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Building a Custom Home: 4 Home Lighting Trends

Posted on 04/13/2016 at 3:59 PM

Building a custom home means that you can custom select every element of your home, including lighting. Whether recessed or a pendant style, lighting elements can help you create atmosphere for every room of your home.

Here are four of the hottest trends in lighting that are sure to inspire your luxury custom home design.

Refined Rustic

Mediterranean Kitchen by San Antonio Lighting Light by Design

Old world, rustic country design is a popular choice for luxury custom home building today. Blending the handcrafted elegance of the Mediterranean and the distressed, natural charm of country living, this classic style brings a warm and inviting feeling to any room.

Lighting in pewter, iron or stone go beautifully with the rustic design style. Distressed metal sconces and hanging lights modeled with simpler, geometric shapes give kitchens, studies and baths an immediate feeling of familiarity.

Looking for a little extra artistic flair for your rustic design? Lights designed to incorporate wood or glass provide an additional element of texture and a serve as a wonderful focal and conversational piece.

Modern Elegance

Mediterranean Kitchen by San Antonio Lighting Light by Design

Post-modern design, based on the concepts of the modernist movement of the late 19th century, incorporate clean, straight lines inspired by the bold colors and designs of abstract art. Found in many of today’s most upscale hotels, the modern style of design has become a symbol of elegance and luxury.

Building a modern custom home often includes lighting fixtures with clean lines that will fade seamlessly into the background. This provides functionality without taking center stage in the overall design. Natural fibers of cotton or linen are ideal for lamp and chandelier coverings, while the simplicity of stainless steel and chrome provide the perfect finishes touches to fixtures.

Layered Lighting

Contemporary Kitchen by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators City Studios

One of the hottest trends in luxury custom homes today is the layered lighting design look. Often created out of stain glass or hand-blown glass, this style brings a mixture of color and textures into common lighting elements.

Perfect for game rooms, kitchens or rooms for formal entertaining, the artisan style of layered lighting gives an element of polished sophistication through ceiling fan shades, mini chandeliers and sconces.

Polished Nickel and Chrome

Traditional Kitchen by Bridgehampton Kitchen & Bath Designers Hampton Design

Polished nickel and chrome has become a staple in contemporary design. Originally found in the kitchens of France, chrome and nickel are now essential for today’s gourmet home cooks and foodies.

Large hanging chrome lights with adjustable, locking arms allow for ample lighting in the kitchen exactly where it is needed. Polished nickel fixtures for the sink and cabinetry pull together the ultimate culinary kitchen design feel.

When working with your Des Moines home builder to create your new luxury home, remember to plan for lighting and fixtures. These top trends in lighting not only provide functionality, but also compliment and complete any luxury home design.

For more great planning and design ideas, download our free planning guide.

Woman-Centric Design: The McAllister Custom Home Floor Plan

Posted on 09/19/2013 at 11:36 AM

Our design process is deeply rooted in the principles of woman-centric design; designs that cater to the expectations of the female home buyer. Through the woman-centric approach to design, we create spaces that satisfy the needs of de-stressing, flexibility, entertaining and storage in luxury custom home development.

With a focus on the aspects of storage and flexibility, the spacious floor plan of the 4,598 square foot McAllister offers flexibility in design and endless customization opportunities for your new Iowa home.  The 5 bedroom, 5 bath McAllister plan make it ideal for those with larger families and offers ample privacy and plenty of amenities for everyone.

Woman-Centric Design: Smart Storage:

As Iowa custom home builders, we work with many families that are looking for designs that incorporate storage solutions to keep clutter out of sight. The ample storage opportunities available throughout the McAllister will make sure everything has a place. The large walk-in pantry in the kitchen provides tons of room to organize all your cooking essentials and ensures you have enough space to keep your pantry must-have items on hand.

The busy schedules of many families require an area of the home where you can just drop books and backpacks and go as you come in from school and head out to soccer practice. The McAllister was specially designed for families on-the-go. The back entrance of the home creates a room perfect for storing backpacks and briefcases, while the built-in seating area provides a place to remove and store shoes, empty your pockets and hang your keys.

