Where you build is nearly as important as how. And your home’s location will affect what you want to and can do with the house, structurally and aesthetically.
Finding the perfect lot is a critical first step in building a custom home. The location of your lot will affect many aspects of your home form design to structure.
“The first step to designing a custom home is the location. Everything starts with the property: its orientation, the availability of sun, the topography of the land, the natural features on the site. These are all clues for how to sculpt a great home from the landscape.” – Bill Kaufman of WESKetch Architecture
Things to consider when picking your lot:
Distance to neighbors
The size of the lot
Topography of land. Is it flat, slopped?
Where the sun will be in relation to the lot
Natural Elements, is there a forest, water, natural features to work around or emphasize.
Does the neighborhood mandate a certain style of home?
Does it allow for a view or privacy.
Utilities; are they available or will you bring in a well, septic, and electric?
There are a lot of aspects to consider when looking at the perfect piece of land. Having a professional review the land with you can help to eliminate any surprises during the design and build process.
Knowledgeable contractors and architects can provide valuable insight at this stage.