When you make the decision to build your dream home from the ground up, the ground you build it on matters. There are many factors to consider when choosing a lot for your custom home. Housing developments are typically planned out with relatively equal size lots. The homes built in the development usually fall within the same general price range to preserve home value.
When choosing a lot, it’s best to have an idea of the style and size of home you want to build, as the layout will affect the type and size of lot you’ll need. If you’re planning on building a custom home, consider these tips from one of the premier luxury home builders, Don Mills, to help you choose the right lot.
Walk the Lot on Foot
When you first start looking at custom home lots, you will likely be given a map of the development with the available lots labeled. A lot may look ideal on paper, but may not actually be what you’re looking for. Once you see the location of the available lots on the map, drive out to the ones you want to consider and walk the lot on foot. Get a feel for the lay of the land and consider the surrounding landscape. Also notice how the neighboring lots fit together so you can get an idea of how close your neighbors will be.
Pay Attention to the Lay of the Land
Most lots in new home communities are labeled as “ready to build” sites, but there may still need to be some regrading of the land before breaking ground for the foundation. Don’t immediately discount a sloping lot if you plan to build a home with multiple levels, as the home can be built to accommodate the grade of the land. Water runoff should have already been accounted for, but consider visiting your potential lot after a hard rain to see if the water pools or puddles where it shouldn’t.
Consider the Orientation of the Lot
Based on the placement of the lot in relation to the street, your home will face a particular direction. Does it matter to you if your home is facing north, south, east, or west? Facing east means the front of your home will get the morning sun and your backyard will get the sunset. Facing North or South means you’ll get sunlight from both sides depending on the time of day. Also consider the direction your driveway will need to go out to the street. Even with a corner lot you may not have a choice which street your driveway will be on.
Build the Home of your Dreams with one of the best Luxury Home Builders
Don Mills Builders has designed and built hundreds of beautiful custom homes in Greensboro, Oakridge, Summerfield and the and the surrounding area. Lots are available now in some of the most highly desired neighborhoods just waiting for the right buyer and the right builder to turn a piece of land into a home.