1492 NW 86th St, Clive, IA 50325

Mon-Sat: 8am - 7pm  Sun: 8am - 5pm

Big house remodel.

We’re An Award Winning Remodeling Company

Welcome to Zenith Design + Build

We’re An Iowa Based, Top-Rated Des Moines Home Remodeler

We are a home remodeling and custom home builder, providing homeowners with unique designs and quality craftsmanship.

New Kitchen.

Our owner, Nicholas Donlin, founded Zenith in 2018 with the vision of providing homeowners with the best home remodeling and building experience possible. We work toward this vision each day, keeping our customers, their needs, and their budgets in mind in all we do.

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New Kitchen with windows.

Our home improvement services

We provide an extensive range of services including interior and exterior remodeling and custom new homes in the Des Moines metropolitan area. From full kitchen remodels to exterior transformations and everything in between, Zenith does it all.

Additions

Additions

When you need more space, we’ve got you covered. From permits to inspections to construction, we streamline your project from start to finish.

Custom Homes

Custom Homes

Let us design + build the custom home of your dreams! We have plans to choose from, or we can design one to fit your needs.

Exteriors

Exteriors

The exterior of your home is the first thing people see! Let’s make your home stand out from the rest of the neighborhood.

Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen is the heart of your home — it’s where everyone gathers and where memories are made. We can make it even more special by giving you the kitchen space, function, and style you have always wanted.

Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling

Updating your bathroom elevates your mood! We can design + build the bathroom to fit your style and needs, and increase your quality of life.

Basement Finishing

Basement Finishing

If you’re wanting a guest room for mom or a movie room for the kids, we can build any space you’re dreaming of.

Our Work

Recent Iowa home remodeling projects

Mel + Myk | Des Moines Historic Whole Home TransformationMel + Myk | Des Moines Historic Whole Home Transformation

Mel + Myk | Des Moines Historic Whole Home Transformation

This 1919 home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Des Moines was completely transformed in a top to bottom whole home remodel!

Julia + Kelly | Beaverdale Primary Bathroom AdditionJulia + Kelly | Beaverdale Primary Bathroom Addition

Julia + Kelly | Beaverdale Primary Bathroom Addition

Adding a second bathroom to a home is a certified life changing decision. And this addition is the perfect example.

Steve + Robin | Waukee Basement RemodelSteve + Robin | Waukee Basement Remodel

Steve + Robin | Waukee Basement Remodel

This basement cigar room is the perfect place to relax and catch a baseball game. And now we want our own!

Zenith Design Consultant comes to your home to

With Our Free Consultation, We Come to Your Home And:

01

Discuss the full scope of your project to make sure we’ve got everything covered

02

Take photos and measurements so we can work up new floor plans

03

Discuss your problems and needs, and then some potential solutions

04

Provide an initial estimate and discuss the time frame for the next steps

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The process

Check Out How We Can Help You With Your Project

01.

Initial Consult

Meet with your Design Consultant to discuss the full scope of your project and your initial budget. In this meeting, your Design Consultant will get some initial measurements and a feel for your style.

02.

Initial Design + Mood Board

Once you’ve met with your Design Consultant, you’ll get an initial design with ideas for your space.

03.

Proposal Meeting

So you like the design Zenith provided. Now what? You’ll get a written proposal for your project to sign in order to move forward with the project.

04.

Design Selections

Once your proposal is signed and you’re ready to move forward with Zenith, the real fun starts! Your Design Consultant now chooses all of your selections for your project.

05.

Finalize Design

We wouldn’t put things in your house without your approval! You vote yay or nay to all of the selections we choose, and help select new items if needed.

06.

Approve Design

When all of the selections are made and all renderings are completed, you approve the design and we order everything for your project.

07.

Pre-Construction

In the pre-construction meeting, you meet your Project Manager and learn how to prep for construction.

08.

Construction

Arguable the most exciting part: construction! Your project is underway and soon you will have the home of your dreams.

the process

Why Our Clients Think That We Are Best Renovation Company in Des Moines, IA

Our customers are the main motivator behind everything we do here at Zenith Design + Build. With every remodeling project and custom home build, we respect your needs, goals, and desired timeline.

Customer Focused

Raving Fans: We wouldn’t be Zenith without our customers, and we do the work we do to make them happy. If they aren’t raving fans of us at the end of a project, we haven’t done our job properly.

