Building a custom home is easier than you might have imagined. Understanding the process before you begin will help you better prepare and enhance the experience.
Here we’ve outlined the four steps that will help you prepare you for the initial consultation with your home builder and guide you through the entire process of Building a custom home in Des Moines.
To prepare for the planning and design phase, it’s helpful to take an inventory of your family’s lifestyle. Your lifestyle survey will help you identify the amenities and needs that are most important to you and your family.
Are you an active family with tons of sporting equipment? Then you’ll want to include ample garage storage for easy, organized access to everything you need for the big game. For your home chef and cook, create the ultimate kitchen with a walk-in pantry, energy efficient appliances and tons of counter space to work on.
Ready to take your lifestyle survey and outline the amenities and must have items for your Iowa luxury custom home? Download our planner to get started.
With your lifestyle survey completed and your must have items identified, you’re ready to create a design idea book. Your design idea book will become your guide when you meet your builder and will give your builder a better understanding of your design tastes.
Need a little inspiration? Check out our online photo gallery for ideas from some of our previously built custom homes. Pinterest and Houzz are also excellent resources for discovering new materials, techniques and design inspiration.
Selecting a floor plan is a very exciting step in the custom home build process. It’s during this step that you’ll choose the floor plan that will serve as the skeleton you’re your new luxury custom home.
Castle Pointe homes has several floor plans, all with the ability to customize to best fit your lifestyle and needs. When reviewing our featured floor plans, try and reimagine each of them with your customizations and personalization choices incorporated into them. This will help you narrow down your selections to your ideal plan.
With your lifestyle survey completed, design idea book pulled together and your floor plan selected, it’s now time to meet your builder. During your initial consultation, ask to take a tour of a current home under construction in order to get a better idea of the builder’s style and to give you time to share your design thoughts and must haves with your builder. This is an excellent way to connect with your builder and get the build process off on the right foot.
This is also the point where you’ll discuss your location options. Already have the perfect lot picked out? If not, talk to your builder about available land for sale in Iowa that will fit your custom home vision.
When you’re ready to begin Building a custom home in Iowa, contact us and let us help you make your luxury custom home dream a reality.
Half-way through 2013 and the housing market continues to show strong signs of returning to a steady normalcy post the 2009 market crash. The Metro Study Report has been keeping a watchful eye on the market and, in a recent study, shared some startling changes that are now being seen and felt for by those building a custom home and many Iowa home builders.
Positive signs are steadily appearing in the Iowa housing market landscape, as well as throughout the country. Four trends in particular are of importance to buyers looking to build a custom home in Iowa.
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of lower land prices and mortgage rates. Contact us to begin the process of your luxury custom home in Des Moines.
With a vibrant history and an active cultural arts and events community, Des Moines has something for everyone to enjoy this summer. Here are twenty-five of our favorite ideas for how to enjoy the summer this year in Des Moines:
With so many ways to enjoy the summer, it’s no wonder so many people call Des Moines home. Become part of the vibrant Des Moines lifestyle and contact us to start designing your custom home.
Looking for the perfect gift for dad for Father’s Day? Then make his “honey do list” disappear by building a custom home with all of the features and additions already included, leaving dad with more free time to spend on the golf course.
Des Moines home builders can turn your list into the luxury custom home of your dreams complete with a gourmet kitchen and an outdoor living area so welcoming and inviting it’s perfect for entertaining guests or family.
Here are a few suggestions on how to take your list and create the luxury custom home of your dreams.
Traditional Kitchen by Mechanicsburg Design-build Firms Farinelli Construction Inc
If your current kitchen is filled with a list of DIY projects that never seem to get done, this is a great time to consider selling your home and upgrading to a brand new custom home. Design a large gourmet kitchen with ample counter space and even a built-in island with a sink to give you extra working space. If you love to entertain or bake, then include a double oven and a staging area where you can put the final touches on your latest creations before serving.
No luxury kitchen would be complete without a large, walk-in pantry. With plenty of shelf and cabinet space, you can fully stock your pantry and still have room left for large appliances and kitchen accessories you don’t use often.
What dad doesn’t want to spend more time grilling? Build a custom home with an outdoor living area that keeps dad happy all Summer long. Complete with a built-in flat screen and grill, dad will have everything you need for spending afternoons watching the game and grilling with family and friends.
There is no need to reserve outdoor living spaces for summers only. With the addition of a fireplace, an outdoor living space can become a year-round hub of activity for your entire family.
Traditional Wine Cellar by Louisville Architects & Designers KGA Studio Architects
Does dad’s list include installing a wine fridge in the kitchen? Instead, build a custom home with a wine cellar large enough to house your entire wine collection. And having your own wine cellar makes hosting wine tasting parties even more exciting.
Contemporary Closet by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators Josh Brown Design
Why have dad build a shoe rack in your closet when you can build a custom home with your dream walk-in closet instead? With floor-to-ceiling shelves and customized spaces for jewelry, handbags and scarves, your luxury walk-in closet can be customized to make deciding what to wear easy.
Download our planner and turn dad’s “honey do list” into a “honey it’s already done list” by designing the luxury home of your dreams.
Designing a home office is a big undertaking; after all, you’re creating a space where you’ll spend eight to ten hours a day. With the ability to work remotely, today’s home offices are equipped with everything the traditional offices have, and some times, even more.
When building a custom home, designing an office that will meet your needs and offer flexibility is mission one. Here are a few ideas to help make designing your home office, a little easier.
Traditional Home Office by Other Metro Media and Bloggers CustomMade.com
If there is a possibility of your business expanding, preparing for it now with a larger home office space might be the way to go. A larger space will provide plenty of room for an additional employee or two and a meeting area for impromptu brainstorming sessions.
A larger space also offers the opportunity for a more conducive planning and working area. With a space large enough for a white board or working table, you can spread your designs out for a better view or build your proto-type without ever impacting your available desk space.
Traditional Home Office by Lake Oswego Interior Designers & Decorators Tina Barclay
For the home office that isn’t for the everyday use, design for long-term flexibility. A dual purpose home office space can be available for late nights when you need to finish a proposal and still be a place where your holiday guest will feel comfortable and welcome.
Additional shelving and a built-in desk can provide enough work space for the occasional home office use, without taking away from the overall space. Plus, it makes converting the room into a library or additional bedroom down the road easy.
Traditional Landscape by Norwich Architects & Designers Smith & Vansant Architects PC
One of the advantages of a home office is the flexibility of location. A home office built as a separate building provides an automatic separation of work and home life. Tucked away in small cluster of trees of as an upstairs addition to a double garage, a detached home office can blend in to your homes overall architectural and landscape design.
The flexibility of home office design allows you the creativity to create a space that gives you everything you need for work while still remaining ideal for your lifestyle now and in the future.
Download our planner to take the first step towards creating your perfect home office space.