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Des Moines Builder Shares a Step-by-Step Guide to Selecting a Floor Plan

Posted on 12/06/2012 at 9:55 AM

Aside from location, selecting the floor plan is one of the most critical choices of a luxury custom home build. The layout forms the foundation of the overall feel and flow of the house. Knowing how important the selection can be, we won’t make it you go it alone! We’ve created a guide to walk you through the process of selecting the perfect floor plan for your new luxury Iowa custom home.

Life-Style Consideration

The first factor to think about is your life-style; take time to really think about your daily routine, the way you entertain, age of your children and if you have pets. Understanding how you and your family work really will drive the options that are going to best suit your life-style needs.

Are you an on the go kind of person who doesn’t spend much time at home? Then you’ll probably need a single story floor plan to make it easy to get in and out in a flash. Do you love to entertain? Then the floor plan you might want to start with will have an oversized kitchen, formal dining room and an outdoor entertaining area so you’ll be set for every party occasion.

Understand Your Wants and Needs

Along with your life-style, now is the time to analyze and prioritize your wants and needs in a luxury custom home. You might want that four car garage, but you need the extra storage or the guest room addition more.

Prioritize your list of wants and needs in order to help you define the features you just can’t live without in your new Iowa custom home.

Elements of Woman Centric Design

When selecting the perfect floor plan for your Iowa new home keep the Woman Centric Design elements of flexibility, de-stressing, storage and entertaining in mind. Houses centered on these elements create homes of exquisite design, understated elegance and optimal functionality.

A floor plan centered on Woman Centric Design will offer flexibility so that today’s children’s bedroom can easily transform into tomorrow’s study, giving you plenty of wiggle room as your life-style needs change over the years. Floor plans deeply rooted in Woman Centric Design will also offer the perfect solutions for de-stressing, like a lavish spa bathroom or a library with bookshelves that just don’t appear to have limits.

Take Inventory

How many times have you walked through a new home and imagined what your furniture will look like in the space? When selecting a floor plan for a new luxury custom home, you’ll want to give yourself the opportunity to let your mind daydream here too!

Take an inventory of your furniture, especially those larger pieces like your over-sized legal desk or that charming wine storage bar you got for a steal when you were antiquing last spring. Make sure your overall floor plan allows for plenty of room for all your furniture and favorite treasures.

Start Planning Today!

The final key to selecting the perfect floor plan is to meet with a builder early in the process. Taking time to work with a builder from the very beginning will help save time and money later down the road.

Now that you know the basics, it’s time to get started! Download our online planner and start the process of creating your new luxury Iowa custom home today.

Iowa New Homes: How to Create a Custom Home Budget

Posted on 12/04/2012 at 9:59 AM

Looking for a way to maximize your budget when creating a new custom luxury home in Iowa?

Whether you’re looking to build a large two-story or a smaller ranch style, creating a budget focused on your prioritized needs and wants means you’ll be able to buy more home for your money and get more of the features that will make your new Des Moines home feel luxurious and personalized.

We have a few tips that will help you create a budget that will make it easier for you to not only get the features you need, but many of the extras you really want.

Communication is Key

One of the best ways to help save money is to meet early in the process with your Des Moines home builder. Your home builder will be able help you throughout the process, but will be able to have the most impact on your budget if you connect with them early on in the process.

Partnering with your home builder early on has several benefits. Along with being able to assist you in prioritizing your wants and needs, a builder will often be able to save you thousands on selecting land, particularly if you are looking for rural land. This early communication also creates the groundwork for a long-lasting relationship where you will feel comfortable enough to ask your builder anything about your custom build and to help you keeps tabs of your expenses throughout the entire process.

Come to Table with Ideas

Before your first meeting with your new Des Moines home builder, do a little research on where you would like to live and also, what features you would most like to have in your new Iowa home.

Do you have children at home? Then create a dream game room with plenty of room for a flat screen to show the latest movies and ample space to spread out in when they get a hot Wii Dance Party match going on. No doubt those kids will be clamoring for snacks, so make sure you amp up the wattage in your kitchen design as well and go for a full gourmet kitchen with everything you’ll need to make top notch snack foods to keep the game players properly stocked.

Design ideas are also important to research before your first consultation with your new home builder. Explore online photo galleries to get ideas for the perfect kitchen or that must have walk-in closet of your dreams and bring photos for your builder to see. This is a great way to ensure you and your builder are on the same page during the design process and will help your builder when allocating for the purchasing land and materials in your budget.

Make Your Dream Home a Reality

Now that you understand the basics for creating a successful custom home budget, time to get inspired and start designing the custom home of your dreams! Visit our online gallery for inspiring design ideas and use our online planning tools to begin creating your new luxury Iowa custom home!

