A Des Moines Custom Home Builder Blog

3 Perks of an Open Floor Plan

Posted by Don Brill on February 24, 2020

It may seem like open floor plans have taken over every home magazine and television show, and there's a good reason for that. This trend is more and more popular in custom homes because it creates a single living space, providing ample room for friends and family to get together. Discover three reasons why an open floor plan is best for you.

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Topics: Design

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

Posted by Don Brill on April 05, 2019

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

Energy-Saving Features to Include in Your Custom Home

Posted by Don Brill on February 08, 2019

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 January 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

How to Build a Healthy Home

Posted by Don Brill on June 12, 2018

If you’re embarking on a home building project, then there’s never been a better time for you to plan for a healthy home. For decades, most people didn’t know about potential health hazards caused by common building materials and how to avoid them in home construction, but that is no longer the case. Here are our tips for building a healthy home from the beginning.

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Topics: Design

Checklist for First-Time Home Builders: During and After Your Build

Posted by Don Brill on May 30, 2018

If you’re a first time home builder, then you won’t want to miss out on part two of our “Checklist for First-Time Home Builders.” We know that building your first home can be intimidating, so we’ve designed this comprehensive checklist to help you on your home building adventure. Here’s what you need to know during the building process and after construction is complete.

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Topics: Design, Home Construction Process