I suppose everyone has heard about the importance of location…location…location. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should only consider the trendiest or most chic neighborhoods. Schools, community, commute, amenities and property values are all a factor when choosing your perfect location. So when starting your search, look for a lot in a location that best fits your lifestyle and budget. We all have budget parameters, and that alone can often help pinpoint a location or area.
The size and shape of the lot are important characteristics when considering the relationship between the lot and home to be built. If you have a home plan in mind, the lot must accommodate the size of the home’s footprint while complying with all zoning rules and regulations. There are many factors that impact the design of your lot: topography, orientation, easements, etc. These characteristics can impact the style and size of the home to be built as well as the usable yard space. You also want to allow for accommodating your outdoor living needs: pool, patio, etc.
A large hurdle in lot selection is access to utilities. If the lot has public water, sewer and possibly gas at the lot …that’s great! If public utilities aren’t available, then the lot should have a valid perc site and a location for a well. If the lot has neither public or the proven ability for private utilities, then the lot is considered unbuildable. This would be classified as raw land with no improvements. It doesn’t necessarily mean the lot can never be built on, however it would take considerable time and resources to determine the feasibility and bring the lot to a buildable state. Other utilities to be aware of are; the costs to provide power, high speed internet and cable television to your lot. If those are important to you and your family, be sure to investigate the options before committing.
BEWARE, not all lots are buildable, so don’t hesitate to contact us before entering into a lot purchase agreement.
We are knowledgeable on many other lot factors such as, tree preserves, reforestation, easements, access to the property, soils type and flood plains, covenants & restrictions, HOA’s, architectural requirements etc., These factors may impact the house design, the house placement on the lot and/or costs. We also have resources at our disposal that may be able to help mitigate some of the unknowns associated with a lot purchase.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT STONE CASTLE CUSTOM HOMES
Direct line: 410-216-5993
45 Old Solomons Island Road, Suite 102