Neighborhood Builders is a family-owned custom home building company based in West Des Moines and serving the greater Des Moines area. They were the People’s Choice Award Winner at the Des Moines Home Show Expo in 2012, 2014 and 2017. In this article, you’ll learn more about why Neighborhood Builders is a great partner to work with in creating your dream home, plus what to look for in the perfect lot.
Why We Work with Neighborhood Builders
Neighborhood Builders believes that your home should be reflective of your unique style and your family’s living habits. That’s why they focus on designing spaces that are both accessible and convenient for the way your family lives.
On the company’s online portfolio, you can browse an extensive collection of high resolution photos of interior and exterior spaces they’ve created for previous clients. This is highly useful to help you get a feel for the floors, cabinets, counters, lighting and other design aspects you might like to incorporate into your own home.
Neighborhood Builders understands that homeowners can sometimes feel left in the dark during the building process. To address this challenge, they offer a dedicated online portal where clients can log in and see all of the details of their build in real time. You can track progress, see what’s coming up next, check in on your budget and watch as your custom home takes shape.
The company has developed long-term relationships with the area’s best subcontractors and vendors so you can be sure you’re getting the best materials and service at the best price. The builder chooses to work only with partners who share the company’s core values of hard work, excellence and attention to detail.
Looking for a home that’s as smart as you are? Neighborhood Builders specializes in home automation, with the expertise to incorporate the latest smart home technology like climate control, home entertainment, security and more into your build.
We appreciate Neighborhood Builders’ investment in sustainability; they’re a self-described green builder, committed to developing homes that lessen our impact on the environment. Features like Low E windows, composite materials, tankless water heaters and other energy efficient appliances are all available options as you design your custom home. All Neighborhood Builders homes are third-party verified to meet 5-Star Energy and NAHB Green Building Standards.
What to Look for in a Good Lot for Your Neighborhood Builders Home
Here are some guidelines on what to look for and how to choose the best lot for your Neighborhood Builders home.
How to Find a Lot
Neighborhood Builders makes it easy for homeowners to find a lot, offering an inventory of land parcels in more than ten communities in and around Des Moines. Your builder can help guide you to the lot that might be right for you, or you can purchase one on your own and they’ll build on it.
When comparing prospective lots, you’ll want to consider location, size, neighborhood, school district, and natural features. Don’t forget to look into the zoning requirements of any neighborhood where you’re thinking of building, as these may place restrictions on things like how large or how tall your house can be.
Another factor to consider when choosing a lot for your Neighborhood Builders home is the coverage area. This dictates the percentage of land area that can be covered by the building’s structure. The ‘structure’ usually includes any surface that prevents or restricts water from being absorbed by the ground. Note that raised decks are typically not included in coverage area.
Coverage area is important to note as it will determine whether your prospective lot is of adequate size to accommodate the floor plan you’ve selected.
Many new homeowners are surprised to learn how much a lot costs and neglect to factor it into the cost of their overall build. To avoid sticker shock at closing, it’s a good idea to research lot prices and other associated costs of preparing the land ahead of time.
To give you ballpark figure, the average cost associated with preparing a lot to build is between $1.28 and $2 per square foot. That does not include the cost of the land itself.
Take a Look at Neighborhood Builders’ Developments
Neighborhood Builders has eleven residential developments in the Des Moines Metro area. Here are a few highlights from the selection.
If your vision for your dream home includes a sprawling backyard and plenty of breathing room, Bloomington Heights may be the community for you. Its spacious lots range from 16,000 square feet to upwards of two acres, perfect for families with kids who love to play outdoors. Take your pick of flat, daylight, walkout or cul-de-sac options with beautiful natural views.
This neighborhood is part of the Norwalk Community School District with Norwalk sewer and utilities. It offers easy commuting access to Des Moines via nearby Highway 5.
Grand Avenue Estates
This small, exclusive development offers one-and-a-half acre lots in the highly desirable West Des Moines area. A private drive leading up to the community is lined with mature oak trees, and the neighborhood has northeast views of the Racoon Valley. The nearby Raccoon River and Walnut Woods State Park afford ample opportunity for outdoor activities.
Grand Avenue Estates is made up entirely of walkout lots, which are great for maximizing natural light on the lower level of your home. For the golfers in the family, Glen Oaks Country Club is just minutes up the road.
There’s a lot to love about this 68 acre West Des Moines development. The Preserve is conveniently located less than two miles from Interstate 35, which is a major thoroughfare for commuters and connects with Interstate 235 to downtown Des Moines. It’s minutes away from Jordan Creek Mall, a popular shopping destination.
This community offers versatile lot options for homeowners, including walkout, cul-de-sac and townhome lots. There are even a selection of lake view lots with 100 foot frontages. The Preserve is close to community walking paths, local parks and other family-friendly amenities.