8 Ways to Save When Planning an Iowa Custom Home Kitchen

Posted on 11/29/2012 at 10:02 AM

When planning your new Iowa custom home, discovering ways to create the kitchen of your dreams without blowing your budget can be a tricky. Luckily we’ve worked with many of new luxury home owners and guided them through this very process!

Now we’d like to share some of our favorite kitchen design savings solutions that we’ve uncovered over the years. We’re sure these designs will help you get the kitchen of your dreams while still staying within your budget.

  1. A great trick for creating an elegant backsplash design is to combine tiles. When you combine standard tiles with more expensive tiles, used solely for accents, you will be able to create beautiful designs while saving on expense.
  2. If you’re looking for an alternative to granite without a costly impact to your overall budget, here’s a great tip! You can save money by using alternatives such as concrete, soapstone or quartz. To save even more, use tiles instead of solid slabs. This option will still provide the same rich look, just at a lower price that will give your budget the wiggle room you need for extra amenities like double-ovens or deep basin sinks.
  3. A great solution for aspiring home chefs wanting that “commercial kitchen look” without the commercial kitchen cost is to incorporate a free-standing range with a stainless-steel hood instead of the traditional microwave and fan combination.
  4. Light is a huge design trend for 2013 and something that can be incorporated into any kitchen, regardless of your budget. Use lighter colors of paint on the walls and flooring and add single, large windows instead of multiple smaller ones. This color and window combination will not only lighten up the feel of your kitchen, but it will also make it look larger.
  5. Iowa custom homes need to incorporate elements for our seasonal weather changes. A great solution to help out in the winter months is to add a double-sided fireplace to your new luxury home design. Not only will this option provide instant charm and warmth to two rooms, when it comes to budgeting, you’ll only be paying for one fireplace chimney instead of two.
  6. Adding a walk-in, custom pantry is a great way to save on cabinetry costs and to optimize your kitchen storage space.

Guidance from Des Moines Builders

The biggest cost savings tip we can offer is to work closely with your builder. At Castle Pointe Homes, we’ll work with you to prioritize your needs and wants and create a luxury custom kitchen that not only meets your lifestyle needs, but that also exceeds your dream wants.

Take the first step towards creating your luxury custom home and contact us today for an initial consultation.

Popular Iowa Custom Home Design Trends for 2013

Posted on 11/27/2012 at 10:12 AM

If you’re ready to take your first step towards making 2013 the year you build your new Iowa custom home, then it’s time for us to take a look at home design trends for the upcoming year.

Here are some popular design trends for the upcoming year:

  1. The crisp clean lines of the art deco style from the 1920s and 1930s will be making a comeback. When choosing this design trend, select colors from the traditional art deco color palette like dove gray, soft lilac and cool greens set against black and refined metals like brushed steel, nickel or bronze.
  2. If color is your thing, then 2013 is definitely your year as bright citrus oranges, hot lime-greens and tropical turquoise take center stage! Proudly show your flare for bright colors in kitchens and baths by incorporating them into wall colors, tile back splashes and eclectic accessories.
  3. The compact pocket office will be making resurgence this year as more and more people moves towards working from home. These cozy little spaces provide quiet places for telecommuters and allow for flexibility in design should you ever opt turn the space into a library, sitting area or craft room.
  4. Walk-in pantries will be the new “it” accessory to luxury kitchens in 2013. Creating large spaces with customized shelving and storage areas accented with glass or elegantly decorated wood doors are not only functional, but make beautiful accents to any kitchen décor.
  5. Square is out and triangle is in! 2013 will see the use of triangles in living rooms, master bedrooms and game rooms. These triangle accents on walls and ceilings provide form and flare to these otherwise flat, overly large open spaces.
  6. Adding light will be a huge element of design for 2013. Light can be incorporated into rooms through the use of color or by adding additional windows to larger rooms like living rooms, master bedrooms or kitchens.
  7. Don’t call it a comeback, but green is back! Green is becoming the new go to neutral color for kitchen designs. We’re not talking about the avocado greens from your childhood. Today’s greens are vibrant and add a sense of warmth to the kitchen when paired against modern steel appliances or dark wood cabinets.
  8. As the popularity of the foodie continues to grow, so will the trend in design for large kitchens fully equipped with all the cooking accessories and appliances home chefs crave! Kitchens with lots of counter space, double ovens and work stations with a deep, extra sink are staples for today’s aspiring home chefs.

Design Your New Iowa Custom Home

Now that you know the trends, it’s time to get inspired and start designing the custom home of your dreams! Visit our online gallery for inspiring design ideas and use our online planning tools to begin creating your new luxury Iowa custom home!

Castle Pointe Homes Offers Holiday Thanks

Posted on 11/21/2012 at 10:14 AM

This Thursday marks the official kick-off of the holiday season. As we’re sure will be the case with many of you as well, Castle Pointe Homes will be closed Thursday and Friday in order to allow our staff time to celebrate and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their friends and families.

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on your new Iowa custom home after the holiday.

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