This is where it all begins: the lot. There is a moment that happens in the building process when you pull-up in your car to the lot that will ultimately be the spot where you will build your dream home. It’s exciting. Don’t let over-analysis get in the way of that excitement. Here is a simple guide to help you consider the pros and cons and identify potential setbacks of any lot.
It’s much easier to look at an existing home and evaluate the quality of the lot than to identify a great empty lot to build on. Unless you have decades of experience evaluating lots: in 40 years of building custom homes, I’ve learned a lot…about lots. Many “experts” will give you their (subjective) do’s and don’ts: ‘don’t buy a corner lot’, ‘don’t buy a lot on a steep slope’, ‘don’t buy a lot with an irregular shape’, etc. Guess what, IT DEPENDS. The good news is a great architect can maximize the pros of any lot and minimize or even eliminate most cons. Still, it’s smart to consider a few things before you buy your dream lot.