Six Items to Consider When Building Your Custom Dream Home on Your Own Lot


Evaluating your new home building site is just as exciting and important as choosing your custom home. It may feel like a daunting task to evaluate a piece of property for its building suitability, but knowing the basics of land selection will help you make the decision. At America’s Home Place, our building consultants are trained to assess the suitability of land to your custom home. But you can be more prepared if you know about the following six considerations.

1. Walk the Line: Know What You Are Buying:

It’s always advisable to walk the property and see where its lines begin and end. Try to visualize your new custom home within the property’s parameters. Ask your building consultant to accompany you and ask questions about your land’s suitability and feasibility for sustaining your custom home. The best way to do this is to find the 1- or 2-inch metal survey stakes at the corners of the property.

2. What Easements Exist On The Property?

An easement is a certain right to use the real property of another without possessing it. In the case of your custom home, this may affect access, position of your home and even access to utilities. If your property is “land locked” by other pieces of property, you will need an easement to build a driveway.

3. Setback Requirements for Your Home

Ask your building consultant or your local building municipality for information about “setback laws.”  Setbacks are the distances you cannot build within from the perimeter of your property. These will vary from state to state or even county to county. For example, in some rural areas home must be built 100 feet from the road, specific distances from adjoining lots and specific distances from septic systems. In urban settings setbacks are often less.

4. Well & Septic vs. Municipal Sewer and Water

Verify with your local building codes whether or not your property is served by municipal sewer and water. Discuss the costs and feasibility of hooking in to these services. If municipal sewer and water are not available, get an estimate for the cost to install the septic system and drill a well.

5. Know the Slope: Walking in the Rain

The slope of a piece of land is important when evaluating its suitability for your new custom home. Having a close look at it during rainy conditions is helpful. Make note of the low spots where rain water accumulates. The key is to find and/or excavate a place for the building site where standing water pockets do not compromise the foundation. A skilled building consultant can help you visualize this.

6. See the Forest and the Trees

Having trees on your building lot can provide some significant character to your finished custom home. But consider where the trees are. Are their root systems a threat to your home’s foundation or septic system? Are the trees healthy? What species are they? Will your soft pine forest fall on your home during and ice storm? Will the leaves of your hardwoods provide shade or block sunlight? If some trees have to be cleared, how much will that impact the cost of developing your land? Ask and get answers to these questions before buying that wooded lot.

Building your new custom home with Americas Homer Place is a lot like doing business with a neighbor whom you’ve known for years and can trust implicitly. That’s because we are. Our custom home building centers are located in the cities and towns where we build our homes. We employ local craftsman to build our homes, so chances are you will know the people who are working on your home.

We are very proud of the fact that 3 out of 5 customers who build a new custom home with us make the following recommendation to their friends and neighbors: “Choose Americas Home Place.”





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