Are you building a custom home? It’s akin to painting on a plain canvas. You get to decide everything: which finishes to use, how big the house should be, what kind of tiles to use, etc. But here’s the biggest one of them all – where to position the home. Have you considered how the house position impacts the home? It dictates:
- What value you can get in the open market,
- How comfortable you will be in the house, and
- Whether you can add more structures around the home.
These are effects that will remain for as long as the house sits on your lot. A lot rides on this decision, and we’ve come up with key pointers to help you make the best possible decision. Are you ready?
The Local Regulations
Before thinking about the state of the land, you should get permits to build on the lot. What are the zoning regulations? Can you get an HOA pass? It’s better to get these out of the way before starting any construction work. You don’t want to spend money clearing the land only to realize that you can’t build on that section of the land.
The Terrain of the Land
You’ve probably come across homes built on rugged terrain overlooking a valley and thought that they were architectural wonders. And they are! But if you want to position a home on your lot, we advise that you choose the flattest spot on the land. Why? It’s easy to build on such a spot because of the accessibility. We will not need to use any specialized equipment to reach the site, nor will we need additional support structures in the build. It will be a simple foundation followed by the shell, and sooner than you know it, you will be moving into your new home.
But not everyone has the benefit of flat land. You might as well be one of the people whose terrains overlook valleys, rivers, and other natural wonders. Is this you? That does not mean that you cannot position a house on your land. It only increases the specialization needs and the building costs. We might also need to tweak the house design to ensure it sits strong on the terrain, but there’s nothing that we cannot achieve. Leave the worrying to us- we’ve got you!
The State of the Land
Is the land cleared and excavated? Do you need excavation services? How about filling? Does the lot have enough soil to fill the land, and does it meet the required grade? These are all questions you must consider as they affect the construction budget and schedule. They also affect the type of foundation that works for the lot. The less work a section of the lot needs, the less time and money you spend on construction. It might be worth a thought.
The Accessibility to Utilities
We all love incredible views. Who does not want to wake up to an unobstructed view of the sunrise? Or the perfect picture of wild animals grazing on a far land? To get such views, you know that you must look for land further away from urban areas. Unfortunately, most of these parcels of land are often unconnected to the main utilities. What are we talking about here? Power and water!
Unless you install solar power and harness water from natural sources, you will likely need to connect these additional utilities. It can cost an arm and a leg depending on how far you are to these services. So, the closer a lot is to these utilities, the better for you. But if you do not mind the added costs and are all about the view, we know how we can hack this too!
What will you wake up to each morning? Will you be gazing at an apartment complex that blocks your view of the sun? Or will you wake up to a tree with chirping birds? The view matters and affects just how much you enjoy your home. Oh, it also affects how much other people will enjoy your home. You can’t ignore the fact that you might want to sell your home one day, and you’ll want the buyers to take up an interest in the view too. Have you figured out the selling point in your home? It’s about time you did!
Have you ever lived in a home where you could barely sit in silence? Ever so often, a siren would go off, or the sound of rushing cars would cut off your sleep. When building a home in a residential or commercial area where the houses are close to each other, you must consider the home layout. Position the home such that the bedrooms and other relaxation rooms face away from busy streets. You will enjoy more peace of mind this way and better sleep!
The Accessibility of the Lot
You might think that accessibility to the land and terrain are the same thing, but they are not. You see, terrain refers to the slope of the land. A lot can be gently sloping or flat, and you still cannot get access to it. How? Suppose the road leading up to the lot is unpassable. Before we even start excavating the land and making way for a foundation, we must find a way to get to the land. That means you will pay to construct a passable road, which will increase the construction costs. We would advise that you position the home in the most accessible lot to avoid these extra charges.
A beautiful landscape always adds to the house’s market value. People will always go for the house sitting in the middle of trees rather than one on barren land. So, what’s the situation on the ground? Are you looking at any vegetation? Do you have natural waterways flowing through the land? They don’t just serve as scenery- they are also great for cooling the home.
If you’ve got vegetation on the lot, sit your house in the middle or next to it. Ensure you leave some distance between the trees and the house to avoid shading it too much or encouraging pests from taking up homes in your house. If the land has nothing on it, start working on landscaping as the construction ensues. It ensures you have some beauty complementing the custom home.
Finding the North
Have you considered your climate when positioning the home? You should, or else, you will be in for some very harsh winters and summers. So, which are the best positions? First, you need to figure out the climate in your region and how bad it can get. Then you can work out the long side of the home and ensure that it faces north. For normal winters and summers, north/ east should be okay. But if you live in an area where the weather seems to turn against you, work with north/west. If both summer and winter tend to be harsh, then work with plain north. And if you can’t figure out what works for you, call on us to make the decision- we know just how to position each house to protect you from harsh weather.
Do you have any wind blocks around the lot? If not, you need to position the home to protect you from the biting cold winds in the winter. These often come from the west and can wreak havoc on your enjoyment. You can barely sit out and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with the wind beating against your face and howling at you to go back to the house. And in the summer, you cannot sit out, baking in the sweltering heat if you don’t have cool breezes coming at you. So, how do you ensure you get the best of both worlds? It’s not as hard as you might think. All you need is to locate the house facing away from cold winds in the west and welcome winds from the east.
The Adjacent Homes
Are there other homes in your area? It’s time to acquaint yourself with the current architectural and landscaping codes to ensure you don’t get into trouble. Find out just how far the house should be from the street, where you can locate your extra structures, and how much vegetation you must preserve. HOAs can get in the way of successful construction if they feel that you are not complying with the set rules.
All in all, you should select a spot with amazing views and the best north-facing decision. The local authorities also must agree with you on the site (we will get the permits for you).
At Hartel Homes, we believe that you already know where you want to position your home. You can feel the position tugging at your heartstrings even as you read this guide. But we also know that it’s essential to get a second opinion before making this crucial decision. Talk to us today about which lot positions are ideal for your custom home. We will organize a site visit to the lot and break down the strong points for each site section. Let’s make this decision together!