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

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

Luxury Home Planning Tips

Posted by Don Brill on Oct 2, 2018 2:25:00 PM

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

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

Posted by Don Brill on Sep 6, 2018 5:27:00 PM

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

Is a Custom Home Affordable?

Posted by Don Brill on Aug 6, 2018 5:11:00 PM

Whether you’re a first time home buyer or home-buying pro, affordability probably has a significant impact on your decision making. While you might be under the impression that a custom home is out of your price range, you may be surprised to find out that it’s more affordable than you think. Check out our cost analysis of your “next” home options. 

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Topics: Home Construction Process

Should I Build New or Buy a Fixer Upper?

Posted by Don Brill on Jul 27, 2018 2:51:00 PM

To build or not to build: that is the question. As you prepare to decide on your next home, here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether to build new or buy a fixer upper.

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Topics: Home Construction Process

Are You Ready to Build? Take This Test to Find Out!

Posted by Don Brill on Jul 10, 2018 4:27:00 PM

You've dreamt; you've planned; you've waited. Are you finally ready to build? On the surface, it may seem like everything is under control, but on closer examination, you may not be as ready as you think. If you think you're all set to build, take this test to find out!

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Topics: Home Construction Process

Warning Signs That You Chose the Wrong Builder

Posted by Don Brill on Jun 26, 2018 5:46:00 PM

If it’s your first time building a home, you probably don’t know what to expect from your construction company. Once things start moving, though, it won’t take long for you to assess whether you made the right decision or not. Here are warning signs that you chose the wrong builder—and how to address your issue.

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Topics: Home Construction Process

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

Posted by Don Brill on May 30, 2018 7:03:00 PM

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

Checklist for First-Time Home Builders: Before You Build

Posted by Don Brill on May 19, 2018 6:19:00 PM

First-time home building can be overwhelming, but never fear! We’ve come up with a comprehensive checklist specifically designed with you in mind. Use it to assess where you are in the process and what you have left to do before you delve into the construction of your new home.

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Topics: Home Construction Process