Mapping the Target Area for Your House

Suppose you have listed down ideas for your dream house. You and your prospective house builder have the budget and material breakdowns hammered out so far. One thing remains, though, for the project to push through: where will the house be built? Take note of the following before answering that question:

Legal Mumbo Jumbo

If you have a site in mind, ask your contractor about the zoning laws in effect there. Important provisions to look for will concern types of materials, maximum height, and distance from property lines, among others. Research further on rules regarding expansion areas if you are designing the house with the intention of adding more structures.

On the Ground

Living in your prospective area requires feeling the lay of the land first-hand. Have a surveyor analyze the property with you and record precise measurements on slope, elevation, and environmental conditions at the location. Testing the soil as well may determine if the area is stable enough for a house to be built over it– for example, if the prospect house is to be in a plot with good views of the coast, is the area protected against soil erosion? Some landscaping specialists claim that if there are natural features on the property, you should find ways to integrate them into the project instead of removing them.

A house that was built on a good plot of land may be a prime property later on. It’s even better when the place has a fine view.


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