Many prospective homeowners see their new home standing on a plot of land they picked themselves. There is something truly rewarding in selecting a prime piece of land and then designing and building a home that can take all the advantages of the views and topography. Then it shouldn’t surprise that people start designing their new home by hunting for a perfect parcel.
When you are looking for a builder, ask for one who is well-experienced in building on a customer’s land. A lot of builders specialize in building on improved parcels in urbanized communities that already have whole infrastructure laid down, while others specialize in building on land that needs improvement. Also, make sure your builder has an abundance of floor plans and is able to adapt an existing plan to the specifics of your lot. Finally, choose a builder with enough buying power so you can get high quality materials for the best prices. Savings made this way can be used for purchasing appliances, flooring and light fixtures.
Tip: ensure that the builder you have chosen offers a solid warranty program, with at least ten year warranty on different aspects of structural integrity of your home.
Undeveloped and remote areas are attractive because of the peaceful environment they offer and nature that surrounds them. To a layman, any piece of land can appear easily buildable. Still, there is an army of homeowners who found out hard way that not listening to building experts is expensive. An experienced builder, especially one with a lot of build-on-your-lot knowledge should become your partner in search for land. They will be able to tell you which lots to avoid, and where you can save money in turning land into a buildable lot.
Those who prefer building on an improved lot in an existing suburban community don’t have to worry about access to electricity, natural gas, water lines and sewer grid, as those amenities will be provided. Still, an experienced builder can provide valuable tips even for those areas too. For example, the soil may contain a higher percentage of clay – they call it “expansive soil“. In that case you should consult geotechnical engineering specialists. Other issues include zoning laws, property line restrictions, and architecture guidelines.
Companies dealing in build-on-your-lot construction keep tomes of ready-made floor plans. One of those might be perfect for your needs. On the other hand, you can modify an existing plan and adapt it to your budget and the characteristics of your lot. For example, you may want to take advantage of views, keep the mature trees or position your home for better passive solar heat gains. An existing or modified home plan works for most homebuyers, while others will eagerly invest into a custom home plan made from scratch that includes some personal preferences as well.
At the beginning, the builder will conduct a site assessment, which includes inspection of the soil and conducting a site survey. Based on its results, the building team establishes budget for improving the land to become suitable for building. This includes removing trees and shrubs, grading land, obtaining permits and constructing a well or temporary septic system.
For a culture that values living on frontier as an essential piece of national identity, many people dream of buying their green parch of land and building a custom or semi-custom house. A builder with substantial build-on-your-lot experience will not only save you money, but also provide valuable assistance with site evaluations, floor plans, permits, coordination and construction.