Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing The Right Home Plan For Your Plot Of Land

Posted on: 16 March 2019

If you have recently purchased a small plot of land and plan on building a new home on it, then you need to consider your home plans carefully. However, in your eagerness to pick something out and to get the home built, you may miss some important details that you are likely to regret in the long run. Keep reading to learn about a few of them.

Not Looking At The Overall Lot Dimensions

If you have a small lot to work with, then you may want the biggest home you can fit on the property. And, while it does make sense to make the most of what you have, you may make the mistake of picking out a home plan that simply does not meet your needs in regard to outdoor property. For example, you will legally need about 10 feet between each home or even more depending on your local jurisdiction. And, you must have at least five feet free in front of your home. So, speak with your home builder about this. 

If you want a small yard, either in front or in back of your home, then you are going to want to look at the exact dimensions of your property and then figure out how the home plan fits in relation to your yard needs. It is best to work with a planner who can work up a CAD drawing with different options of where your home can sit on the land.

And, if you find that the drawing does not give you enough yard space, then think about using more horizontal than vertical space. 

Forgetting About Slope

Most plots of land are not completely flat, and this means they are sloped or hilly. You are going to want to look at this slope and first decide if you want to retain the natural structure of the property. If you do not, then you will need to have an excavation crew come in to either add or remove dirt to grade the area. 

If you like the natural landscaping and slope of the land, then you may need to choose a home plan that makes the most of it. For example, you can pick a split-level home or choose one with a daylight basement for construction on a sloped area. Keep in mind that driveways, pools, and other features also must be chosen carefully on these types of property. 

For more information about home plans, consult with a realtor near you.