite Fischer Homes feature is the exterior designs. The variety of architectural styles and attention to details create attractive homes that are one of a kind. The variety of architectural styles create dynamic communities with visually interesting streetscapes that are truly unique to Fischer Homes.
Favorite Source of Inspiration: The greatest source of inspiration for me is knowing I am Designing somebody’s ‘Dream Home.’ I think about how important our Home is in my own family life and all the activities that happen there, from the daily routine to the special moments that write the story of our lives. I firmly believe the design of your home significantly impacts your overall well-being and can either encourage or discourage connection and interaction with the people you live with and the people in your community. While our Homeowners are often building their ‘Dream Home’ I understand that ‘Dream’ varies from person to person along with their needs and desires for a Home. The process of understanding what that ‘Dream Home’ means to different Homeowners and developing Design Solutions that fulfill them is my greatest source of inspiration.
David E. Buschle
Fischer Homes Design Manager
School/Training/Background: Bachelor’s of Architecture, University of Kentucky 1975
Post Grad. Continuing Ed., Photography, AutoCAD
Early career as a Designer of Corporate Offices and self employed as a Contract Residential Designer.
34 year experience as a residential designer, 30 plus years at the Fischer Group. Resposiblities from a one person architectural department handling construction drawings, design and marketing illustrations. to Manager of 12 person architectural department, offering five different home product lines.
Favorite Fischer Home: The Sanibel, a Patio Home design, it’s the home that I call home. I enjoy the right size fit for my empty nest lifestyle. The neighborhood provided yard maintainence and amenities is also a plus. This design offers a open plan arrangement with the right amount of volume space and interior architecture design features, along with good Study and Bedrooms space separation to make it comfortable for visting guest. Leaves one with a resort style feel while being in the comfort of my home.
Favorite Fischer Home Feature: Value Engineering over Trend Chasing. I take pride in our Fischer Homes being designed right, that the pieces fit and flow correctly. That the parts that make up the Home are use completely and properly and not wasted. I personally enjoy solving puzzles. I look at designing homes as puzzle solving, putting the correct pieces together the right way. I enjoy that Homeowners just feel right in a Fischer Homes and can’t always tell why. I take that as a puzzle well solved
Favorite Source of Inspiration: Past experience, Historical Homes, Established Cincinnati/Local Neighborhoods,I enjoy looking at other peoples homes. Seeing other design that work or don’t spur me on to try new ideas and solve new problems. It also helpful sometime to identify and fix the problem someone else didn’t figure out. Out of Market visits are also great for new and different ideas, but alot of the time harder to translate and apply to local conditions.
Fischer Homes Architectural Designer
School/Training/Background: Miami University Oxford, Ohio
Bachelor of Art in Architecture
11+ Years of Residential Home Design and Building, including, custom single family homes, senior living communities, urban lofts, as well as, small to medium size commercial projects.
Favorite Fischer Home: The Clayton
The Clayton offers a floor plan that responds to the everyday activities of my growing and busy family. The spacious, open Family Room, Morning Room and Kitchen become the heart of the home, and where everyone wants to gather.
Favorite Fischer Home Feature: Hearth Room
The new Hearth Room feature is the perfect place to relax, drink a cup of coffee, read a book, have family game night or eat dinner, all while being connected to the heart of the home with the warmth of the fireplace. A definite favorite place to hang out with family and friends.
Favorite Source of Inspiration:
For me, Residential Design is very personal. Homes are where we live our lives, and where our memories are made. When looking for inspiration for design, I typically turn to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. They are the core of who live in our homes. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like… Design is how it works.
Fischer Homes Architectural Designer
School/Training/Background: St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Detroit, Detroit Michigan
Bachelor’s of Architecture
– I have 16 years of experience in Residential Design and Architecture. My primary focus has been with mid-level to high-end single family product complimented with active adult, entry level, and multi-family design.
Favorite Fischer Home: The Redfield. The Redfield design is a house that offers large, open rooms, great features and tons of space. The Owner’s Retreat is my favorite space in the House.
Favorite Fischer Home Feature: Fireplace in the Family Room is my favorite feature.
Favorite Source of Inspiration: My Grandfather, Ken Smith is my inspiration. He was an Engineering Professor at the University of Detroit and along with my Grandmother, they raised twelve kids. His vast knowledge, intelligence, and compassion has been a role model for many people. He continues to be an inspiration to me on a professional and personal level.