Senior Editor

Susan Bady has been writing about the housing industry for 30 years. She is senior editor of Professional Builder, Custom Builder, and NKBA Innovation+Inspiration magazines, and contributes to the portal Web site Bady has also written for such consumer magazines as Cabin Life and Better Homes and Gardens’ Home Plan Ideas. You can reach her at

TV shows influence home design

Printer-friendly versionSend by email

In an earlier blog post, I talked about being inspired by the home improvement shows on HGTV. But I know at least one builder who gets design ideas from other types of television programs, such as dramas and reality shows.  

Sean Ruppert, principal of OPal LLC in Lanham, Md., started including Internet nooks in all of his homes, thanks to—of all things—“The Osbournes.” “I’m not kidding you,” says Ruppert. “In between the kitchen and the garage of Ozzy’s house was this great little cubby they had for a computer station.”
His simple, clean trim details and columns were inspired by “Desperate Housewives.” Ruppert was captivated by one of the homes on Wisteria Lane: “The trim and columns were just so beautiful and well done and not ornate or fluffy.” Another idea he borrowed from the show: built-in window seats on all the stair landings. “It creates such a lovely environment for kids to read or wait for mom and dad to come home or watch the snow fall.” 
Ruppert’s monitoring of pop culture has helped him refine his home designs. How about all you PB/CB readers? Have you ever incorporated something you saw on TV into your homes?

Comments on: "TV shows influence home design"

October 2016

This Month in Professional Builder


The Home Builders Institute is dedicated to providing a path to employment for those who need one—and it’s helping alleviate the labor shortage in the process

Overlay Init