A Des Moines Custom Home Builder Blog

Who’s in Charge, You or Your Custom Home Builder?

Posted by Don Brill on May 1, 2019 1:56:20 PM

The purpose of your custom home builder is to take your vision and make it a reality, but what do you do when you find yourself no longer in charge of your project at all? Navigating the relationship between a custom home builder and a homeowner can be a challenge, but with intention and care, you can create balance between the expertise and authority of your builder and your own hopes and desires. Here's how to take charge of your home building project. 

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Topics: Home Construction Process

Counter Productive: What You Need to Know About Marble, Granite, and Concrete

Posted by Don Brill on Apr 18, 2019 3:18:00 PM

Choosing the right material for your kitchen counter can be tricky, especially with all of the options on the market. We’ll take a look at three common countertop materials and evaluate their pros and cons. Check out the following information to make sure you're "counter" productive! 

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Topics: Interior Features

How to Stay on Budget When Planning to Build Your Dream Home

Posted by Don Brill on Apr 5, 2019 2:34:00 PM

Building the home of your dreams is a fun and exciting process, but going off budget can quickly turn it into a nightmare. As you’re planning to build your dream home, it’s helpful to develop a few guidelines to keep you on track with your project. In the end, you’ll have a home you love without the stress of unwanted expenses. 

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Topics: Design, Home Construction Process, Interior Features

How to Complement Your New Home with Landscaping Features

Posted by Don Brill on Mar 19, 2019 2:31:00 PM

Your custom home is a reflection of your style and taste. You've taken every measure to ensure that the inside is exactly what you've dreamed of. Why not take the same care on your home's exterior? The outside of your house sets the tone for your entire property. Here are some landscaping features that can complement your new home. 

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Topics: Outdoor Spaces

11 Light Fixtures That Will Light Up Your Life

Posted by Don Brill on Mar 4, 2019 2:12:00 PM

Choosing all of the features, design elements, and finishes for your custom home is a fun and exciting part of the custom home building process. Liven up your home’s interior with one of these stunning light fixtures. Here are 11 that will light up your life! 

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Topics: Interior Features, Lighting

First-Time Home Buyers: What You Need to Know About Home Loans

Posted by Don Brill on Feb 20, 2019 1:40:00 PM

Buying your first home is an exciting process, but there are plenty of less exciting aspects of home buying that you need to be aware of. Unless you’re one of the few lucky people who can pay for their first home entirely in cash, you’ll need to have at least a basic understanding of home loans. Here’s what you need to know before you buy the home of your dreams. 

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Topics: Finances

Energy-Saving Features to Include in Your Custom Home

Posted by Don Brill on Feb 8, 2019 2:42:00 PM

As you plan your custom home, there are plenty of energy-saving features to choose from. When you design your home to be energy efficient, you're benefitting both your wallet and the environment. Here are a few energy-saving features to consider in your home design. Consult with your custom home builder to find out what energy-efficient features they recommend. 

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Topics: Design, Interior Features, Energy Efficiency

Have Home Design Trends from the 70s Made a Comeback?

Posted by Don Brill on Jan 22, 2019 2:25:00 PM

The 70s were an iconic time period in American culture, and the design trends of the era were no exception. Now, many of the trademark features of the 70s are making an appearance in modern interiors, and we can’t say we’re upset. Put the cozy nostalgia of the 70s to work in your home with these design elements. 

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Topics: Design, Interior Features

Why Is It Important to Have Warranties on Your Custom Home?

Posted by Don Brill on Jan 9, 2019 2:51:00 PM

After investing serious time and money into your custom home, the last thing you want to do is fork over more resources to cover a mistake, repair, or replacement. Of course, you purchase your custom home with an expectation of excellence, but, unfortunately, there are some cases in which either builder error or product defect comes into play. Having appropriate warranties in place can save you the hassle of resolving issues on your own. Here’s why it’s important to get warranties on your custom home. 

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Topics: Finances

Ranch vs. Multistory Home

Posted by Don Brill on Dec 28, 2018 3:20:00 PM

Before you build your dream home, you’ll need to decide on its layout, including, whether you want a single story or a multilevel home. Both options have pros and cons, and only you can decide which will best suit your family’s needs. To help you choose, check out our rundown on ranches versus multistory homes. 

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Topics: Design