Six years ago my wife Mary and I made the decision to begin the process of either finding an existing home or consider building one that would meet our future requirements and that of our family. After one year and countless visits to surrounding area homes we came to the conclusion that the only way we were going to meet those requirements was to build our own home.
Mary and I spent the next two years designing the home and interviewing potential contractors. Two years seems like a long time since all one really has to do is find a ‘cookie cutter’ design or completely leave it up to the home designer to fill in the blanks after some initial inquiring questions. However, this home was and needed to be special; it was going to be completely handicapped and wheelchair accessible not only on the first floor, but also to the walk out basement.
The interview with five different home contractors was interesting. The summary conclusion of the first four was our project either to much for them to handle, they did not build with ICF, or the price was prohibitive. Enter the fifth contractor and his wife, Dan and Shari Bush. We met the bush team at the Des Moines Home Show. Twice. Two years apart. Following multiple informal and formal get togethers at our home and countless meetings with the home designer, Dan concluded that our project was doable.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 Mary operated the tractor that moved the first load of dirt on our building site. Friday, July 29th, 2016 we moved in. Pictures are worth a thousand words. See ours and decide for yourself. We believe no one else could accomplish this task but Dan Bush and his team. We are grateful for his time, talent and patience. More than once he had to calm us with his reassuring words, "we will get there;" and we did!
With gratitude and joy.
— Dante and Mary Toriello