When you decide to work with a custom builder, you may turn most of your attention to the appearance, features and functionality of your home. What you may not realize is that the Lot you’re planning to build your new home on, also deserves some serious thought – and is one of the first major steps in your home building process.
There are several important objective factors and some special preferences that are important to consider when you are looking for the right homesite for your new custom home.
Not quite sure what those may be or where to start? No problem. Our team of experts put together our top recommendations, to help make your Lot decision process easier. Following are the top 8 things to consider when choosing just the right Lot for your new home:
Zoning governs the size and shapes of structures and parcels, so you can be assured that a divided lot or a new building on a neighboring property will be in harmony with the area. Zoning helps protect your property value by keeping incompatible or unsuitable uses away from your property.
Know your area! Unless you are looking at mixed-use properties or residential zoning, you may want to contemplate traditional neighborhoods or larger tracts of land for privacy and the ability to build more structures on your land.
Drive by the Lot at different times of day, including rush hour, to get a sense of how easy or difficult it is to get to and from the location. The last thing you want is a Lot where you feel trapped by the flow of vehicles.
Pick a Lot that either offers you a stunning view, great amenities, or closeness to shopping, work, and school. An inconvenient but attractive Lot may not be worth it if you spend hours commuting every day.
Speaking of convenience, the Lot you pick should provide those features that appeal to you. For example, you may want a neighborhood with a community pool or golf course, or you may prefer a Lot in the country with miles between houses.
Do you want your house to face north, south, east or west? The direction can mean the difference in a sunset view as well as solar panel placement, so choose wisely.
Not every Lot is a standard square, rectangle or wedge of a cul-de-sac. The design of your home may fit better on a long, narrow lot or one that is wide but shallow.
Do you want a basement? A sloped Lot may be perfect for you. Keep in mind, however, that sloping Lots may also have issues with water drainage or concerns about level foundations and driveways.
Some Lots are clear-cut, while others have old-growth hardwood trees dotting the space. Decide what matters to you, and while you are at it, get the soil tested to make sure it can support the home.
Work With The Right Home Builder For You
Picking the perfect Lot for your home is not a decision to make lightly. For more suggestions and information about custom home building, talk to the experts at Horizon Construction & Renovations.
We can walk you through our process and give you suggestions to turn your dream into reality. Contact our team online, or call us directly at (919) 542-4457 for a Free, No Obligation Consultation today!