A Des Moines Custom Home Builder Blog

Ranch vs. Multistory Home

Posted by Don Brill on December 28, 2018

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

The Best Time of Year to Buy New Construction

Posted by Don Brill on December 16, 2018

Most everyone knows the spring and summer are peak seasons for the real estate industry, but from a buyer’s perspective, there’s actually a better time of year to keep in mind. For those looking to take advantage of new construction, the best time to buy is just around the corner. 

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Topics: Finances

Missing Master Bathtub—Do You Need One?

Posted by Don Brill on November 28, 2018

Luxurious bathtubs used to be a given in master bath design. In recent years, a new trend is on the rise: the missing master bathtub. As you prepare to build your new custom home, only you can decide what is best for your master bathroom. Before you make up your mind, here are a few points to consider when deciding whether you need a master bathtub. 

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Topics: Interior Features

ROI and Building vs. Remodeling

Posted by Don Brill on November 13, 2018

You’ve come to a fork in the road: should you build a new home or remodel your existing one? When deciding which direction to take, asking yourself some key questions will help you make the best choice. Consider these factors before moving forward with a remodel or designing an entirely new custom home.

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Topics: Finances

Best New Home Features for Iowa

Posted by Don Brill on November 01, 2018

Building a custom home is exciting, but if you’re not careful, all of the options can be quite overwhelming! Before you begin designing your custom home, check out these best new home features. Then, partner with a trusted Iowa home builder to make your dream home a reality!

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How to Choose the Right Square Footage When Building Your Home

Posted by Don Brill on October 18, 2018

If you've never built a custom home before, it can be difficult to know where to begin. A major aspect of your home's design is its square footage. The size of your home has a significant impact on design and layout possibilities. Here are a few tips on choosing the right square footage for your custom home.

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Luxury Home Planning Tips

Posted by Don Brill on October 02, 2018

Building the home of your dreams can be a daunting process. Without guidance, it’s difficult to know where to begin! Here are a few tips to help get you started on planning your luxury home.

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Topics: Design, Home Construction Process

Fun Custom Home Features You Can Incorporate into Your Design

Posted by Don Brill on September 19, 2018

Your custom home is custom for a reason. Don’t just settle for ordinary; make your home unique. The sky is the limit when it comes to designing your custom home. Here are some fun features to get you started.

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Topics: Design

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Lot before Consulting a Home Builder

Posted by Don Brill on September 06, 2018

You’ve decided to build a custom home. Congrats! There are a couple of ways forward from here. Your first option is to work with a custom home builder to find a lot where you’d like to build. Your other choice is to purchase land on your own. Check out some of the pros and cons of buying a lot before consulting a home builder.

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Topics: Home Construction Process

Design a Home You Can Live in Forever

Posted by Don Brill on August 23, 2018

Custom homes are a huge investment. They require time, planning, and money from you as the home buyer. With a little extra thought, though, your dream home could stay your dream home…forever. Here’s how to design a home you can live in for the rest of your life. 

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Topics: Design