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Upcoming Inventory!

This article ran in the Union Tribune last weekend!  Check out what is up and coming!

McCullough Design Development Rising to the Occasion in 2013

Each New Year brings with it anticipation and excitement. 2013 anticipates continuing low interest rates and a rise in home sales.McCullough Design Development, known for both designing and building estate homes in San Diego, invites you to mark your calendars and join them in January to welcome an exciting new year full of numerous projects underway!
“In 2013 MDD will be offering something that will meet every aspect of the housing market,”

states Lori McCullough, part of MDD’s sales and marketing team.“Whether you desire to design and create a custom build, are searching for a move-in ready home, or even want a leasing option on a beautiful home, we can do it!”
Move-In Ready
January 12, 2013 will mark the grand opening of two new developments in Poway.The first is Aubrey Station, MDD’s new development of 3,000 square-foot single-level homes in…

MDD on YouTube

Earlier this year McCullough Design Development was featured on the television show "American Builder"!  The show highlights MDD as a premium custom home builder in San Diego, describing how we both design and build the home to the client's budget.  Get to know us a little better and take a look! 

Like Family

Living in the Gables Crossing community at Del Sur is like living with family!  We love our homeowners!  The following are pictures taken last month at our second annual block party.   McCullough Design Development was happy to provide catered Brett's BBQ for dinner... a "Sweets Truck" for dessert, accoustic musical entertainment...   
and games for the kids!   
Our homeowners pitched in with sides, desserts, and great conversation! We are happy to be a part of the Del Sur community of Gables Crossing and for another great year of designing and building homes! For more information on becoming part of our neighborhood, visit our website at  We custom design and build high quality  homes our clients will love for years to come!

Dining this Season

Let's face the facts. Autumn is a time for home cook'n and parties!  Kitchens are where all of the action happens this month!  From soup on the stove to something meaty in the oven, we design homes that make cooking a pleasure.  As custom home builders in San Diego, McCullough Design Development allows clients to pick out their own amenities and features like pot-filler faucets over the oven range, double ovens, extra vegetable sinks, granite countertops, etc. We love building custom homes and beautiful gourmet kitchens like this!   
Speaking of kitchens and eating, here are some tips for dining and party-going this season by Michelle May, M.D.

Fifteen eating tips to help you enjoy the season more while eating less:

1. It’s easy to be distracted from signals of physical hunger and satiety at social gatherings, especially when food is the main event. Pay close attention to your body’s signals to guide your eating.

2. Think of your appetite as an expense account. How much do you …

Wood Beams - Part 2

One of our most popular posts was regarding Open Beam Ceilings. We recently completed a home with this beautiful extensive tree pattern of beams.  These photos below will give you additional ideas about how to use natural wood beams to enhance the look and feel of your home!

 Anything is possible when you build a home with McCullough Design Development!  For more information about building a custom estate home with us, check out our website at!

Good Times in Del Sur!

Mark your calendars residents of Gables Crossing and Del Sur, Del Sur's fall festival will be held this Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 2-8 pm!

This is the largest event of the year! Rides: Ferris Wheel, Bumble Bees, Hampton Cars, Motorcycles & the Paratrooper
Games: Balloon Dart, Duck Central, Ring Toss, Bean Bags, Water Race, Cat Punk Rack, High Striker, Long Range, Milk Can, Tubs of Fun
Petting Zoo: 2pm-6pm with pony rides, bunnies, goats, ducks and more…
Blue Grass Band: 2pm-4pm and 5pm-6pm on the main stage
Ventriloquist: 4pm-5pm | Joe Gandelman performs a 60 minute kid friendly show with several of his friends.
Beer Garden: 2pm-8pm | Beer and Wine available for purchase- $3 per beer/glass of wine
Creation Station: 2pm-6pm | Pumpkin painting and decorating
Pumpkin Golf: 2pm-7pm | Test out your skills
Family Games: 2pm-7pm | 3 legged race, egg in spoon race and more…
Hay Ride: 2pm-6pm | Ride around Del Sur with Farmer Bob
Face Painters: 2pm-6pm | Fun activity for the little ones

Building Aubrey Station - Post 10

Over a month ago we had just drywalled and were starting on the siding of Lot 1 at Aubrey Station. Now just a month later, we have:

Painted and primed the walls so we can install the cabinetry,  Stained the cabinets and added travertine tile flooring and baseboards,  Installed the sinks,  Finished tiling the showers,  Installed shingles on the roof,  And painted the exterior of the home. There is still much to do as we prepare this home to be our Model Home at Aubrey Station.  Look for more information as this home will be open in January of 2013! 

For more information on the homes at Aubrey Station, please call 858-431-9622 or contact

Tips on making a house a Home

What makes a house a home?  In recent years the definition has shifted away from formality to comfort. Pictured below is a great room with plenty of seating, from an oversized sofa to padded dining room chairs or bar stools.  Solid Wood flooring adds a rich look while the carpeting is soft and inviting.

 A home needs to be as welcoming as it is beautiful.  Here, rich, warm colors and seating that can be easily rearranged attribute to a welcoming, versatile room. Every room should function effortlessly. Below, comfortable furniture with alternate walkways allows traffic flow and functionality.

Furniture should be scaled to suit the space and often times needs to be versatile and flexible.  In a small space like a bedroom, it is important for it to look cozy and yet uncluttered.  Choose pieces that fit the size of the room and open up the space like these upholstered open-arm chairs.

