Led by longtime home building pro Dan Sparks, Genesis Homes is a versatile new home builder in the Des Moines metro area. Specializing in the popular “transitional” style of construction, Genesis is known for mixing classic design with modern features to produce homes its customers will enjoy for generations.
Read on to learn more about working with Genesis and what to look for when choosing a lot for your new home.
Why We Work with Genesis Homes
When you work with Genesis Homes, you’ll never be pushed into a predefined mold or template. The builder works with each client to make sure the home they create for you is a reflection of your unique lifestyle, needs, and preferences.
When you begin the building process with Genesis, you’ll have a personal consultation with owner Dan Sparks, who will consult with you on your vision and goals for your new home. He’ll use your input every step of the way, from the initial design all the way through to the handing over of the keys to your new home.
One of the big reasons we work with Genesis Homes is their attention to detail; refined features like marble inlays, hand-fabricated rails, and stainless steel are incorporated into every Genesis home design.
Genesis can build anywhere in the greater Des Moines area, including Ames, Ankeny, Urbandale, Grimes and beyond. The Genesis team has been serving the area for more than two decades, so if you’re new to town, they can make a recommendation for where to begin your lot search based on the type of neighborhood your family is looking for.
Finally, Genesis understands that the home buying process doesn’t end when building is complete. As you get settled in your new home, questions or minor issues may sometimes arise. That’s why they offer a dedicated Warranty Portal to help address any post-move-in concerns in a swift and effective manner.
What to Look for in a Good Lot for Your Genesis Home
When looking for a good lot for your Genesis home, you’ll want to take into consideration location, size, and natural features.
For many buyers, location will be the biggest factor in choosing a lot. Consider the distance and drive time to your workplace, school, and amenities, factoring in whether there is easy access to a major thoroughfare nearby. Ask yourself: are you willing to pay a little more for a lot that will make your commute easier, or would you trade off a longer morning trip to save on up-front costs?
Next, ask yourself how big of a lot you need. You may be able to save on costs by compromising on the lot’s size and shape. On the other hand, if you’re sold on a larger floor plan, you may need to compromise on location in order to get sufficient size. Read more about this in the Coverage Area section below.
Finally, consider natural lot features like foliage, drainage and sun exposure. All of these things have the potential to add costs or additional time to your building process–for example, preserving mature trees or filling a lot with poor drainage. These costs may be worth it to achieve your desired vision.
How to Find a Lot
Genesis Homes makes finding a lot easy. You can consult with one of the experts on your building team or browse its communities directly on the company’s website.
If you’re not quite ready to take on a custom build and lot search of your own, the company also offers a selection of move-in-ready homes that come with the builder’s signature style but without the labor-intensive process of customizing a home from scratch.
As we discussed above, the size of your desired floor plan will be a determining factor in which lot you ultimately choose. New home builds are subject to coverage area requirements, which dictate how much of the land can be covered by the physical structure of the house. While they may seem tedious, these restrictions are put in place to preserve the aesthetics of a neighborhood and keep homes from being built “on top of one another,” so to speak.
If your neighborhood has lower coverage area allowances, meaning a smaller proportion of the land can be covered by your house, your large floor plan will need to be built on a larger lot. Or, you may need to scale your floor plan down accordingly.
We’ve already touched on some of the factors that contribute to a lot’s price, like location and natural features. Consider also the lot’s position in the development. Generally, corner lots and cul de sac lots will be the most expensive, while mid-street lots and lots at T-shaped intersections will be more affordable.
In many cases, the purchase of land cannot be financed as easily as the purchase of a home, so be aware that you may need to be prepared to pay cash for your lot.
Take a Look at Genesis’s Work
Home Show Expo
To get an idea of Genesis Homes’ work, take a look at the model home the builder featured in the Des Moines Home Show Expo. This magnificent floor plan offers more than 4,500 square feet of living space set over two-and-a-half levels.
The main level is the ultimate place for entertaining, with an expansive great room outfitted with towering ceilings and a stunning custom fireplace. An open concept kitchen, four seasons room and sweeping deck with golf course views complete the common space. The large master suite and second bedroom are also located on the main floor.
On the lower level, you’ll find bedrooms three and four along with what are sure to be some of the family’s favorite places to spend time: a cozy family room, music room, game room, and outdoor patio.
Finally, on the top level, you’ll be treated to sweeping golf course vistas from the sun deck, which is made for leisurely mornings sipping coffee and enjoying the fresh air. An office and walkway overlooking the great room below round out the upper floor.