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4 Key Ways to Personalize Your Des Moines Custom Home

Posted by Don Brill on March 20, 2017

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Once you’ve designed and built your family’s new house, it’s time to make your brand new space into a timeless home. Where will you start to customize your home and make it your own?


This article belongs to the Construction Process Series 

Hire a Pro & Make a Plan

Deciding on a color scheme and design plan for an entire home can be overwhelming. Even if you’re enthusiastic about do-it-yourself crafts and projects for your new home, it’s a good idea to have at least a few meetings with a design professional. A professional interior designer can help you choose colors, fabrics, and styles as well as connecting you with resources, suppliers, and craftspeople you may not otherwise discover or be able to access. They may also push you outside your usual tastes to encourage you to make design choices that are unusual or extraordinary, introducing you to current trends and innovative new materials. Many designers are happy to consult with you and provide design advice for a reasonable fee, even if you don’t retain them to manage your whole-home project. 

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Don’t Forget the Outside

Your outdoor space can be a useful, beautiful extension of your living space, so it’s a great idea to consult with a landscaping professional when planning your outdoor design. Not only will a professional help lay out a beautiful space; they also can help choose plants and features that are best suited for your lifestyle, property, and landscape. This can help with drainage and reduce the time and effort you will need to spend on maintenance and upkeep. A pro can help you learn about and plan features to maximize your usable space, like privacy decks, outdoor lighting, built-in kitchen features, permanent seating, pagodas and gazebos, and much more. There are also good software programs and websites that can help you plan your garden space, plants, irrigation, and lawn areas so they look and grow best.


Do It Yourself (DIY)

One way to really make your house your own is to do some of the decorating or projects yourself or as a family. Whether you hire a professional for design guidance or not, many projects are simple, requiring just a few tools and some time. Resources like crafting blogs, home décor magazines, and internet sites like Pinterest can help your find ideas and instructions for tons of uniquely special indoor and outdoor DIY projects. Plus, doing it yourself can save you a lot of money when it comes to painting, recovering or refinishing furniture, landscaping, or creating decorative art.


Don’t Stop Upgrading

Many people build a family home with the intention of upgrading or altering certain parts in the future. These projects can help your home grow with you as the years go by! You could turn your garage into a man cave, add a tiny house as a backyard retreat, finish your basement into a high-tech home theatre and entertainment center, add a home gym and spa, install a climate-controlled wine storage area, convert your garage into a hobby space, and so much more. Designing a home that fits your current needs and is adaptable to future upgrades and alterations is a smart way to build a home that remains perfect for your family. Talk to your builder about what your future dreams might be so you can take steps to prepare for them now, which can save you a ton of money and a lot of headaches down the road. If you want to eventually put in a pool when your kids are older, for example, your builder might recommend you orient your home on your land to plan for that possibility. If you anticipate eventually finishing your basement to add an extra bedroom and rec room, you may want to find a parcel of land that lends itself well to a walk-out basement (making it easier to finish a bedroom that complies with egress requirements).


Homes by Brill can help you design a home that is perfect for your family to put its own stamp on and grow into for years to come. One of the things that sets us apart from other Des Moines home builders is our emphasis on developing a relationship with you and your family and learning about your needs and wants in a home during the building process. Contact us today to get started on your custom home journey!


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Topics: Design, Home Construction Process