Just off the back entrance is an additional large storage space ideal for keeping holiday decorations and patio accessories out of sight but within easy reach. With so much smart storage throughout the McAllister it’s easy to keep your family impeccably organized.

Woman-Centric Design: De-Stressing

Inspired by the luxury of an upscale bed-and-breakfast home, the amenities of the Master Suite provide the ultimate in de-stressing. The 10’ ceilings and large windows create an immediate tranquil feeling.

With large walk-in closets, storage and organization will never be an issue. And the over-sized tub is ideal for relaxing your cares away after a long day.

The large, open design of the McAllister floor plan offers peaceful privacy for you and your guests, with large bedrooms are strategically positioned to ensure traffic and activities don’t collide.

Woman-Centric Design: Flexible Spaces

The McAllister floor plan caters to those who love to entertain. The free-flowing space of the media room, recreational room and bar provide the perfect location for holiday celebrations and weekend gatherings. Located away from the main bedrooms and guest suite, you can feel rest assured that your guests’ activities won’t disturb the rest of the house, even during the most exciting Super Bowl party.

The upper-level location of the exercise room and fourth bedroom offer a private retreat that can be used as a home office, a library or craft room.

The flexibility of design offered by the McAllister makes the customization opportunities of your new Iowa home endless. Contact us and let us show you how to make this luxury floor plan perfect for your family.

The Luxury of a Spa Oasis in Your Iowa New Home

Posted on 09/17/2013 at 12:13 PM

A core principle of Woman Centric Design is de-stressing; creating luxury homes designed for in relaxing and letting your cares wash away. Nothing quite beats a day of relaxation at the spa….except enjoying a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home, anytime. For families that build custom new homes in Iowa, designing spa-inspired Master Suites is one of the perks of custom home design.

Building a custom home means anything is possible, from a Zen-inspired retreat to a deluxe spa shower. Designing your own spa-inspired Master Suite means that you can relax after a long day any way you want.

Here are just a few of the limitless possibilities for creating a spa-inspired retreat that you’ll love coming home to:

Home Spa: Sunken Tubs and Whirlpools

Contemporary Bathroom by Seattle Architects & Designers Garret Cord Werner

Imagine the richness that a sunken whirlpool or tub adds to a home spa; truly the ultimate dream feature in dream home design. With temperature controls and jet propulsion, you can soak away aches and pains while unwinding in the tranquility of your own home.

Breathe easy and settle back in sheer bliss when you take your home spa to the next level by incorporating the elements of the outdoors. Create a private patio with a lush garden and water feature to make your dream spa oasis complete.

Home Spa: Saunas and Steam Rooms

Traditional Bathroom by Vancouver Architects & Designers Peter Rose Architecture and Interiors

Saunas and steam rooms are well-known for their relaxing and de-stressing affects, but the traditional styles tend to be bulky and are often more than anyone would truly need for a home spa.

Create your own personalized sauna for two with ergonomic seating, benches, and head rests. Incorporate glass into the entrance to create a more open feeling for the space, while including a second set of controls or an emergency off switch inside the sauna for easy control.

Home Spa: Luxury and Elegance

Mediterranean Bathroom by Austin Architects & Designers Cornerstone Architects

One of the most soothing characteristics of a spa is simple, elegant design. Bring that same feeling of luxury home by incorporating a fireplace, surround sound, and other custom elements into your retreat area.

When you build a custom home you have the opportunity to create a space that is completely reflective of you, your needs, and your lifestyle. Whatever your idea of luxury is, we can design a home where you can live it everyday.

Discover for yourself what’s possible. Download our custom home planner and get started creating your own dream home.

Iowa New Home Designs with Flexibility for Life’s Changes

Posted on 09/12/2013 at 12:33 PM

Building a custom home is an exciting endeavor and one that requires planning to create a home that accommodates your family’s needs now and in the future. So what’s the best way to create a home that’s flexible enough for all of your family’s life stages?

