I Built My First Home When I Was 14… & Have Had An Unwavering Passion For Home Improvement Ever Since.
How A Teenage Tomboy Grew Up & Transformed The Outdated, High-Pressure, Low-Quality Window-Buying Experience For Iowa Homeowners.
By Alix Wenninger, Owner:
When I was 14 years old, my dad stuck a hammer in my hand and said, “Alix, you’re going to help me build our family’s home.”
My dad wasn’t a contractor. He didn’t own his own home improvement company. And he wasn’t even much of a handyman for most of his life.
He was a high school principal who simply wanted to save money on construction costs. So he taught himself home improvement by consuming all the “how-to” books, asking the advice of professionals, and studying the experts.
And after he learned all he could and was ready to build our family’s house in our humble hometown of Slayton, Minnesota (population: 2,100), he “hired” me as his second-in-command.
Picture that. A girl in her freshman year of high school—not even old enough to drive—helping build a 2,000 square-foot home for her family.
My friends’ biggest worries were test scores, dates to the dance, and if they’d make the volleyball team. I had to deal with that AND installing insulation, hanging drywall, drilling holes for electrical wiring, and—you know—literally building a roof over my family’s head.
Talk about pressure.
On top of this, my dad was a perfectionist through and through. Anything that was only 99.9% right had to be fixed until it was 100% correct. No exceptions.
This may seem like a LOT for a 14-year-old to handle. But you know what? It turns out, I was REALLY good at home improvement… and I absolutely loved every second of it.
So much so that when my family moved to New Ulm, Minnesota years later, I helped my dad build that home.
So much so that when I got tired of sharing a room with my sister when I’d come home from college (no offense, sis!), I decided to remodel our basement and turn it into my bedroom.
So much so that in 2016 I started Zen Windows Des Moines: the only replacement window company in Iowa that provides you a 100% sales-free, pressure-free, hassle-free experience when buying superior replacement windows.
Because, let’s face it: Getting new windows should NOT be as stressful as it is.
High pressure. Pricing games. A confusingly large number of products to choose from with zero help choosing. In-home appointments that stretch three hours… and sometimes longer.
If I were shopping for new windows, I wouldn’t want to deal with that. As a working mom with two young kids, I just don’t have the time or patience.
I’ve got a business to run. Mouths to feed. Diapers to change.
I know you’re busy, too. You have 763 things going on in your life. Getting new windows should NOT be one more thing to worry about. It should be a relaxed, pleasant experience.
And when you choose Zen Windows Des Moines, it will be.
When you fill out our Get A Quote page, I’ll have a phone call with you to assess your needs. Once you and I choose the best windows for your situation, I price out your project after the call and contact you with a firm, accurate quote in less than a day. Then I step back and let YOU decide when you want to proceed. No pressure, sales pitches, or in-home appointments.
Yes, it’s that easy.
Because if I’ve learned anything from helping my dad and growing up in small community-oriented towns (where people still say “hi” as they pass by and hold the door open for one another) it’s to do things the right way.
And that includes treating people right.