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About Us

Award-Winning Des Moines Remodeling Contractor

What Makes Us Unique

Compelling Homes Remodeling and Design has proudly serviced the Des Moines area since 2009. We are located in Grimes and offer a full range of award-winning remodeling and design services, including kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and additions. We stand by our amazing team and proven process to ensure your project stays on time, on budget, and is enjoyable.

Compelling Homes is a full-service design and home remodeling company that can relieve the remodeling process's stress:

  • You are on a first-name basis with the team, which includes cell phone and email information for quick communication.
  • We have a designer on staff to help you make all color, texture, and lighting choices.
  • Your dedicated project manager will be in your home daily, ensuring a smooth project from start to finish.
  • Materials and workmanship are second to none.
  • We offer the best warranty in Des Moines, Iowa, which is a 3-year warranty.


Since 2009, we have proudly developed a reputation as a quality home remodeling company serving the Des Moines Metro area, which includes Polk and Dallas Counties, and these surrounding areas:

Our Service Area

  • Des Moines
  • Urbandale
  • West Des Moines
  • Johnston
  • Clive
  • Grimes
  • Adel
  • Waukee
  • Ankeny
  • Polk City
  • South of Grand



Phone interview to discuss wants & needs. In-home meeting after reviewing our online pricing guide. Discuss possible options and what can be done. Follow-up with free budget range email and scope of work.

We'll let you know what the design fees will cost before anything is measured - we want to keep education up, and expenses down! We'll collaborate with you on our concept to ensure it captures your wants and needs, and make changes to that concept before we estimate.
Enter into a construction agreement based on design, drawings, and scope of work. SHOPPING DAY! Our favorite day. We spend the day shopping with you and assisting you in selections for your dream space.



Rusty Green


As the founder of Compelling Homes, Rusty (who some of us just found out at the time of this writing is legally named 'Brian') has been in the home remodeling game for 31 years. A graduate of the Associated Builders and Contractors Trade School, Rusty's mission is to provide an environment for his team where they can thrive. He'd never tell you, but many years ago, Rusty graduated the #1 carpenter in the nation and has dedicated his time to creating a business from the experience he gained as a carpenter. 

Rusty is almost as passionate about his business legacy as he is about Formula 1 (we will accept no Petronas/Mercedez-Benz slander at this time). His favorite party trick is the fact that he can - blindfolded - distinguish the difference between ~100 cars spanning 60 years by the sound of their startup and idle. In case no one asks him to perform that trick, he spends his free time working around the farm, tree-trimming, and dreaming of racing a car, sitting on a Broadway stage, and leaving a business legacy.


Denise Smithson-Green

General Manager + Project coordinator

Denise (or "DeKnees" if you're reading this from Lakeland, FL, and went to high school with Denise) has over 18 years of experience in general management and grew up working with builders picking out finishes in her parent’s interior design store. Her favorite part of the job is seeing a finished project and their amazing transformations.

"Not really" a sports fan, Denise prefers to spend her free time golfing and brunching. We are convinced she has a body double, because we cannot figure out how she has time to do all of the things she does at Compelling Homes. Seriously; we're conducting a study.

Denise's soundtrack: "In Living Color" by Jamey Johnson – it reminds her of her “Pappy” (did we mention she is from the South?)




Amanda has been with us for a year, but has been working in design for 9 years. Nine; which is almost the same number of nicknames she has: Punky, Mandy Sue, and Lady. We'll stick to Amanda for now.

Dog mom to Ranger, Amanda loves working as our designer to make people's visions come to life and witness how much they enjoy their new space – all with little-to-no dog hair on her clothing.

In her free time, you can find Amanda flex her design muscles for pleasure in the form of photography, painting, drawing, crafting, spending time with her partner Derek, or watching all-things Iowa State (she's also pro-Chicago Bears), dreaming of being a florist, and covering her ears/exiting the room when 'cringe comedy' is present. We can't blame her.



Project Manager

Kent (or Kent Exotic – funny story) has been with Compelling Homes for 1 year and has another nickname that he threatened us never to call him. As a project manager, Kent's favorite part of his job is interacting with happy clients and always learning something new.

A true American Dream story, Kent quit his management job of 16 years to sweep floors and move his way up the construction chain; and we are so grateful to have him. For reference; we asked Kent where he'd be if he wasn't so good at his job, and he answered "handyman work somewhere that it's always warm" and we love that. Sadly for Kent, we live in Iowa.

An undiscovered talent (for now), Kent loves playing the guitar, cooking, family game and movie nights, and again - playing guitar. If you're looking for a new tune; Kent recommends 'Smile' by Lukas Nelson. It reminds him of his Dad and is someone cutting onions in here or is it just us?




Nick has been with our team for the last year but was a customer before he was an employee. We fear one day we may lose him to accomplish his true life dream of being a sundial operator. His words.

Nick's skill and dedication to Compelling Homes and their customers is unmatched; similar to how his passion for Eminem is unmatched, with "every song/CD" noted as his favorite song. Please be patient with us as we locate a CD player to see what the hype is all about.

When Nick isn't creating beautiful spaces and being an excellent carpenter, you can find him BBQing, taking his kids to the playground, and cheering on the Chiefs. 




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Remodeling Cost Guide

In the Des Moines Metro Area


This comprehensive cost guide breaks down common homeowner scenarios and provides suggestions, solutions, and average costs for homeowners, whether it's time for your dream remodel, your family is growing, and more.