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June 6, 2024
3 Critical Construction Methods We Use to Keep the “Dream” in Dream Home

A dream home should feel like a sanctuary. Discover the three essential construction methods we use to ensure that it is.

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April 21, 2024
Behind the Scenes: Inside Our 7-Step Pre-Build Process

Take a peek behind the scenes of our Dream Homes pre-build process!

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January 18, 2024
3 Stress-Relieving Ways 'Time Slot' Scheduling Transforms Dream Home Projects

We use the 'time slot' scheduling method to make sure your project is top priority.

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December 14, 2023
5 Sustainable Building Trends to Embrace This Winter

Introduction
Whether your instincts about winter tell you to stick around and get cozy or to fly to warmer climates–your house doesn’t have the option to move itself. It has to endure it. Today we’re talking about 5 cutting-edge building trends that can not only stand up to the harsh Iowa winters, but also ensure your home is an energy-saving haven of warmth, and comfort for years to come.

Smart Home Integrations
If you haven’t yet jumped on the “smart home” bandwagon, the time has come. Items like smart thermostats and energy-efficient appliances can dramatically cut costs while adding convenience to your life. Imagine driving home from a long trip on a -20 degree day. It’s going to be cold when you get in. Most smart thermostats have a corresponding phone app, though, so you can raise the temperature in your house before you even get home.

Green Insulation Materials
Though we obviously recommend smart home integrations–no integration is going to replace the effectiveness of proper insulation. Fiberglass is not your only option! Sheep's wool, recycled denim, and spray foam insulations are not only eco-friendly, but they also deliver on high thermal efficiency to keep the cold at bay.

Solar Power Advancements
Not long ago, the cost and inconvenience of solar panels didn’t really outweigh the benefits–especially not at the homeowner level. Solar power has come a long way in the past few years though! Not only is it becoming more accessible and powerful–the ability for contractors to integrate panels into your roofing system is making it more aesthetically pleasing as well.

High-Efficiency Windows
Even a smart thermostat isn’t going to be able to save you money when your house is leaking warmth out low-quality windows. If closing off the world with massive, heavy draperies isn’t your ideal way of dealing with winter–never fear. From triple-glazed to thermal bridging windows, new high-efficiency window technology can retain the warmth while letting in the light.

Investing in Your Home’s “Envelope”
A home’s “envelope” is everything that forms the barrier between you and the external elements, which is especially important in a place like Iowa which can swing nearly 100 degrees over the course of a full year. When we build at Dream Homes, we examine the siding materials, roof configurations, and foundational structures to make sure they are designed to work together. This helps reduce heat loss, withstand extreme weather, and minimizes maintenance.

Conclusion
Iowa winters can be harsh–but you and your home don’t have to suffer. By investing in winter-ready products and materials, you’ll be cozy (and save money) no matter the weather.

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November 30, 2023
5 Considerations When Hiring an Interior Designer for Your Dream Home

5 things to consider when hiring an Interior Designer for your Dream Home

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October 11, 2023
3 Key Considerations for Building Your Dream Home

Introduction Building a home is a significant life milestone, and it's essential to think beyond the present moment. To create a space that stands the test of time, consider your long-term needs, the building site's characteristics, and energy efficiency. Today we’re delving into these important elements to help you make informed decisions during the home-building […]

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September 15, 2023
3 Essential Construction Tips for Building Your Dream Home

Introduction Building your dream home is exciting, but it can also be a complex and challenging process. To ensure that your vision becomes a reality while staying within your budget, you need a well-thought-out plan and the right team. Today we'll explore three essential construction tips that will help you achieve your dream with ease […]

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January 10, 2023
Five Exterior Materials for Your Home

Choosing Exterior Materials for Your Home Choosing materials for the exterior of your home is a big decision! These material choices determine the curb-appeal of your home. There are so many options to choose from. We have narrowed it down to the five exterior materials we use most often and provided the pros and cons […]

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March 11, 2022
How Much Does it Cost to Build a House?

How much does it cost to build a house? The answer to this question is, it depends. It really does! There is no “one price fits all”. We could build two homes, with the exact same floor plan, but drastically different price tags. Why? Because, there are hundreds of material options, each ranging from basic […]

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March 11, 2022
Things to Consider Before You Invest in a Trendy Design

2020 is off to a start and with the new year come new interior design trends. If you are thinking about renovating due to a trend, consider a couple things: How long you plan on staying in your home The sum of the investment. Look, our homes are our sanctuaries. We want them to be […]

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