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How to Choose the Best Building Lot

October 4, 2021 2:24 pm Published by Comments Off on How to Choose the Best Building Lot

The first — and perhaps the most important — decision you make when deciding to build a home on an empty lot of land is the land itself. Your second important decision comes in choosing the right home builder in Chelsea AL. Fortunately, Scotch Homes is an excellent choice when it comes to picking the right home builder to take you from an empty lot to your dream home. But first, let’s think about the various aspects that need to be kept in mind when choosing a lot.

The topography of the lot plays an important role in the size and type of house you can build and even where on the land you can build. After all, you need enough space and proper terrain to lay a solid foundation for your home.

Flat land is great for a simple ranch-style home, but if you want any sort of basement, you’re going to have to start digging deep. That means the installation of a sump pump, because building on flat land means there’s the real risk of potential flooding and water damage in the basement area. Also, when building on flat land, if it’s at the foot of higher areas, you run further flooding risk, so do keep these issues in mind and look at the surrounding land, not just the lot you want.

If you want land that allows you to build a home with wonderful views, make sure the home can be situated properly to make the most of those views through large windows and porches. However, don’t forget to find out the status of surrounding land. Your view could disappear if someone else comes in and builds on nearby land, blocking your previously wonderful view. In fact, you should always check on the status and zoning of surrounding land to make sure there won’t be any unpleasant surprises in the future.

Corner lots are appealing if they’re situated at the corner of two quiet streets. Otherwise you run the risk of lights and noise on two sides of your home. However, in quiet communities without much traffic, corner lots are often popular choices. They allow you to put the garage on the side of the house and let the front of the house focus on beautiful architecture. This kind of lot also provides for multiple entrances, depending on whether you’re having guests over and want a stylish entrance or want an easy entry from the garage after shopping or during bad weather.

There are various sloped lots — side, up, and down — which offer some different building options, typically creating a basement area that is only partially underground, which allows for more natural light and a more comfortable environment for day to day living. Each one has elements to consider, such as steep driveways, possible landslides, and the need for stairs to access the main entrance, but these depend on the land itself and may not be an issue or the house can be built to eliminate some of the issues.

A well-respected home builder can help you determine if a lot is a solid choice for building the kind of home you want. After all, you need to consider that the lot will need to be cleared and prepared for building, and there may need to be services such as water, electricity, internet and more added if there are no existing services currently available. These kinds of things will increase the price when it comes time to build. You also want to consider the direction your home will be facing in order to get the most natural light in the rooms you use the most, and don’t forget to consider any natural landscaping that you may want to keep. Realistically, you’ll also want to keep basic shopping and service amenities in mind so that you don’t have to travel far to get the basics.

These are just some of the issues to consider when looking at empty lots of land for a new home. There’s so much more than just the size of the lot to consider. Working with a trusted home builder in Chelsea AL, like Scotch Homes, will give you a solid head start on choosing a lot that will work best for the kind of house you have in mind. Contact us today to learn more about building your dream home on your own lot or in one of our communities, like Willow Branch. We’re happy to answer your questions.

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