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Our Process

Compelling Homes' Unique 5-Step Design-Build Approach

Providing a seamless experience from start to finish

Congratulations! You have officially begun your remodeling process, simply by finding this page.

So many of our past customers have told us that when they began, they didn't know whom to call or even what to search online for. We begin here – by seeing if Compelling Homes sounds or looks like a good fit for you, your family, and your home. The team over here has been doing this for a while, and most likely have an answer for all of your questions, no matter how far-fetched they may seem to you right now.

We will guide you through the entire remodeling process; helping you to select cabinets, tile, paint colors, etc., so that your home remodeling project has those special touches you've been dreaming about – without the stress.

Once you’re ready to move forward with your home project, you may be feeling excited, overwhelmed, or even nervous about the process ahead! Don’t worry, not only is that completely normal, but our steps below will help you define what you need and how we will get it done together.

Nobody likes surprises when you are investing in your home.

Our Design-Build Process


Research + Pre-Planning

  • Phone interview to discuss wants & needs. We call this The Showroom Tour. 
  • In-home meeting after determining if we're a good fit for each other.  We handle everything, so we're looking for people that want a complete white-glove experience. 
  • Discuss possible options and what can be done.
  • Follow-up with free budget range email and scope of work.

Design Agreement + Estimating

  • 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 measure your existing home and recreate the original plan, then provide a concept that covers what we discussed during the in-home meeting.
  • 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.
  • We'll produce color renderings, showcasing what your home could look like.
  • We'll bring our team into your home to understand the scope and provide firm estimates for your project.
  • We'll provide our professional estimate, detailing the scope of work, and an itemized list of allowances.

If this sounds daunting, it isn't! We'll take the time to explain every step along the way.


Shopping + Selections

  • 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.
  • This is cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, fixtures, paint, etc.
  • Input and approve all selections based on shopping.
  • Budget is finalized + construction can be scheduled.

Construction Begins

  • Permits & planning is 100% complete at this phase.
  • An onsite meeting is arranged to meet your remodel team in a pre-construction meeting.
  • Schedule is posted in our online construction software.
  • Meetings are scheduled and posted for the multiple phases of the project.

orientation to your home

  • Before we're done, the Project Manager ensures we're 100% done.  We don't rely on you, the home owner to find "things".  You've hired us to find them for you.
  • Move in! Enjoy your "new" home!
  • Compelling Homes offers a 3 year warranty for all aspects of your home that we were part of the construction.
  • A closeout manual is provided that includes warranty, all drawings, product information, selection information, and financials.


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
Blue Bathroom featuring Vertical Blue Backsplash Accent Walls and Freestanding Tub | Compelling Homes Remodeling + Design

What Our Clients Think

I cannot say enough good things about Compelling Homes. We are nearly complete with a 4th remodel job using this fine company and the service just keeps getting better. The owner (Rusty Green) will go to any length to keep his customers informed, satisfied and happy. He is a real pro at what he does! Even more, he is a man of the highest values and integrity.

Use this company for your next remodel - big or small. They will not disappoint.


Johnston, IA

Chad Kitchen | Compelling Homes

What Our Clients Think

The Compelling Homes team designed an amazing remodel for our entire first floor. The attention to detail created an awesome finished product that we absolutely love. We are not the creative types, but when the team came back with their ideas for the space we were blown away and now we have a more functional space that is worth every penny. We always recommend them to any of our friends thinking about starting a remodel project because we know the CH team will make sure that every detail is perfect. Other positives is that were open and honest with the cost and timeline so there were no surprises along the way and we felt fully informed about the entire process. Everyone on the team was excellent to work with and we would definitely use them again.


Johnston, IA

Stephanie Bathroom | Compelling Homes

What Our Clients Think

We love Rusty and the Compelling Homes team. We first worked with them to turn an unfinished basement into a family area, bar, workout room. We had some pretty complex requests but they turned our unfinished basement into a fabulous rustic hangout space. Rusty has great ideas and is has an eye for details. They just completed an addition over our garage and it turned out awesome inside and out. We can not wait to work with them again on a new master bath and kitchen. I would never go anywhere else. They deliver what they promise and more. They take time to get to know you and make sure your personality shows up in the final product. Love them!!


Altoona, IA

Ron Kitchen | Compelling Homes

What Our Clients Think

The Compelling Homes team is second to none. Many companies talk about customer service and looking at things from a customer's perspective, but few follow through — the entire team from the owner on down lives it. In addition, their ability to adapt and deliver is extraordinary. Add in the talented people they bring in to complete all aspects of the construction and remodel project, and we couldn’t be more happy with the results.


Urbandale, IA

Saffin Basement | Compelling Homes

What Our Clients Think

We are repeat clients. This is the second time, second house, where Compelling Homes has done remodeling for us. Rusty is a character, who knows his business and is passionate about every project he takes on. He and his team make remodeling fun and exciting, and the transformations are WOW!


Johnston, IA

Tamara First Floor | Compelling Homes

What Our Clients Think

Rusty and the entire Compelling Homes crew were amazing! Our kitchen is better than we ever imagined and we couldn’t be happier. We highly recommend Compelling Homes!


Johnston, IA

Boo Laundry Room | Compelling Homes

What Our Clients Think

Rusty and gang did a great job with our remodel! They were always very responsive and accommodating with last minute changes and adjustments. We love our new kitchen, family room, laundry room, stairway.....the list goes on!


Johnston, IA

Deb Kitchen | Compelling Homes

What Our Clients Think

So pleased with the kitchen, bath and fireplace remodel! Professional & punctual with a great team!!!


Johnston, IA

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.