Understandably, selecting the “ideal” piece of land is important if you are dreaming of building on your own lot in the North Texas area. You can just picture your new home among the trees, situated “just so.” Most who have built on their own lots will not hesitate to tell you that choosing a piece of land they love, then building their dream home that takes full advantage of the topography is extremely satisfying. However, before you buy that piece of land you picture as “perfect,” consider the following.
It’s critical to consult with an experienced custom home builder with extensive build-on-your-lot experience and knowledge about the area. When it comes to purchasing the perfect parcel of land, knowledge is power – but ignorance can cost you, big time. An experienced builder can save you more than a few dollars by helping you avoid lots that may be difficult to build on, and by determining how much unanticipated site work may be necessary to make a lot buildable.
Even in developed areas such as Highland Village and Flower Mound, it’s important to consider the lot with caution. In most cases, issues such as water, electricity, sewer connections, and natural gas are not a problem. However, there are sometimes instances in which a particular site may require underground piers to support the foundation, or considerable excavation work. You’ll also need to be familiar with architecture guidelines, easements, zoning laws, etc. before work begins on your new custom home.
Does the design/floor plan work for the lot you have in mind? Most people who choose a piece of land have a picture in mind of the views they will enjoy, how the landscape/trees may work in terms of energy efficiency, even how they will landscape the property. Many custom home builders have existing designs/floor plans for clients to choose from that may be ideal for their taste in a home, piece of land, and budget. In other situations, it may be necessary to modify the design you have in mind – to reflect your vision of the place your family wants to call home.
Ultimately, if you haven’t already purchased a piece of land on which to build your dream home, take some time to choose a custom home builder with extensive experience, one who can adapt a floor plan to the topography of your lot if necessary, and one who offers a good warranty and will stand behind your project from beginning to end. At Bud Bartley Family of Builders, our North Texas custom home builders are dedicated to helping you reach and exceed your dreams. We are the build-on-your-lot experts!