There is nothing more rewarding than enjoying a new home you’ve earned, on your property. Seems like a day dream, and in this scenario, everything should be perfect, right? Well, there’s a lot more to it than just setting your new home, or foundation, in any old spot on your land! Here you will find the top 5 tips in siting your house in the most functioning and comfortable spot of land.
- A big one would be the slope of the land you’re building or setting your new home on. Is it slanted? Are there dips/hills/soft spots to avoid? Being uphill will typically require a more expensive and intricate sewer hookup. Also, if you’re downhill some things to consider are how will the hill itself affect your view? And will it be an issue when it comes to rainy seasons? Figuring out the topography of your land before youbuild will save you a lot of hassle and money if you can set your home in specific areas.
- Taking it back to a small point made in #1, the view from your home plays into the placement on the property as well. If you are located on hilly land, is your view obstructed to just the hills? How will the sun rise and set through where you’ve decided to put windows? It is also good to be future-minded in this aspect as well. Neighborhoods are ever changing, is the spot you put your home going to keep its nice views throughout the years? It’s difficult to tell what will last through that time, but a good example of this is in a rural setting. Imagine siting your home with the perfect positioning to see your neighbor’s beautiful garden and greenhouses, only to be sold after a few years and be replaced with a more commercial nursery – leaving your view with miles of white tents.
- Do your research on typical weather patterns for the area you’re looking to build on. If the area is at high risk for fast and sometimes rough winds, you may want to build near trees or large hedges to help break up the wind. Even if these elements aren’t large yet, they will grow or can be replanted in crucial points of the home after it’s been set.
- Do you eventually plan on building more on the house? Maybe a bigger garage, or a shed, or even a basement. Will the ground you build on support a new level underground? Would you want your shed up on a hill and out of the way? Maybe even a mother-in-law apartment for visiting family. If you start out with a specific house plan for JUST your home and nothing else for in the future, it could leave you with limited space and not enough breathing room for future projects.
- And finally, talk to a professional!!! Although there are many DIY videos and articles out there for building rooms to building entire homes, this is something that you should get a professional opinion on. This is something they deal with every day, so their insight is crucial and important to the longevity and live-ability of your future home.