10 Online Resources and Tools for Planning Your Iowa New Home


10 Online Resources and Tools for Planning Your Iowa New Home


You’ve been thinking about it for a while now, and finally, the time has come for you to take the first step towards your dream home. Before your initial consultation with your Des Moines home builder, why not pull some of your ideas together into your own idea book?

Having your own idea book chopped full of materials, designs and creative solutions that will make your dream house uniquely your own will help foster the communication between you and your builder and give him the perfect picture of your design desires.

To help you get started in the process of creating your idea book, we’ve pulled together 10 great online resources you can use to plan your luxury Iowa new home.

Building a Custom Home: Locate the Perfect Space

Begin your planning process by narrowing down your ideal locations and floor plans. Sites like Zillow.com will be able to help identify your ideal location based on lot price, daily commute time and neighbor activity reports.

Once you have an idea of where you’d like to build, then it’s time to try your hand at designing your ideal floor plan. Simply enter the dimensions of your target lot, select the number bedrooms and baths and choose the number of levels you prefer and you’ll have a floor plan concept you can use to get the process started.

Building a Custom Home: Create an Idea Book

An idea book is a fabulous way to capture your wants and must have design concepts. There’s no need to create a formal book, just capture screen prints, URLs or clippings for design ideas that reflect the components of your ideal luxury custom home.

Here are a few of our favorite online resources we’re sure will spark your creative juices and generate ideas galore for your Iowa new home:

  • With thousands of ideas and the ability to search by room or design style, Houzz.com is an amazing resource for finding the perfect design solutions for your new custom home. You can also create your own online gallery to save your must have ideas!
  • If you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, comb the boards of Pinterest for unique and creative design solutions. You can even create your own boards by category and share them with friends.
  • With weekly shows, online videos and a photo gallery full of ideas from some of your favorite designers, HGTV is a wonderful resource for finding those “must have” features.
  • When you’re ready to see what that Mexican tile might look like against those supreme wood cabinets you saw on HGTV, it’s time to check out Design My Room. This free site lets you interchange flooring, cabinets and fixtures to find the combination that is exactly what you’re looking for.
  • And what idea book would be complete without an outdoor section? When you’re ready to layout your perfect outdoor escape, visit this great online Garden Planner. You’ll be able to create your ideal oasis; the perfect accompaniment for your new luxury home.

Building a Custom Home: Utilize Our Online Tools

With your space, location and idea book ready to go, it’s time to begin working with your new Des Moines home builder. Before your initial consultation, utilize our suite of online tools to help prepare:

  • With the Castle Pointe Homes mortgage calculator you’ll be able to create a reasonable budget that will allow for incorporating all those great ideas from your idea book and that perfect lot of land you found.
  • The Castle Pointe Homes online video gallery has tons of great information on recent builds, client testimonials and home builder educational information.
  • After reviewing the steps of the Castle Pointe Homes build process, you’ll have an expert understanding of the various phases of the build process and what to expect along the way.

Design Your Iowa Custom Home

Taking time to create an idea book and doing research on locations before you begin your home build process will not only make the initial consultation run smoother, but it will also provide your home builder with everything needed to create a design that most accurately reflects your wants and needs.

When you’re ready to begin the process, contact us for an initial consultation and take the first step towards creating the Iowa luxury home of your dreams.

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