Dedicated to Building Dreams - CRDR Homes

Article by Jane Claspy Nesmith
Photography by Jeff Schmatt rubicon-photo.com

When Katie Luehrsmann and her husband Ryan decided to build a home, they had some pretty good ideas about what they wanted.

“We wanted an open floor plan that would make it easy to entertain,” says Katie. “And we wanted it big enough for our family, but we still wanted to be able to afford some upgrades.”

The Luehrsmann family found a builder who could help them achieve their dream home: CRDR Homes. With knowledge and experience in building custom homes, Dustin De Heus of CRDR Homes and his team of dedicated professionals were able to work with the Luehrsmann family to create a home that showcases exceptional craftsmanship and fits the family’s needs.

Located in a new neighborhood near Hunter’s Ridge golf course, this home has an inviting and attractive exterior with low-maintenance shake and stone and carriage-style garage doors. The welcoming front door leads into the entryway, where the open floor plan is evident—natural light streams in from windows at the front and back of the home and brings out the warm hues of the durable bamboo floors.

The home’s great room, a few steps beyond the entryway, is a great place for family and friends to gather—just what the family wanted. The stone fireplace is flanked by white painted custom built-ins. The Luehrsmann family wanted a clean, neat look, so these cabinets were made with doors on them to keep belongings tidy.

Just beyond the great room is the home’s kitchen, where the family spends a lot of time. A granite-topped island offers two levels for eating, and custom cabinets, stained a warm honey-brown provide plenty of space to keep things neat. A tile backsplash behind the range adds a custom touch, and the walk-in corner pantry means that ingredients and small appliances are within reach. There’s a breakfast nook that looks out over the spacious backyard, and sliding doors lead from there to a raised deck.

The Luehrsmann family knew they wanted a formal dining room for family gatherings at the holidays. De Heus designed one that they love. At the front of the house, it’s set off by a tray ceiling and a knee-wall on one side. “I wasn’t sure about the idea,” says Katie. “But once I saw it, I loved it.”

Another design element that the family loves is the split bedroom design. On one side of the great room area is the master suite. The large bedroom has big windows that overlook the deck and a large master bath. With travertine tile on the floor, a jetted tub, and an oversized walk-in tiled shower, this master bath exudes a spa-like feel. The master suite’s walk-in closet has a special feature not seen too often—a pass-through for a clothes hamper. With the laundry room just steps away, this special touch makes laundry day a little bit easier.

The two bedrooms on the other side of the main floor share a Jack and Jill bathroom. Outside these bedrooms is a special study nook. It features a built-in desk with space for a computer and drawers to keep office supplies. Now used for bill-paying, it’ll be a handy place for homework when the children get older.

Although there’s plenty of space on this floor of the home, the lower level offers more room for relaxing and entertaining. A great place for a family gathering, the open area at the bottom of the stairs has plush carpeting, a big TV, and sliding doors that lead out to an oversized patio. A walk-up bar along one wall has all the comforts of a kitchen—small fridge, microwave and cabinets.

Also on this floor are two finished rooms, currently being used as an exercise room and an office. They could each be bedrooms. A full bath stands between them. At the back of the lower level are some unfinished spaces that the Luehrsmann family uses as toy rooms and play areas—they could also be finished at some future time.


All the work that goes into planning and building a home like this can be stressful, but CRDR Homes is known for making the process as smooth as possible. CRDR’s team can take care of those details and provide peace of mind to families who want to create their dream home. “It’s all about communication,” says De Heus. “We want to help you build a home that fits you and your lifestyle.”

Building Team:

Iowa Stone Supply
1530 Stamy Rd, Hiawatha
319.366.3929
brad@iowastonesupply.com
www.iowastonesupply.com

A-Tech/Beam Team
Security - Home Theatre
Central Vacuum - Home Organization
5741 C Street SW Suite A, CR
319.848.7171
Coralville - 319.339.0004
www.atechbt.com

Glass Concepts
Cutting Edge in Glass Interior Design
New Construction, Remodel,
Custom Shower Enclosures,
Shower Doors, Decorative Glass, Mirrors, Shelving
1860 McCloud Pl NE, CR
319.366.3552
www.crglassconcepts.com


Landscape by Design, Inc.
Creating unique landscapes that can be enjoyed for years to come.
319.849.2242
www.landscapebydesigncr.com

ABC Supply Co Inc
Americas Largest Wholesale Distributor
Of Roofing, Siding, & Windows
325 Waconia Court Southwest, Cedar Rapids
319.364.5037
www.abcsupply.com

OGDEN & ADAMS LUMBER Visit our new showroom!!
Doors-Windows-Cabinets-Countertops-Siding-Lumber-Moldings
144 32nd St Dr SE, Cedar Rapids
(off 1st Ave behind the Irish Democrat)
319.363.8125
www.ogdenadams.com


Comfort Solutions
Eastern Iowa’s Heating & Cooling Specialists
604 1st Ave, Springville 319.854.6945
www.comfortsolutionsia.com

Williams Hardwood Flooring
Install, Sand, & Finish
All Types of Wood Flooring
319.533.9663, Marion, IA
williamshardwood@aol.com

MD Concrete Company
Rock and Concrete Placement
120 Dry Creek Ct, Palo
319.851.6666 – 319.533.7440

Tri County Seamless Gutter
Custom Colors .032 Gauge, 5” & 6” Gutters/Repairs Cleaning & Screens,
Residential & Commercial
www.tricounty-iowa.com
827 Shaver Rd. NE CR, IA 52402
319.364.2220


Adams Tile & Stone
Offering a Unique Selection & Quality Workmanship
Come visit our showroom for your next project
1198 Grand Ave
Marion, IA 52302
319.377.0231
www.adamstileandstone.com


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