Continuous Improvement

There is always more to learn, and we are always learning! From podcasts and books to even YouTube videos, we are always passing around anything that can help each other grow.

Radical Transparency

We don’t sugarcoat around here. We believe in being transparent about everything from our process to the pricing. You never have to question if you’re being told the whole story.

Empathy

The world of residential remodeling and custom home building has a lot of ups and downs for both the customer and the builder. We keep this in mind as we work through the design + build process, and we’ve always got our customers’ backs.

Extreme Ownership

Plain and simple, we own what we do. We take ownership of our individual roles and ownership of our larger projects. We’re proud of the work we do, and we own that too.

Positive Mindset

We’re all about keeping it positive and seeing the good in things! We’re a pretty fun bunch, and keeping it positive keeps us that way.

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Testimonials From Our Satisfied Customers

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Kitchen Remodel in West Des Moines, review.
Kitchen Remodel in West Des Moines, review.
Kitchen Remodel in West Des Moines, review.
Location:
West Des Moines
Service:
Kitchen Remodel

We met with Nicholas on recommendation from our designer. From first quote to completion of our project he was great to work. Our project was a full kitchen remodel and involved all of the main floor too. We were able to do everything on our wish list with our modest budget. We did ikea cabinets to keep costs down. The team even did the assembly for us which was much appreciated! The project started before Halloween and was largely done in time to host thanksgiving. We had many subcontractors who were great to work with. When issues came up Nicholas and his team was always there to solve them. We love the beautiful end result! It came out just the way we had hoped.

Barb Harrington

Bath and closet addition to Beaverdale home, review.
Bath and closet addition to Beaverdale home, review.
Bath and closet addition to Beaverdale home, review.
Location:
Des Moines
Service:
Addition

We had a bath and closet addition added to our Beaverdale home. We weren't sure how it would turn out since the age of most Beaverdale homes are very old. We met Kelly and started the conversation. Later met with Nicholas and then Julieta and the project started. All the crews on site were great to work with. Everyone was very responsive. The end result was far above expectations. Zenith did not cut any corners and did far above-average work. I was hesitant on some of the design features but once they fell into place was absolutely more than impressed. Zenith is a superior design and build company so if you are looking to have it done right make sure to contact them.

Julia Gray

Bathroom Remodel in West Des Moines, review.
Bathroom Remodel in West Des Moines, review.
Bathroom Remodel in West Des Moines, review.
Location:
West Des Moines
Service:
Bathroom Remodel

Exceptional design, well priced, worked clean, professional at every step. Went the extra mile for all things. On time work, high quality, attention to detail!

Pernilla Werninger

Cigar room, sports cave, basement bathroom remodel in Waukee, review.
Cigar room, sports cave, basement bathroom remodel in Waukee, review.
Cigar room, sports cave, basement bathroom remodel in Waukee, review.
Location:
Waukee
Service:
Basement Remodel

Zenith helped us design and build a cigar room/sports cave, as well as remodel our basement bathroom. They took our broad ideas and turned them into a great finished product. The whole team has been easy to work with and very responsive to our questions and concerns. We would definitely recommend them!

Robin Lasell

Basement Remodel in Waukee, review.
Basement Remodel in Waukee, review.
Basement Remodel in Waukee, review.
Location:
Waukee
Service:
Basement Remodel

I had started the process with another contractor but when the proposed costs began to rise past my allotted budget during the design phase I needed to look at other options. This project was too large for me to complete myself. I was referred to Zenith and I am so glad I called. Nicolas took our vision and made it happen in our budget. His team and/or subcontractors were respectful and professional throughout the whole process. Communication was excellent and with small children (and a pandemic) it was very comforting to know who and when people were coming and going. We love the new space more than we imagined, and it was UNDER budget. Without question, I will recommend Zenith Design + Build to anyone considering remodel or build.

Adam Nolan

Kitchen Remodel in Des Moines, review.
Kitchen Remodel in Des Moines, review.
Kitchen Remodel in Des Moines, review.
Location:
Des Moines
Service:
Kitchen Remodel

A great experience working with this team! We were all on the same page from start until finish. I am thrilled with the finished space and got exactly what I wanted. Professional, Design recommendations were spot on and love knowing everything up front. Very professional.

