Drake Homes is a custom home builder based in West Des Moines. They’ve been serving the Des Moines metro area since 2005 and aim to help customers build not just a house, but a home. Read on to learn what it’s like to work with this builder and how to choose the best lot for your Drake Homes build.
Why We Work with Drake Homes
With more than 20 years’ experience in the Iowa home building industry, the team at Drake Homes are consummate professionals at what they do. At the same time, they like to make the building process fun. According to the company’s mission statement, they don’t aim to be the largest new home builder in the area, but the one that provides the best customer experience.
Drake Homes president and company founder Todd Drake has built his entire career in the construction business. Together with his team, Drake brings each customer through a building process that has been refined with hundreds of clients through the years and is designed to take the anxiety out of building a home.
Drake Homes understands that there’s more to building a house than simply the details of the new home–there’s also a significant process surrounding your current home. That’s why they offer professional in-house realtor services to sell your existing home if you have that need.
You’ll select things like flooring and cabinetry during your initial meetings with the builder, but Drake Homes understands that tastes can shift as your home comes together; so, before interior installations begin on your home build, they’ll walk you through the construction site to ensure your choices are still aligned with your vision now that you can see your home coming to life firsthand.
Many homeowners initially opt for building a house with an unfinished basement. To help you maximize that space in the future or accommodate your growing family later on, Drake welcomes repeat customers with its specialty basement finishing service.
Finally, if your new home build is still several months or years off, you can stay up to date with Drake Homes’ latest company news and get inspiration for your future build by subscribing to their quarterly ‘Building Buzz’ newsletter.
What to Look for in a Good Lot for Your Drake Home
There are several factors to consider when choosing a good lot for your Drake Home. Consider location factors, like proximity to your workplace and the community amenities you use the most, and natural features like the lot’s foliage and direction in relation to sunlight.
Read on to learn more about how other factors, like coverage area and price, play a role in which lot to choose.
How to Find a Lot
Drake Homes has lots for sale in its seven communities around central Iowa. The team can also secure lots nearly anywhere in the greater Des Moines area, so if you’re looking to build outside one of its communities, the team will work with you to find the perfect lot for your dream home.
The listings on the company’s website are a great place to start looking for a lot. You’ll have two different types of lots to choose from: a standard lot, which is generally flat and has the home’s main and rear entrances on the same level, or a walkout or daylight lot, in which the main level’s front access, rear access, or both are elevated off the ground to accommodate a sloped piece of land.
Coverage area is a term that’s used to convey how much of the lot’s land space is taken up by the house. Many neighborhoods and towns have coverage area restrictions.
If you want ample space but your desired neighborhood has strict coverage area requirements, one way to find a compromise is to build up rather than out. A two-story home, for example, can often provide the same amount of square footage (or more) as a ranch-style home in half the land coverage area. Take this into consideration when choosing your lot and floor plan.
The price of your lot depends on many factors: its location, size, position in the neighborhood, county, and more. As mentioned above, the type of home you want and your lot layout will determine the type of floor plan that’s best for you, and vice versa. Generally speaking, homes built on standard lots are less expensive than those built on walkout or daylight lots.
Take a Look at Drake’s Work
The Ultra Luxe
Have a taste for luxury but a mind for the economy? Then you’ll be right at home in the Ultra Luxe, a two bedroom, one bath floor plan that’s perfect for young professionals, newlyweds, and empty-nesters.
Don’t let its compact size fool you; this home is perfect for entertaining, with two kitchen layout options that maximize space and draw the home’s common areas together. The Ultra Luxe is one of Drake Homes’ most popular floor plans.
The Grand Gianna
A spacious entryway welcomes visitors into an open living and dining area with vaulted ceilings in the Grand Gianna model. This four bedroom, three bath floor plan is designed for homeowners who wish to make their basement area part of their living space; two of the guest bedrooms and one full bathroom are located on the lower level, in addition to a wet bar and family room.
The main living space upstairs is accompanied by the master suite with bedroom, full bath, walk-in closet, laundry room, and drop zone, as well as a large outdoor deck from which to enjoy the backyard.
The Magnificent Skyview
As this towering two-story’s name suggests, its signature feature is its sweeping, plentiful windows. With four bedrooms and four baths, the Magnificent Skyview is the ideal option for large families or those who enjoy frequent visits from family and friends.
On the lower level, you’ll find the kitchen, living room, first-floor bathroom, and a conveniently tucked-away home office, in addition to the three-car garage. Upstairs, homeowners are welcomed by the amazing master suite with its tray ceilings and luxurious ensuite bath. Bedrooms two and three share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, while bedroom four has its own attached full bath. The laundry room completes the upstairs living area.
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