Find a Lot to Build Destiny Homes

By Scott Van ZeeMay 23, 2019Blog

Destiny Homes builds ranch style, one-and-a-half and two-story homes in the greater Des Moines area. Specializing in customization, Destiny’s builders are skilled at helping customers personalize their floor plans according to the buyer’s unique tastes–perfecting those small details that make a house feel like home.

Learn more about why we like working with this builder and how to find the perfect lot for your Destiny Home in this article.  

Why We Work with Destiny Homes

If you’re looking to build a beautiful home at an affordable price, Destiny Homes is an excellent choice of builder in central Iowa. Whether your style is modern, contemporary, or somewhere in between, Destiny’s experienced team of designers will work with you to bring the vision you have for your new home to life. Flexibility is their forte, with all floor plans being fully customizable in terms of structure and interior features.

If it’s important to you to incorporate the latest technology and trends into your build, check out Destiny’s ‘Innovation’ line. This collection of floor plans offers upgraded features, high-quality finishes and modern layouts geared toward the homeowner who likes to be on the cutting edge of style and design.

For the budget-conscious homeowner, the ‘NuEra’ collection offers classic style and simplicity at an affordable price point. Another Destiny Homes line, the S.M.A.R.T. series, features ready-to-buy homes in high-demand communities, perfect for the buyer who’s working with a tight timeline.

One of Destiny’s biggest strengths is its attentiveness to your individual preferences. Before you begin your build, you’ll have a one-on-one consultation with a designer that will last approximately two-and-a-half hours. During this important meeting, your consultant will walk you through your chosen blueprint room by room, pointing out important architectural features and opportunities for customization.

Next, you’ll select interior finishes like countertops, cabinets and flooring to complement the home’s structure. Finally, after a thorough review of your blueprint by the building team, you’ll have an opportunity to make final changes before construction gets underway.

What to Look for in a Good Lot for Your Destiny Home

Below, you’ll find a few key factors to consider when looking for the perfect lot for your Destiny Home.

How to Find a Lot

It’s a good idea to go into your lot search with some knowledge of what your home’s floor plan will look like.

Though it’s not necessary to have settled on a final floor plan (in fact, choosing your lot and floor plan often happen simultaneously), having at least a general notion of what you’re looking for will help narrow down your lot options. You can tour any of Destiny Homes’ floor plans during one of their pre-scheduled open houses. Learn more about available open house times by clicking here.

Then, use your floor plan as a guide to help choose your lot. For example, if your floor plan allows for a large backyard, you might look for a lot with north/south sun exposure. This will ensure your backyard isn’t in the shadow of your house for half the day. The same goes for when you’re considering where your home’s windows will be located and what the resulting view will be.

Coverage Area

Your lot’s allowable coverage area will play a significant role in the floor plan you’re able to use. If you’re working with a smaller lot or you’re under tight coverage area restrictions, a two-story home or floor plan with a basement level may be the best way to go. Homeowners with larger lots and more lax coverage area requirements, on the other hand, can opt for a more sprawling floor plan.

To find your home’s coverage area, you’ll need to know the size of both your floor plan and your lot. Divide the home’s square footage–ground level only–by the lot’s square footage to get the coverage area, which will be expressed as a percentage.

Lot Prices

How much does a lot in the Des Moines area cost? Well, as you might imagine, that depends. A lot’s location, proximity to the city limits, size and community all play a role in the sticker price.

Don’t forget to consider potential hidden costs like accessibility and utilities. If your lot is in a less developed area, you may incur the costs of running utilities, like power and sewer, to the site in addition to the cost of the land.

Be wary of any lot price that seems too low for the location or size; if it seems too good to be true, it probably is! That ‘charming stream’ you see on your first visit may cause the entire property to flood during rainstorms, and so on. Always do your due diligence by visiting the site multiple times and walking the entire property thoroughly.  

Take a Look at Destiny’s Work

Below are a few examples of Destiny’s diverse floor plans.

The Arcadia

You might not guess from the compact appearance at the curb, but this two-story floor plan offers four bedrooms, three baths and just shy of 2,000 square feet.

The Arcadia’s main floor is designed for family life, with a large great room and attached kitchen and dinette. An optional walk-in pantry maximizes storage space, while a half bath is conveniently tucked off the front entrance. The home’s master suite, laundry and three additional bedrooms are located upstairs.

The Hansbury II

Large families will love the Hansbury II, a spacious four bedroom, three bath model of 2,200 square feet.  

With a separate great room and living room, each family member has plenty of personal space to relax. A large peninsula kitchen with island and adjacent dining room serve as the perfect spot to gather for meals and entertain guests. A two-car garage and large backyard patio complete the space.   

The Braxton

Looking to customize until your heart’s content? The Braxton is the floor plan for you.

This versatile plan can be laid out as a ranch style or one-and-a-half story, with a fourth bedroom, third bath and living room located on the optional basement level. You can also choose between a two- or three-car garage. This floor plan is an ideal choice for homeowners looking to maximize space on a smaller sized lot.

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