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I grew up in rural Polk County, youngest in a family of five children, but took the persona of the middle child. I attended Carlisle Community Schools and later graduated from Central College, with a degree in History and emphasis in Art History. While attending college, I participated in basketball and balanced work at a local commericial and residential home builder. After graduating, I worked at Living History Farms following my degree in history and then began full time in the construction business as a trim carpenter. I married my wife Junifer in 1996 and now have 2 incredible boys, Truman and Keaton. I continued to work full time with the same construction contractor where I worked managing residential and commercial building projects and directing a large-scale carpentry crew until April 2007.

I enjoy spending time with my family, running as part of team “Grand Homes”, playing the piano, cooking & playing basketball. My accomplishments include:

  • Trimming homes for Home Shows
  • Work featured in Meredith publications
  • Work featured in Des Moines’ Home Style and The Des Moines Register
  • Active member of the Remodelor’s Council of Greater Des Moines

Grand Homes did a great job on our project. It was completed professionally, on budget, and on time. They listened to what we wanted and worked with us as a partner to achieve our goals. We were very satisfied with the end result. I would highly recommend Grand Homes for any type of home renovation project or new construction.
— Mike & Jeanne Schoonover, Clients