Five Benefits of Owning or Identifying a Lot Prior to Designing Your Custom Home




Some Customers may have the good fortune of owning a piece of property before they start the custom home building process. Whether you bought a piece of gorgeous waterfront property, or you found a great spread further inland, you may come to the table with a piece of property already in mind for your new custom home.

And while we’ve successfully worked with many Customers who come to us with a desired home plan but without a lot to build it on, there are several good reasons why you should try to identify or buy a piece of property before you start your home design. Here are a few things to consider:

1: You can bring your builder to your lot to get their recommendations.

You can build a custom home that fits your property lines and features if you already own your lot.If you have a piece of property already, your custom home builder can walk the lot, get a feel for the lay of the land, and make any design recommendations based on the lot characteristics and features.

Maybe there’s a tree you want to protect or views that you want to maximize. There could be soil considerations that you have to account for, like building on piles versus a spread or traditional footer. The builder can take all of this into account when designing your new home.

2: Your builder may have a line on a lot that will suit your needs.

Many custom home builders are already plugged into a number of properties they’re hoping to build on. Maybe they know of a development or property that would perfectly suit your needs or a lot that is available but hasn’t hit the market yet.

If you start working with a custom home builder early on in the quest to build your dream home, it’s easier to identify potential property or validate a lot you’re considering for a certain home style or plan type. If you can evaluate or claim that property before you start designing, you have a better chance of getting the desired end-result.

3: You can base your custom home plans on what will fit on your lot.

If you already have your lot, you know how big your home can be, you know where all the setbacks are, and you can design your custom home to fit within those constraints. Some home buyers will try to design their home before they buy their property, and then need to make changes because of certain restrictions or features on the land they end up with. At least this way, you know everything in advance.

4: You can get exactly the lot you want for the price you’re willing to pay.

It’s possible that you could find that perfect piece of property overlooking some beautiful scenery, and it’s within your budget, so it makes sense to snap it up. There are some opportunities that are just too good to pass up, and you know the lot could be gone before you settle on your design to build the home. If that happens, it’s best to not wait; get the property and design the home around it.

5. It’s land that you love.

Whether it’s a few acres out in the country, or a hill overlooking the beach or a forest, when the sun comes over the trees just so, it’s your own little piece of heaven. Buying your own lot ensures you get to find the property that you love, in a part of the world you want to be in, and have the perfect place to create your dream home.

In the end, whether you buy a piece of property early and then build your custom home, or you design first before identifying the optimal location, it’s important to find a place that you can enjoy, that gives you the amenities and access you want, and is a place you can live happily for many years to come.

While owning or having a line on a lot is advantageous, Broadpoint has the resources to help you with your new custom home, regardless of how far along you are in the process. Just visit our website or call us at 302-567-2100.