McCullough Design Development designs and builds Homes to be lived in.  We think about the needs and wan…

Another Finished Home for Sale at Gables Crossing!

Homes like this really haven't come around very often in the past few years due to our custom design-build program, but we have another finished home for sale at Gables Crossing in Del Sur!  This beautiful 4,800 sq ft home was built in 2007 by the Award Winning McCullough-Ames Development.  The home is 4 Bedroom, 4-1/2 Bath with 4-car garage.  Let's take a closer look...

The family room is central to the home and part of the great room, but distinct with its open wood beam ceiling.

The gourmet kitchen is full of high-end appliances and natural stone counterops, perfect for entertaining guests or cooking up a family dinner. 

 This home does have a formal entry room to greet guests.

The luxurious master bath has plenty of room for two!

The master bedroom is spacious, with 10 ft cielings (here and throughout the home) and leads to a resort-like back yard.
The front courtyard has a fireplace and water feature, a perfect place to relax in the evening.

For more information on this …

Single Level Homes

(Excerpt from the Union Tribune on September 1st.)

McCullough Design DevelopmentFocuses on the Single Story Home
Single level homes have been McCullough Design Development’s forte for many years now. In today’s market, rates are better than they have ever been, however home inventories are in short supply and the availability of single story homes is at a record low.Larger lots are rare, with builders building on small lots with high land prices, forcing them to increase the square footage by building two-story homes.Recognizing the buyer’s needs, MDD is scouring San Diego for larger lots allowing them to build beautiful single level homes with plenty of room for the living, yard, and garage space that the market desires.
Located at the Gables Crossing development in Del Sur, MDD’s model home showcases the highly sought after single story estate home.Architecturally ideal for everyday living, they focus their designs on where people spend most of their time.Entertainment sized kitchens,…

Wrought Iron

The term "wrought iron" might be conjuring images of the Eiffel Tower, but you can add that same beautifully structured awe to your home.  The word "wrought" is an archaic form of the word "to work," so "wrought iron" actually means "worked iron".  Pieces of ornamental worked iron can be used on fireplaces and doors to add refinement and beauty.  Below are two fireplace covers with rich detail that show magnificently against the glow of a fire. Here, entire doors are fashioned, one with only wrought iron that leads into a wine room and the other combined with glass into the wood frame of the door to a home office.

Reminiscent of speakeasy days, a wrought iron grate covering a closable window on a front door adds character and style.
 As always, when designing a home with McCullough Design Development, the possibilities don't end there!  Add wrought irons fences, gates, wall decor, etc. to your custom built home!  For more informa…

Building Aubrey Station - Post 9

Although I haven't posted about the goings on at Aubrey Station for two weeks, we have not stopped building!  Inside the home we have insulated and hung drywall.  Walls are actually being primed for paint this week! On the exterior of Lot 1 we have started to put up the clapboard/hardiboard siding! 

This house is going to be adorable! Stay tuned!

Contact Lori at for more information!


Cabanas are structures that provide shade and refuge on a scorching summer day and can be a great addition to a pool area. In San Diego, where the weather is practically perfect year round, you might as well take advantage of the out doors. 

Cabanas can be built with endless options!  Add walls, curtains or just keep it open and breezy.  Put in a private bathroom and shower, a wet bar with bar stools, or fill it with lounge chairs or patio funiture for comfortable dining. 

When you build a custom home with McCullough Design Development, we design and build a home that suits your needs and lifestyle.  For more information on building a home with MDD, visit our website at!

Building Aubrey Station - Post 8

The first house at Aubrey Station has been moisture wrapped and windows have been put in!  The roof has also been felted and loaded.  Rough electrical, HVAC, and the tubs are in.  We have even waterproofed the shower already!

This home is coming together nicely and will make a magnificent model for the rest of the Aubrey Station homes in January!  For more information, check out our website at or call Lori at 858-431-9622

Aubrey Station Union Tribune Article

This was the article that ran in the Union Tribune on July 21st about our new development in Poway!
McCullough Design Development Introduces Aubrey Station
In this ever-changing economy, home builders are adapting to the shifting conditions and needs of the housing market. McCullough Design Development (MDD), San Diego’s premier estate home builder, is no exception.
Known for designing and building single level estate homes, MDD announces an exciting project, a brand new development of 3,000 square-foot homes in Poway. Located near Old Poway Park, the development named Aubrey Station will feature a quaint cul-de-sac of six single-level homes. Designed with clap-board siding, dormers, and white picket fencing, the homes will fit perfectly into Old Poway’s restored turn-of-the-century look, like a neighborhood straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. MDD plans to showcase the new model home by early January 2013.
McCullough Design has become expert at building the exceptional ‘hard-…

Building Aubrey Station - Post 7

Don't worry, summer vacation and the olympics haven't stopped us from continuing to build at Aubrey Station!
We have the exterior sheer and roof nail inspection scheduled and the rough HVAC is being installed!  Gas, water & rough electrical are all being installed as well! 

Look for the completed Aubrey Station Model Home in Poway to be finished January of 2013!  Single Story 3,000 sq.ft. 4 BR homes with 3 BA and a bonus Sports/Entertainment room!

Building Aubrey Station - Post 6

Late last week the sheer panels went up on Lot 1 of Aubrey station.  The trusses were then delivered and loaded!  It is incredible to see how fast this house is going up! 

Woo hoo!
To join the interest list for one of these 3,000 sq. ft. single story homes at Aubrey Station or get more information about McCullough Design Development's design-build program, contact Lori at!