Hubble Homes is a custom home builder based in West Des Moines, Iowa that serves the greater Des Moines metro area. Founded on the core principles of integrity, quality and customer care, Hubble Homes puts the client first in all phases of the building process.
Learn more about working with Hubble Homes and what to look for in a good lot in the article below.
Why We Work with Hubble Homes
Hubble Homes has a long list of accolades that speaks to the high caliber of its work. In 2016, the Des Moines Register named Hubble the Best Home Builder in the Des Moines area, while the Des Moines Business Record has named the company Best Home Builder an impressive seven times.
The team places a high emphasis on giving back; in 2014 the company was inducted into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame, a prestigious group that recognizes individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to better their communities.
Hubble Homes values being a responsible global citizen. They specialize in energy efficient homes and use the Home Energy Rating System, or HERS, on each new build. The HERS index is the industry-wide standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. Every Hubble Home is also outfitted with a passive radon mitigation system, which reduces the concentration of damaging radon gas.
Hubble makes it easy for custom-build clients to find the exact design elements they’re looking for to outfit their new home. They have two design studios where customers can check out the latest fixtures, from countertops and flooring to lighting installations and decor. Each customer also has access to a duo of dedicated design assistants who can help bring your vision for your home to life.
If you’re not quite ready to dive into a custom build, Hubble Homes also has a series of move-in ready homes available at a range of price points. You can browse them on the company’s website, sorting the options by community, style, and price.
Finally, we like working with Hubble Homes because they make sure their customers have peace of mind well after moving in. Every home comes with a dedicated ‘Care After You Close’ warranty, which protects the home and its components for a full year after closing. Homeowners also receive an accompanying manual with helpful home care instructions.
What to Look for in a Good Lot for Your Hubble Home
Consider the following as you begin the search for the perfect lot for your Hubble Home.
How to Find a Lot
You can find a lot by working directly with your builder, going through a real estate agent or finding and purchasing a lot on your own.
If this is your first time building a house, it’s a great idea to work with Hubble on the process of finding a lot. With multiple decades of experience in the central Iowa region, Hubble can advise you on which of the many residential neighborhoods might be a good fit for you and your family. They can also help you weigh the various factors that go into determining the right lot, like size, shape, land characteristics and more.
Before purchasing a lot or finalizing a floor plan with your builder, it’s essential to find out the coverage area requirements of your lot’s community. These are typically set by either the neighborhood or the city and govern how much of the land the house can take up. These restrictions are especially prevalent in downtown and historic districts.
If the community has a coverage area restriction of 40 percent, for example, then your home is allowed to cover no more than 40 percent of the total area of the land. As you can see, this will factor into whether your lot has enough space to accommodate the floor plan you have in mind.
If you’re in the market for a new home, you likely have a ballpark in mind of what you’re able to spend. Knowing how much of that to spend on a lot, however, can be a little trickier to figure out.
A general rule of thumb is that you can expect the cost of your lot to be between 15 and 20 percent of your overall house and land costs. So, as an example, if you know you can spend up to $400,000 on the total cost of your new home, then it would be reasonable for about $60,000 to $80,000 of that to be spent on the lot and its associated fees.
Take a Look at Hubble’s Work
Here are a few examples of Hubble’s popular floor plans.
This four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath Arts and Crafts style home has all the space and features a growing family needs. The spacious open concept main floor offers a large kitchen with an island that opens onto an expansive living room overlooking the deck. Home cooks will love being able to assess their ingredients in the large walk-in pantry.
On the second floor, you’ll find the master suite and three additional bedrooms, along with a conveniently located laundry room. A three-car garage and unfinished basement complete this roomy home.
More than 2,600 square feet of space is yours in Hubble’s most popular two-story floor plan, the Kellerton. The main level has space galore, with a living room, dining room, sunroom, and office.
On the second floor, relax in the oversized master suite, which features a tub with jets, a detached shower, and sizable walk-in closet. The second floor is rounded out with three more large bedrooms, a shared bathroom with double vanity, and second-floor laundry room that eliminates the need to carry laundry up and down stairs. Convenience at its finest!
Young professionals and newlyweds will find everything they need in the Aspen condo floor plan. This two bedroom, two bath plan makes the perfect starter home.
It’s not every day you find a condo with a kitchen island, dining room, sunroom and fireplace, but the Aspen has all of these things and more. After a long day, head out to your balcony with a relaxing beverage and let the stress melt away.