Jill Rollings has over 10 years of experience designing new construction homes, together with co-owner and husband Brooks, who himself has over 20 year experiencing in construction, they lead the team at Black Birch Homes and Design. They continue their heritage of industry knowledge, integrity and value all while keeping the beauty of design at the forefront.
Learn all about Brooks, Jill and their entire team and mission state on their website at blackbirchhomes.com, for daily inspiration, check out their Instagram page @blackbirchhomes.
We interviewed Jill Rolling of Black Birch Homes and Design to get to know what inspires her not only as a designer, but as a co-owner of a top rated, custom home builder in Des Moines.
Our interview with Jill Rolling of Black Birch Homes and Design.
What inspired you to become a custom home builder / designer?
Jill Rolling: “I have always loved design and decorating! I began designing new construction homes almost 10 years ago ato help my husband out while still working as a NICU nurse. As our workload grew it quickly became my full time job and passion!“
What’s the best part about creating custom homes and designs as a wife & husband team / duo?
JR: “We love collaborating to make our homes look and feel different from other new construction homes. Adding character inside and out with trim details, light fixtures, paint etc. is super important to us.“
What is your design inspiration for your custom builds?
JR: “I love a neutral home that feels warm and inviting. With interesting touches that add wow factor. I also love adding in moody pops of color in areas like a den, pantry, 1/2 bath, or mudroom!“
What’s your favorite part of being a designer?
JR: “Trim stage! When all of your planning and selections start to install and it begins to feel like a home!“
What are first steps you can take when designing your dream home / space?
JR: “Thinking about how you like to ”live” in your home. The home floor plan should fit you and your family, not anyone else! It’s important to plan each room out to make sure you’re incorporating features and character at every step.“
Do you have any design tips you would like to share with other designers, homeowners or do-it-yourselfers?
JR: “My biggest tip would be to not fall into a decision or selection just because something is on trend. If you love that new trend then by all means, go for it. But if it feels forced to you then you’ll most likely end up wanting to change it sooner than later. Also trust your gut, it’s always right!“
How important is flooring selection when designing a custom home?
JR: “So important!!! I always tell my clients there are some things that you just don’t want to have to change! Flooring being one of them! Having a quality foundation of good flooring in the home makes all the difference!“
What's your favorite Hallmark Floors Collection / Color to use in your projects? And why?
JR: “I love so many Hallmark floors but my favorite are the Balboa floors from the Alta Vista line. I have them in my personal home and highly recommend them to our clients. I love the natural white oak coloring, the subtle variation and the quality. I also really like the Whitman floors in the Novella line. I love the slightly darker coloring and warmth that line adds to our homes. We also like to use the Courtier Camarilla oak lvp! It’s a great looking LVP, and the durability and water resistance make it another great option!“
What are somethings you take into consideration when choosing the correct flooring for a project?
JR: “First of all, price point of the project. Are they wanting an engineered wood or an lvp. If they’re unsure we talk about things like, if they have young kids, large dogs etc. Engineered wood is always my top pick but it is real wood, so it can scratch. Although the harder white oaks, lighter stain colors and matte finishes we’re seeing now help immensely with scratching. Some clients just like the durability of an LVP so having good looking options is amazing!“
Do you recommend Hallmark Floors to your clients & others?
JR: “Absolutely! I have had Hallmark floors in my last 3 personal home builds! The color options and quality are unparalleled in my opinion to other flooring in similar price points! “