Building Your Dream Home on Vacant Land
Building your new home completely from scratch on a plot of vacant land is an ideal way to make sure that your new home is absolutely unique and custom, perfectly designed to suit both your design tastes and lifestyle. However, looking for a vacant lot to build on isn't as simple as it may seem. There are many factors to consider, many of which you may not know about if you haven't bought a vacant lot before. Below is a list of some of those factors:
Zoning: It is important to know that the land you are considering is zoned residential and if so what the restrictions for that type of residential zoning are. It is also important to know the zoning for any vacant land around the lot you are looking at.
Neighborhood Restrictions: Most residential neighborhoods have deed restrictions that dictate the lot setbacks and the design of the house including it's size, type and even the color of house. It is very important to know these before you purchase a lot.
Environmental Conditions: If the lot you are looking at has not already been fully cleared and developed, it is critical to find out if any environmental conditions that would limit the building of a new home on the site. Two of the most common environmental conditions are wetlands and endangered species.
Topographical Conditions: A topographical survey will show the height of the land and the drainage patterns. This is very important to find out how much site work will be required for the lot and what needs to be done for proper drainage.
Subsoil Conditions: Many lots, particularly those locate on the water, have soil conditions that need to be repaired before a house can be built over them. We always recommend soil testing before building on any lot. This can determine if there is loose soil, muck or other conditions that make it unfit to build on. Most of these conditions can be resolved but are costly.
Water Lots: Water front lots have many restrictions that do not apply to other lots. Ocean front lots generally need approval to build from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the location of any building on an ocean front lot is greatly determined by the location of the new and old coastal construction lines. River front lots generally have greater setbacks than other lots.
There are a lot of things to consider and look for when you are deciding which lot to choose from. We have been developing and evaluating lots in Brevard County for over 34 years. Please give us a call to help with your lot before you consider going to contract on the lot. We can help you make sure that the lot is suitable for your needs and that there are no surprises.
Choosing your piece of land
1. Before you start to view land
Although it is tempting to just get going and start looking at available vacant lots, the process will go that much more smoothly if you first establish your requirements.
It is also important to consider the direction that the lot faces, and how this would affect the orientation of your home. Do you dream of sitting on the back porch, sipping your morning coffee as you watch the sun rise over the water? If so, you need to find a lot that faces east towards the water.
Another important factor to consider is restrictive covenants and easements. Restrictive covenants are legal restrictions put in place by housing associations for lots within their communities. These can potentially restrict many aspects of your lifestyle, such as the number and size of your pets or the colors used for the exterior of your new home. An easement governs access by others across the piece of land, for example access to the ocean. Make sure that lots on your viewing short list have covenants and easements you can live with.
Finally, it is important to find out about the city's plans for the land and its surroundings. Make sure that there are no major new highways or other potentially adverse developments planned for the area.
2. Viewing vacant lots
Actually viewing potential sites for your new home is a lot of fun, especially when you find somewhere you can really imagine building your new home. However, it's still important to think about some more practical considerations, which we will discuss now.
Often, there are no fences or other boundaries around a piece of vacant land. This means that it is important to be absolutely sure about the true extent of the lot you are viewing. When there are no physical borders, a lot may appear much bigger than it actually is, and it's always good to have a clear map showing the lot to prevent future dispute. Check out which part of the lot is buildable, and if that area is big enough for your new home. Mark out where your home would actually be and make sure that you are happy with the views and outlook from the house. There's little point buying a lot with a fabulous view, if you are not legally allowed to build your house to take advantage of the view!
If you are still interested in the lot, consider whether or not it already has access to utilities such as electricity, sewer and water. If there is not already access, you will need to budget for the additional expense of bringing them to the lot. Similarly, look at whether or not the land is already smooth and flat, suitable for building. If it is rough or sloping, you may need to pay to have additional soil brought in to level it enough to enable construction.
With coastal or waterfront property in Florida, flooding is always a concern. The owner of the lot should be able to provide you with a survey, which will show whether or not the lot is located in or near a flood plain. If so, you will need to budget for additional flood insurance once your dream home is constructed.
When you find the perfect lot for your new dream home, please let Charles Boyd Construction, Inc. evaluate it before you commit yourself. We can determine if the lot has any problems and if you will be able to build the type of house you are looking for on the lot.
Visit the link below for a complete list of the vacant lots available in Brevard County and be sure to call Charles Boyd Construction, Inc. to assist you in evaluating the lots for your building needs.