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2018 DSM Home Show Trends

If you missed this year’s Des Moines Home Show, don’t fear! We want to share our insight about the latest trends, fads, and fan favorites from the event. We toured each of the six custom-built homes presented at this year’s show and saw things we expected, loved, and were pleasantly surprised by. Here’s a recap of our top three favorites.

DJR Construction

Not quite the typical modern farmhouse you might expect! The main living area featured large exposed beams that opened to reveal clerestory windows with additional volume. Unique in comparison to the typical vaulted ceiling approach, this feature won us over, adding that “above and beyond” customized touch you won’t see anywhere else. Downstairs, we got our first glimpse of the under-stair usage trend. The bookshelf turned into a super-secret door leading into a fun “kids fort”. The basement had its own bar equipped with a TV and a large kitchenette with a pool table close by for more entertainment. KC Gerlitz, Principal in our Des Moines office, said, “Bar islands are much more in style than the outdated 70’s ‘Man Bar’. You can gather in a more open and casual setting – additionally, this design is considerably more family-centric with less emphasis on a bar feel.”

Platinum Development Company

Walking up to this home, we already knew it was going to be different. The use of vertical and horizontal features and plenty of glass achieved a very contemporary look. The front door was located on the right side of the home; we were skeptical about how this would affect the flow, but we were pleasantly surprised to see how it worked in the space. A large feature wall stood out in the foyer and led into the main living area with high ceilings and an oversized kitchen island. In the master bath, we didn’t only find a bathtub and a toilet, but a TV and fireplace, making it a true retreat. Upstairs also made use of niche spaces, like a built-in reading nook, which worked perfectly in the small space. The lighting shocked us with two words: rope lighting?! And it didn’t look like a teenager’s room! It sat nestled into the drywall and looked and felt cohesive. Perhaps one of the best features in the home was the angled wood column located in the backyard that looked cohesive to the contemporary, angular style throughout the home. 

K&V Homes

This family-friendly home had a setback, j-swing garage, and the home filled with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. A successful use of contrast between the dark hardwood floors and light colors made the main living space stand out. This home also had the largest kitchen of all six and followed the trend we’ve been seeing – and taking part in – by connecting a dining table to the island for more casual dining space. The outdoor entertainment areas were carefully planned and successfully executed. This home won the Best in Show award, along with Best Kitchen, Master Suite, Livability and Craftsmanship.