Home Builders in the Des Moines Metro

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  1. cybychoice

    cybychoice Active Member

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    My wife and I are looking at purchasing a new build in Ankeny this summer. Does anyone have experiences (good, bad, or otherwise) with home building companies in the Des Moines Metro?
     
  2. Cyclone06

    Cyclone06 Well-Known Member

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    Your need to look at Happe Homes. I have nothing but positives.
     
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  3. cyfan92

    cyfan92 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Jerry's/Adam Grubb house. Its a B/B+ (bought used, high quality for starter home in western suburbs).

    My uncle used Sage Homes on a $350K house in Ankeny. I'd say that is B+/A-. A lot of his issues with the house come from the $hit work done by a plumbing subcontractor.

    The goal is to live in a former home builders house. About the only home they don't cut corners on or get lazy watching sub contractors
     
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  4. ianoconnor

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    #4 ianoconnor, Jan 29, 2020
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    I've been following Dreamscape Homebuilders on social media and they build some awesome looking homes. I have no firsthand experience with them, though. I'd be curious to hear from anyone here that has used them. I assume their prices will most likely be outside of our comfort zone.
     
  5. cybychoice

    cybychoice Active Member

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    Never heard of Sage, we have looked at few of Jerrys and like them. Our big thing is the ranches everyone is putting out now don't have a space that can be used as an office so we are looking most likely at a 2 story.
     
  6. CyCrazy

    CyCrazy Well-Known Member

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    Chip and Joanna Gaines are in Ames right now. Maybe look them up.
     
  7. BCClone

    BCClone Well-Known Member

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    Call bob. Very popular builder.
     
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  8. ChrisMWilliams

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    MJ Properties is owned and operated by the majority owner of CF. PM me and I'll get you in touch with them. Our office is literally inside of theirs. They are Ankeny based.
     
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  9. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member
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    We have a Stephen Grubb house (its on the tyvek) and I would agree on the B/B+.
     
  10. cyfan92

    cyfan92 Well-Known Member

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  11. cyfan92

    cyfan92 Well-Known Member

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    They made the first bedroom on the right smaller for office use. That allowed for a bigger hall bath and bigger living room. So only 2 beds on the main and 1 downstairs

    Floor-plan: https://www.sagehomesiowa.com/the-cypress
     
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    cyfan92 Well-Known Member

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    #12 cyfan92, Jan 29, 2020
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    I knock ours for: wall insulation feeling just ok, fireplace leaks air like crazy, already had to replace the spigots for outside hose hookup (built in 2011).
     
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  13. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

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    OP is looking for new builds...not re-modelers. ;)

    (BTW....are you serious Clark? )
     
  14. CyCrazy

    CyCrazy Well-Known Member

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    Yes, Chip was making breakfast at the Grove Cafe.

     
  15. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Well-Known Member

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    I have a Stephen Grubb house and I would hate to see what a C or D house looks like then :confused:
     
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  16. Gossamer

    Gossamer Well-Known Member

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    what's the budget?
     
  17. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member
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    Ours has been very solid to tell you the truth. Roughly 20 yrs old and we've lived there half the time. Nothing unexpected has happened.
     
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  18. rudiskilz

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    we used a local builder Frampton Homes. Have had nothing but positives from them. Not a huge company so felt like it was more personal then a huge builder.

    https://framptonhomes.com/
     
  19. cybychoice

    cybychoice Active Member

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    Up to 330K we can comfortably put 20% down on and not have it impact us. We are selling our current home too.
     
  20. dosry5

    dosry5 Well-Known Member

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    Most builders pull from the same relatively small pool of subs in each trade. A crew can frame a $200,000 starter home one month and a $600,000 home the next. That’s the problem and you need a home builder who will work with you and not get pissy when you identify problems. A builder who doesn’t just disappear after the warranty is up.
     
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