Debra Baldi

Kitchen Remodel in Des Moines, review.
Kitchen Remodel in Des Moines, review.
Kitchen Remodel in Des Moines, review.
Location:
Des Moines
Service:
Kitchen Remodel

A year ago I hired Zenith to do a total kitchen remodel. I am thrilled with the result. Nicholas was a pleasure to work with. He and his team designed a beautiful space and stayed within my budget as well as completing the project in the estimated time. Everyone who worked on the kitchen was professional and kept me well informed. My house is old and they were able to problem solve issues without compromising the design or cutting corners. I have received so many compliments on the new kitchen and I love it more a year later. I would highly recommend Zenith for any home project.

Tracy Hirst

Replaced roof and gutters in Ankeny, Iowa. Review.
Replaced roof and gutters in Ankeny, Iowa. Review.
Replaced roof and gutters in Ankeny, Iowa. Review.
Location:
Ankeny, Iowa
Service:
Exterior

Zenith Design + Build replaced our roof and gutters. They did an amazing job! The work was completed timely and the communication was excellent. They offered up great design advice on colors and materials that we would not have selected on our own. We highly recommend using Zenith for any project!

Sam Yoder

Kitchen remodeling for Patricia Casady.
Kitchen remodeling for Patricia Casady.
Kitchen remodeling for Patricia Casady.
Location:
Des Moines
Service:
Kitchen

Hi, all you future remodelers, homebuilders, and just curious people. We, that is my husband and I, just want to give Zenith a huge thanks. We were more than happy with the job they did. If you want a company that's professional, competent, and does quality work, this is the company you will want. I thought everyone who came through our door was exceptional. I promise you will be a happy customer.

Patricia Casady

Basement finishing for Steve Nolan.
Basement finishing for Steve Nolan.
Basement finishing for Steve Nolan.
Location:
Windsor Heights
Service:
Basement

Nick at Zenith did a great job of helping us understand the true cost of a complete basement remodel. We had open communication throughout the entire process and he was able to take our vision and create an unbelievable space for my family and me. The timelines were extremely accurate and the sub-contractor hired for various trades was respectful and very professional. I can't say enough great things about the experience we had and the quality of work was incredible.

Steve Nolan

Ankeny, Basement.
Ankeny, Basement.
Ankeny, Basement.
Location:
Ankeny
Service:
Basement

This is an overdue review, but it’s also important to understand the work pre and post-completion. Let’s start by saying we made the right choice to go with Zenith Design Build to finish our basement. From the planning process, the follow-up, and finally the finished project − their team is second to none. I was initially impressed with Nicholas’ professional demeanor. He is flexible, dependable, and easy to be candid with. Beyond that − his team’s communication was timely and accurate. Communication was the top criteria I was looking for when meeting with different builders because it was important for me to be in the loop and understand the progress. With a project like a basement remodel, unforeseen things will come up and the most significant thing was their ability to address and provide a solution immediately, which is not always easy with multiple people working on different pieces of the puzzle. On top of the basement remodel, we also had side projects that they were able to tackle as well. This simplified things for us and created a seamless process. Of value to any homeowner is the support beyond completion of the project. We reached out with a couple of things post-completion and Zenith responded and tackled our requests immediately, even though the issue was something outside of their contracted work! This unwavering commitment is what sets them apart. Without a doubt, I highly recommend Zenith Design Build for your building and remodeling needs.

Kathy Ong

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer financing for remodeling projects?

Yes! We are proud to offer financing options through GreenSky. Check out our financing page for more information about the options and how to apply.

How much does it cost to renovate a house in Des Moines?

The cost of renovating a home really depends on the scope of the project and the materials used. A whole house renovation with upscale finishings will cost much more than a basement renovation with simple finishings.

What is the difference between a general contractor and a home improvement contractor?

While a general contractor can help you get the job done, a home improvement contractor makes sure that the changes you are making to your home not only solve the problems at hand, but improve your day-to-day life. If you’re remodeling your home and it isn’t improving your life, what’s the point?

How long will it take to complete the job?

The length of the job depends on the scope of the project and other factors like weather and material availability. Here is the average length of time different projects take to complete:

  • Kitchen Remodel - 6-10 weeks
  • Master Bathroom Remodel - 6-10 weeks
  • Main Floor Transformation - 8-12 weeks
  • Hall Bathroom Remodel - 3-6 weeks
  • Basement Remodel/Finish - 6-10 weeks
  • Four-Season Addition - 6-10 weeks
  • Two-Level Addition - 10-16 weeks
  • Tiny House - 10-16 weeks
  • New Custom Home - 4-8 months
  • Full House Remodel - 3-8 months

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