So you’re getting ready to build a house. Congratulations! But before you start sifting through paint swatches and picking out light fixtures, there’s an important step you’ll need to take first: finding a lot on which to build your new Remington Home.
The lot you pick is more than just a piece of land–it’s where you’ll make a home. From the location and neighborhood to the elevation and price, there are many factors to consider when choosing a lot that’s right for you and your family. Read on to learn what sets Remington Homes apart and what to look for when selecting the perfect lot.
Why We Work with Remington Homes
There are many places in life where you can get by with cutting corners. Building a home isn’t one of them. That’s why we work with Remington Homes. High standards and quality craftsmanship are the cornerstones this family-owned company is built upon.
Owner Darryl Bresson has more than two decades’ experience in residential and commercial construction and has been building single-family homes in central Iowa since 1989. He leads the Remington team in delivering excellent customer service, timeless design and budget-conscious execution.
Remington Homes is known for distinctive architectural features, like arched doorways, rounded corners and custom fireplaces. High quality details, like tile backsplashes and dovetail drawer joints, come standard in all Remington Homes and ensure durability and longevity.
Remington Homes feature 10-year waterproofing on basement walls and 2×6 energy efficient exterior walls with blown-in fiberglass for maximum insulating power.
What to Look for in a Good Lot for Your Remington Home
When you’re looking for the right lot for your Remington home, you’ll want to consider the size and location of the lot, the relationship between the lot and your floor plan, and the topographical features of the land.
First up: location, location, location. There are the obvious factors, like schools and grocery stores nearby, but don’t neglect to consider a lot’s placement on the street and within the neighborhood. Lots close to the neighborhood’s entrance offer convenience, but often at the cost of more noise and traffic. While corner lots are typically seen as more desirable, keep in mind that corners are higher traffic points than, say, the end of a cul de sac.
Next, consider how your intended floor plan will fit on the overall footprint of your lot. Which direction will the house need to face to use the space most effectively? How will that affect the placement of windows, proximity to neighboring homes, etc.? This is a good point to bring in your builder at Remington Homes, who can lend their expertise on which lot will work best with the floor plan you’ve chosen.
Finally, consider the lay of the land, literally speaking. Is it relatively flat, or does it have a significant slope? Is the elevation sufficient for all utilities? If your intended lot has trees, will you keep them or will they need to be cleared? Remington Homes has experience building on lots of all shapes, slopes and sizes, helping homeowners make the most of their chosen space.
Going into your search with these factors in mind will give you clearer idea of which lot to choose for your Remington Home.
How to Find a Lot
You can find a lot in one of several ways. The first and most straightforward is to simply spend some time walking or driving around the neighborhood you’re interested in. Most lots that are for sale will have a sign featuring the listing agent’s name and phone number.
You can also find lots for sale on the same types of websites that list homes for sale, like Trulia and Zillow. Finally, Remington Homes may be able to sell you a lot directly or connect you with a realtor or broker to help you shop for a lot the same way you would for a home. This is an especially useful method if you’re looking in a highly desirable part of town where lots sell quickly.
When choosing a lot, keep in mind that just because a house would technically fit on a piece of land doesn’t necessarily mean it can be built there. Many communities have zoning laws that set limits on lot coverage area–the amount of the land your structure can physically cover.
It’s easiest to think about coverage area as looking down on the lot from a bird’s eye view. How much of the land would still be visible once the house is built? Be sure to check with your zoning department and builder to make sure your lot has sufficient coverage area before signing on the dotted line.
Just like the price of a home can vary widely based on size, features and neighborhood, so too can the price of a lot.
Recent pricing figures for lots in the greater Des Moines area range from under $10,000 for a 1,200 square foot lot sold “as-is” to upwards of $500,000 for a piece of land spanning several dozen acres.
Take a Look at Remington’s Work
With 1,540 square feet of living space, this three-bedroom, two-bath ranch style house is ideal for a growing family. The Jackson’s master bedroom is set at the rear of the house to afford privacy, with an ensuite bath and his-and-hers walk-in closets. Bedrooms two and three share a bath across the hallway.
The large kitchen features an island and attached dining room. Together, these open onto the living room for convenient entertaining. A covered deck is perfect for grilling and open-air dining, while a three-car garage ensures plenty of space for housing automobiles and maximizing storage.
Your family will have plenty of breathing room in the Lexington, a four-bedroom, three-bath floor plan with two stories.
Visitors are greeted by a charming covered front porch, which wraps partially around the front corner of the home. A spacious eat-in kitchen opens directly onto the great room, which looks out over the backyard. An office off the front entryway, mud room, half bath and garage complete the first floor. The four bedrooms are housed upstairs, the master with a large walk-in closet and dual-sink bath.
The Chestnut is part of Remington Homes’ Value Series, which features floor plans that are equal parts quality and economy. You’ll love the open flow between the kitchen, breakfast nook and living room, which facilitates easy conversation while cooking, eating and relaxing.