Find a Lot to Build DR Horton Homes

By Scott Van ZeeMay 16, 2019Blog

DR Horton Homes has been delivering quality, custom-built homes to central Iowa residents for more than 30 years. With locations all over the country, the company is known for combining nationally recognized building skills with local market expertise to meet the needs of its customers, from first-time buyers to empty nesters.

Learn more about why we work with this builder and what to look for when choosing a lot for your DR Horton Home below.

Why We Work with DR Horton Homes

First and foremost, we work with DR Horton Homes because of their strong guiding principles; above all else, the builder seeks to meet the needs and budget of every customer on an individual basis, rather than fitting the customer into some predetermined mold.

Since the company’s inception in 1978, its team has built close to 700,000 homes across America in 41 of the top 50 homebuilding markets. DR Horton ranks among the top five builders in 30 of these markets. Since 2002, the builder and its expansive network of affiliates have served more homebuyers nationwide than any other builder.

Building a home is one of the most involved tasks most families will ever take on. That’s why DR Horton offers a comprehensive set of resources to help you tackle each step in the process, like determining your building costs, getting mortgage approval, finding your perfect lot and floor plan, closing on the deal and finally, moving into your beautiful new home.  

To streamline the financial side of building a home, buyers may choose to take advantage of DR Horton’s mortgage, title and insurance services that are offered in-house. Finally, when the time comes to make the move into your finished house, DR Horton has a move-in guide to help you choose the right moving company, plan out your furniture arrangements and make the space feel like home.

What to Look for in a Good Lot for Your DR Horton Home

If you’re looking to choose the perfect lot for your DR Horton Home, the first thing to think about is its location. Consider the lot’s situation within its respective neighborhood. How close is it to an entrance/exit? What about the distance from neighboring homes? How convenient is its access to shopping, dining, your workplace, your children’s schools and any other amenities you’ll need to frequent on a regular basis?

Next, consider the lot’s size. If you’re looking at a larger floor plan, you’ll want a lot that can not only accommodate your home but meet any necessary coverage area requirements in the town (more on that below).

How to Find a Lot

Because DR Horton builds in such a diverse set of neighborhoods and cities, your best bet to find the right lot for your family’s new home is to pay their communities a visit in person. Spend some time in each neighborhood; if possible, get out and walk around. Talk with the neighbors and ask questions. Aside from your builder, the other residents where you’re thinking of making your new home are one of the best sources of information to help you in your search for the perfect lot.

Coverage Area

As we touched upon previously, another factor you’ll need to consider when choosing a lot is its allowable coverage area. This is determined by local jurisdictions and governs the amount of land a structure is allowed to cover on the parcel of land on which it’s built.

Coverage area is expressed as a percentage. To determine the coverage area of your desired floor plan, divide the square footage of the home by the square footage of the lot. So, a 1,500 square foot home built on a 5,000 square foot lot would have a coverage area of 30 percent.

It’s worthwhile to note that coverage area typically does not include non-covered outdoor spaces like decks.

Lot Prices

Lot prices are determined by a number of factors, like location, size, topographical features, desirability of the area and proximity to a major metro area. Generally speaking, larger lots that are closer to a major city are going to cost more than smaller lots in more suburban or rural areas.

Additionally, lots that are flat typically cost less than lots made up of sloped or uneven land. Keep in mind, though, that although a lot on a piece of sloping land may cost less up front, you may incur greater costs down the road in order to prepare your lot for building.

Take a Look at DR Horton’s Work

The Clark

Offering two bedrooms and two baths in just over 1,200 square feet, the Clark is a model of efficient use of space. An open concept living room/dining room/kitchen creates a feeling of spaciousness in the common areas, while the bedrooms and baths are conveniently tucked off to one side of the home for privacy. A mudroom off the garage serves as a catchall for shoes, coats and bags.

For those who need a bit more space, the Clark can be customized with optional third bedroom and family room add-ons.

The Lincoln 55

Growing families will enjoy making a home in the Lincoln 55, an expansive three bedroom, two bath floor plan covering just over 1,600 square feet. The three car garage offers more than enough space for the family’s vehicles, while the large outdoor deck serves as the perfect place to gather for al fresco meals.

Vaulted ceilings come standard in the Lincoln 55. There’s also an option to add on a family room and/or fourth bedroom to expand the living space even further.

The Truman

Need a lot of storage? The Truman is the floor plan for you, with more than 1,800 square feet shared between the main level and basement living areas. Four roomy bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths accommodate large families and houseguests with ease, while a three car garage, main floor coat closet, locker system and lower level storage room offer ample space to house your belongings.

A family room and wet bar on the lower level round out the living space and act as an ideal and comfortable spot for entertaining.

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