When you've made the decision to build your own custom home instead of buying an existing home, you've got a lot of decisions to make. Unfortunately, for those who are building new homes for the first time, there are some common mistakes that can prove quite costly. Here are a few of the things that you need to consider as you're locating your lot and planning your new home design.
Consider The Big Picture With The Lot
The lot you build on is a big decision. Most people focus on the location, the views, and the features of the lot when they choose the one for their custom home. However, there are some other logistical things that you may not have considered.
In addition to finding a lot that is laid out the way that you want it, you also need to consider the utility access and site preparation costs that will be associated with it. After all, the last thing you want to do is buy a lot that you think is going to be perfect, only to find out that you can't run the septic system that you need because the lot is all solid rock underneath. Worse yet, you may find that you can't build on the lot at all until you have the whole area treated for contaminants in the soil.
As a result, you should be sure to have a complete site survey done of the lot before you agree to buy it. Make sure that the lot is safe, buildable, and accessible for the necessary utilities and infrastructure that you will need.
Be Prepared To Adapt Your Home Design
One of the biggest challenges that new home builders face is attempting to adapt the lot they purchase to their desired home design instead of the other way around. If you try to adapt the lot, you're going to run into a lot of remediation that could prove cost-prohibitive to address.
Instead, be flexible enough about your home design that you can adapt the layout for the site that you've chosen. For example, if you've chosen a riverfront lot because the stream access is important to you, the last thing you want to have to do is eliminate trees that are a vital part of the lot's layout because they are hindering the solar panels you wanted on the roof.
Instead of trying to adapt the lot, talk with your builder about how to adjust your home's design to fit the space. That way, you get the lot you wanted and a home that you will be happy in.