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How to Plan Your New Iowa Luxury Custom Home

Posted on 07/02/2013 at 9:53 AM

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.

Step One: Lifestyle Survey

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.

Step Two: Create a Design Idea Book

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.

Step Three: Choose a Floor Plan

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.

Step Four: Meet Your Builder

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.

4 Surprising Housing Market Trends for 2013

Posted on 06/20/2013 at 9:58 AM

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.

Four New Trends in Custom Home Building

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.

  1. Mortgage rates are beginning to increase, leaving behind the record all-time lows of the past two years. Iowa home builders are recommending that buyers begin the custom home build process now in order to have an opportunity to take advantage of lower mortgage rates before they return to their normal, higher average.
  2. Looking for the perfect location? According to the recent study so are many other home buyers. This increase in acquiring property is causing the prices of those “A” locations to increase.
  3. More buyers are paying cash for their new custom built homes. This new trend is occurring, in part, to the fact that housing prices are beginning to return to normal. Buyers have also stayed out of the market for many years, giving them more cash on hand for real estate purchases.
  4. In one of the more surprising trends, the predicted “downsizing” of houses is actually making a turn the other direction. Iowa home builders, and builders across the nation, are reporting an increase in large luxury home building.

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.

25 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Des Moines

Posted on 06/19/2013 at 10:08 AM

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:

  1. Enjoy some of the best visual artists in the country June 28-30 at the Des Moines Arts Festival
  2. Take part in a more caliente experience full of food, music and dance at the Latino Heritage Festival September 7-8
  3. Take part in the fastest and largest marathon in the state October 20 at the IMT Des Moines Marathon
  4. Find fresh produce each month from local gardeners and farmers at the West Des Moines Farmers’ Market
  5. Every Monday evening, take a relaxing ride with the Monday Night Rides on the Summerset Trail
  6. Bluegrass Tuesday is a free, family-friendly music series located on the Indianola Square
  7. Celebrate America at the Independence Day Street Celebration, or
  8. Take in the fireworks celebration at the Independence Day Fireworks celebration at Reiman Gardens
  9. Want a mini-vacation?  Then spend the weekend at the Butler House on Grand for the perfect local vacation
  10. Have a romantic evening on the Jon Anderson White Riverboat on their Friday and Saturday evening Cocktail Cruises
  11. Take in the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys at the Des Moines Civic Center
  12. Grab the kids and hit the National Balloon Classic, recurring daily from July 26-August 3
  13. Spread out a blanket and enjoy dinner outside while enjoy Breakfast at Tiffany’s as part of the Summer on the Hill series on August 1
  14. Give your daughter an unforgettable evening at the Taylor Swift concert August 1 at the Wells Fargo Arena at the Iowa Events Center
  15. Shake your tail feathers every Thursday evening at Gray’s Lake, Dancing at the Lake
  16. Spend an afternoon strolling through the boutiques in the Historic East Village
  17. Find the culinary experience that fits your tastes at one of the Top 100 Des Moines Restaurants
  18. Take in the symphonic sounds of the Des Moines Symphony at the 20th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on July 3
  19. Bid summer farewell and enjoy a day at the Iowa State Fair with your family
  20. Spend an afternoon relaxing at the park or jogging on the over 550 trails of the Des Moines Parks and Trails
  21. See the floral beauty and smell the sweet aromas at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens
  22. Taste some of the best wine and beer Iowa has to offer at any of the Greater Des Moines Breweries and Wineries
  23. Take in the great outdoors at Elk Rock State Park, just 38 miles south of Des Moines
  24. Hit the links at any of the Des Moines golf courses and country clubs
  25. Become inspired by the art and sculpture garden at the Des Moines Art Center

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.

Best Father’s Day Gift: Turn Honey Do List into a Honey Done List

Posted on 06/13/2013 at 10:17 AM

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.

Luxury Kitchen

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.

Outdoor Living

Contemporary Patio

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.

Home Wine Cellar

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.

Ultimate Walk-in Closet

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.

Building a Custom Home: Designing a Home Office

Posted on 06/11/2013 at 10:24 AM

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.

Large Home Office Design

Traditional Home Office by Other Metro Media and Bloggers

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.

Design Flexibility

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.

Separate Home Office

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.

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