Happe Homes is a builder based in Ankeny that focuses on quality new construction builds at affordable prices in the central Iowa area. Learn more about why we like working with Happe Homes and how to find the perfect lot if you’ve chosen Happe to build your dream house.
Why We Work with Happe Homes
Happe Homes was founded by Jake Happe in 2003 with the mission to become central Iowa’s preferred home builder “by helping clients realize their home ownership dreams.” Simply put, Happe wants to build you the home you’ve imagined at a fair price, and they’ve been doing so for local families for more than 15 years.
Since its inception, the company has grown to more than 20 employees dedicated to delivering honesty, integrity, above-average customer experience and a quality product to every customer.
Happe builds in more than 25 communities in the greater Des Moines region, including neighborhoods in Altoona, Ankeny, Adel, Granger, Norwalk, Polk City, Urbandale, Van Meter, Waukee, and West Des Moines.
Happe Homes understands that the home building process comes with both excitement and anxiety for buyers; that’s why they’ve mapped out a streamlined building process that every Happe customer goes through. It begins with a home orientation meeting to get acquainted with your builder, who will walk you through what to expect.
Next, you’ll choose from one of Happe’s many floor plans, making adjustments to suit your specifications or working with the team to design a floor plan all your own. While the construction process gets underway, you’ll enjoy four hours of free personal design consultation with one of Happe’s in-house designers, who will help you select and match all of your interior finishes.
Finally, every Happe home comes with a one-year builder’s warranty and third-party extended warranty, in addition to your applicable manufacturer’s warranties, so you can be sure all post-sale concerns will be remedied in a timely and cost-effective manner.
What to Look for in a Good Lot for Your Happe Home
Here are some things to consider as you choose a lot for your Happe home.
How to Find a Lot
Begin by getting acquainted with the various neighborhoods Happe builds in; you can browse these on the company’s website. Take note of neighborhood amenities, like walking and biking trails and proximity to a golf course, which might be important factors in choosing where you live. Pay attention also to neighborhood requirements, like certain types of building materials, to see if they fit with your vision for your home.
Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few communities that are a good fit for your family, Happe will help you find the best lot for the home you’re imagining. You’ll need to consider things like the lot’s shape, which will affect the position of your home and whether the floor plan you want can be built on it. If you’re envisioning a home with a large, curving driveway, for example, a lot with a significant slope may not be the best choice for you. Your builder will talk through all of these factors with you before you pull the trigger on buying a lot.
Coverage area requirements vary by municipality and subdivision. These rules govern how much of your lot can be covered by your house. Many new buyers are surprised to learn that you can’t simply take up as much of your lot as you want with the structure of your home!
Coverage area restrictions are put in place for a variety of reasons–namely, to limit urban density and preserve the aesthetics of a community. Imagine, for example, how unappealing a community would be if the houses were so large on the lots that they butted right up against one another. This is why neighborhoods require you to stay within coverage area allotments; discuss this with your builder when choosing a lot for your Happe home.
Lot prices can fluctuate significantly based on location and features. Corner lots, for example, are often perceived as being more spacious, and thus are typically priced higher than lots bookended by other homes.
Depending on how long you’re planning on staying in your new home, it may make sense to consider the future pricing prospects of the land when choosing a lot. Lots with mature trees, for example, can sometimes raise the value of a piece of property.
According to the latest report from the National Association of Home Builders, the median price for a single-family lot in America is $47,400.
Take a Look at Happe’s Work
Comprised of three bedrooms and two baths over 1,574 square feet, The Arbor is a prime case study in the effective use of space. Families will enjoy gathering in the common areas, which include a roomy kitchen overlooking the attached breakfast nook and comfortable great room.
The master bedroom with ensuite bath overlooks the rear of the property, while bedrooms two and three are situated on the opposite side of the house, ensuring privacy. A custom fireplace and garage with space for three vehicles complete this cozy ranch home.
High ceilings, ample natural light, and modern fixtures abound in this four bedroom, three bath plan. The Raleigh is built to impress, with an expansive foyer, great room and open concept kitchen begging to entertain guests.
The first-floor master is a suite unto itself, with a spacious master bath and luxe walk-in closet where your wardrobe is not only stored but on display. A guest bathroom, deck and three-car garage complete the first floor. The upstairs area houses three additional bedrooms, each with its own walk-in closet, and a full bath.
If you’re looking for a floor plan with plenty of room for customization, you’ll like the Jacqueline ranch home. This 1,756 square foot plan offers your choice between a third bedroom or office, with two baths.
Vaulted ceilings lend a luxurious feel to the master bedroom, while a large private pantry and laundry area offers plenty of storage space. The dining room overlooking the rear deck is the perfect space to make memories and enjoy meals together as a family.
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