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How to Pick the Perfect Lot

Congratulations! You have made the exciting decision to build a new custom home! At Picasso Homes, we can help navigate the process including, the design and architecture, the right plan and build, helping you create a budget and a variety of choices on your custom luxury project. Now, choosing and purchasing the lot you are going to build on will begin to bring your vision to life.

Here are a few things you need to take into consideration when choosing the lot you’re going to build your new custom home.

Tour the Neighborhood

When deciding on a lot to build your new home on, you need to make sure you’re going to enjoy the neighborhood you’re living in. Drive around the area at different times and days; see how the neighborhood looks during the day and at night.

Watch how the neighbors interact with one another. Are you a growing family looking for a family-friendly neighborhood? If there are kids playing in the neighbor’s yard, you’re on the right track.

Consider how far the commute will be to work. How about the drive to and from school, church, and other important places you frequent. How far is the lot from grocery stores, entertainment, and shopping?

Evaluate the area’s potential for growth. Is the neighborhood growing, or is it an older community that does not have room for other new construction? If the surrounding area is booming with new businesses, schools, and shopping, the area is more than likely growing.

Evaluate Traffic and Noise

Another aspect to look at when choosing land is traffic and noise. As a growing family, you should be aware of the amount of traffic flowing through the neighborhood. Is the lot you’re looking at close to the entrance of the neighborhood? If so, that can attract a lot of noise and traffic from people coming and going.

Cul-de-sacs are great for kids playing in the street because there is less through traffic, but they can be problematic when it comes to emergencies. The street design may make snow removal and fire rescue more difficult.

A lot on a cul-de-sac may have less room in the front, which may make that dream of a large front yard impossible. It can also prevent you from having the space you need for parking. Yet, the backyards tend to be larger and provide more space for your kids to play with their furry friends.

A corner lot means you will have traffic and sidewalks on two sides of your land. These corner lots tend to be larger and allow for a side-loaded garage, which is great for homeowners who want the garage out of sight, and the front of the home to have a “cleaner” look. If you live in a colder weather climate, you’ll have to consider snow removal during the winter with a corner lot. Both streets and sidewalk paths will have to be cleared.

If you’re considering a lot at a T-intersection, or a lot facing an incoming street, you may have to deal with headlights of oncoming traffic. Design a floor plan where the bedrooms are not facing the front of the house, so the headlights aren’t distracting at night.

Topography of the Lot

Knowing the topography and the natural and artificial physical features, of your lot, we will be able to determine what extra work needs to be done before the building process begins. If the lot has a lot of rocks and trees, work will need to be done to remove them. This will add onto the overall cost of your custom home, so remember this before choosing the lot. Make sure your builder examines the lot for utilities. If they aren’t already present, will they be able to run plumbing and electricity to your home? Be aware connecting costs, which vary according to the local jurisdiction, yet is an added investment to hook up your lot.

Visualize Your New Home on the Lot

Imagine your home on the lot you’ve picked. How does it look? Do you have enough room in the front yard for the garden you’ve always wanted?

Know the dimensions you want for your home so you can determine the footprint of it on the lot. When we create your plan together, our knowledge, expertise and advice about your custom home on the land is unparalleled.

Think about the characteristics of the lot. How close are you to neighbors? What views do you have from the house? What will be beside you, and what will be behind you. This can vary greatly depending on where your lot is located, whether that be in an open area with no development, or on an open lot in a growing neighborhood.

There are many advantages and disadvantages to every lot, but in the end, it matters what you want to see in your new custom home. This is where Picasso excels. Helping you to bring your vision to life so that you can begin to see it before the process actually starts.

Contact us today to begin your journey!