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You can have your home built on a lot you already own. Or you can pick the exact lot, land or property where you want to live.

But before you build the home of your dreams, you should consider the ground on which it will stand.

Whether you’re planning to build a home in the heart of the City or in an outerlying areas , in order to make the best decision for your home’s location, it is important that you gather as much information as possible about the following:

  • Deed restrictions
  • Subdivision infrastructure
  • Public or private streets
  • Flood plain locations
  • Utilities
  • Driveways and roads
  • Location and amenities

  • Each Client Project has different situations and the process of your "Design - Build " Project requires certain steps to build your new home

    Zoning & Building Restrictions

    Once you understand what is important to you, gain an understanding of your local area's land-use plans and zoning requirements. Otherwise you could end up buying a beautifully wooded, tranquil lot that is slated to be four blocks from a new six-land road and strip-mall - one that's suddenly a lot harder to sell than you anticipated ten years earlier.You can usually review these ordinances by visiting your city hall.

    Next you need to know if the local building authority and/or subdivision have requirements regarding the type of house that can be built in that area, and how the land can be used. Land use and and house style restrictions can surprise you -- down to such seemingly odd things as the city prescribing the maximum width of roof eaves. Questions to ask include:

  • What are the lot setbacks, and will you be able to fit the house you want on that lot?
  • Are there easements into those setbacks to consider?
  • Are there minimum or maximum requirements on the size of house in the area?
  • Are there any restrictions on roof type, exterior materials used, or style of house?

    For instance, in some neighborhoods in the southwest United States require that homes have flat roofs, while other urban-infill areas across the country are drawing up restrictions against such roofs. It is also common to see subdivisions with Architectural Control Committees that require a certain amount of natural materials on exteriors (such as wood or stone) which can greatly affect the price of the home you will build.

  • Does the neighborhood association have any say over the type of house you are going to build?
  • Do you need to pay dues to a neighborhood association? If so, how much are dues each year, and what do they include?
  • Are there restrictions on the types of animals you can have? Or whether or not you can park a trailer, a boat or an RV on the property?

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