One of the advantages of building a custom new Iowa home is that you can create rooms designed for flexible use. All Castle Pointe Homes are designed based on the four principles of Woman Centric Design: entertaining, storage, de-stressing and flexible living. Homes designed based on these principles will ensure that your home is built for your needs today as well as tomorrow.

Here are just a few of the ways that flexible design can help you create a home that your family will love for years to come:

Design Flexibility: After Children

Traditional Home Office by Philadelphia Closet & Home Storage Designers Closet & Storage Concepts

One of the most common life stages for families is how to adjust to an empty nest once the children have moved out of the house. Building a custom home with flexible design rooms makes it easy to transition kids out of (and sometimes back into) your home with ease.

Secondary bedrooms that are designed with double doors or built in shelving can easily be converted into a home office, library or a crafter’s dream room. Secondary bedrooms that are designed with en suite baths become perfect guest or in-law suites.

Design Flexibility: Rethinking the Den

Traditional Spaces by Millbrook Architects & Designers Crisp Architects

The den is one of the most flexible rooms in a new Iowa home. The versatility of a den allows for a study/extra-guest room combination, an enchanting reading nook or even a downstairs play room when kids are small. As children become teenagers you can convert the larger game room into an entertainment space with flat screen televisions, built in buffet serving area and a luxury bar.

Design Flexibility: A Home that Grows with You

Traditional Dining Room by Beverly Architects & Designers Siemasko + Verbridge

The key to building a custom home that will grow with you and your family’s ever changing lives is flexibility. By designing floor plans and rooms that are easy to convert as your needs change over time, you will give your house extended functionality and lower remodeling costs down the road.

Create the new Iowa home of your dreams with our downloadable custom home planner. Include the amenities you know you need for today, and let us show you how to create the flexibility with your design for your needs of the future.

Architectural Accents of Luxury New Homes in Iowa

Posted on 09/10/2013 at 12:46 PM

Building a custom home provides the opportunity to not only create a home with the features and amenities you’ve always wanted, but it’s an opportunity to design a home inside and out that perfectly reflects your individual style. When you build your own custom home, you can incorporate architectural elements from a variety of designs to create something truly unique for your new Iowa home

Architectural Accents: Make a Statement

Traditional Entry by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators RLH Studio

A staircase is an obvious must have for a multi-story home, but incorporating it with a few architectural elements can turn it into a truly elegant focal point of your home.

When you build a custom home you can create curved staircases, extra-wide staircases, and staircases with custom balusters and spindles. You can also add windows or skylights to stairwells to illuminate the space.

Architectural Accents: Create Depth and Ambiance

Contemporary Dining Room by Dallas Design-Build Firms Victor Myers Custom Homes & Real Estate

Incorporating subtle elements into your new Iowa home can make any room look larger without compromising a sense of inviting warmth. Cross beams in an accent or complimentary color make a ceiling pop and also provide the illusion of a larger space.

Even simple architectural elements can transform your home. Add decorative posts to create an optical separation in the room, while ceiling and floor molding are a simple way to add elegance to living rooms, dining rooms and dens.

Architectural Accents: Incorporate Art in the Everyday

Modern Bathroom by Denver Lighting 186 Lighting Design Group – Gregg Mackell

Take a plain wall in a bathroom, kitchen or entryway and create a work of art through dazzling marble, mosaic tiles or an embedded wood design. You can also include lighted art niches throughout your new Iowa home to showcase your personal art collection.

Architectural Accents: Inspiring Landscaping

Traditional Pool by Midland Park Landscape Architects & Designers Jardin Passion Landscape Designers

When Building a custom home, don’t forget to incorporate architectural elements outside as well. Slate and stone walls, an elegant fire pit with a built in seating area and lavish water elements will not only add beauty to the surrounding, but also seating and automatic conversation pieces when you’re entertaining.

Architectural accents offer endless possibilities for customizing your new Iowa home. Contact us and schedule a consultation to discover how we can enhance your new custom home by incorporating the beauty architectural accents.

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