Home ownership is a dream of many Americans. It means putting down roots, both physically and metaphorically. If you have a family, then you might envision a dream home built on the lot of your choice where you can raise a family, including a dog or cat to run around in the backyard.
Building on your lot can offer geographic benefits like picturesque views or a location convenient to work, school, and shopping. The idea of building on land that you buy might sound like an expensive venture. The reality is that there are brand new homes for every range of new home budget. Here are some options:
Building on existing land – If you already own a piece of land, then you are one step closer to living your dream. If you do not yet own a piece of land, then contact a home builder or real estate agent with a specialty in the purchase of land.
Using architectural services – Depending on the size of your budget and how much you want to customize the home you plan to build, you may wish to hire the services of an architect to transform your wish list into a set of working blueprints.
Inspiration from floorplans – If you have ever performed a Google search for FLOORPLANS then you know there is an endless supply that you can use to get ideas. While these plans cannot be used for building your actual home, the builder can get a complete set from the publisher for construction purposes.
Using a builder – This is highly recommended as the builder has an array of floorplans from which you can choose. This saves you having to buy them from an outside source, such as the internet. These floorplans satisfy a wide range of elevations and the best part is that they are all customizable to suit the individual needs of your family.
Touring a model home is another great way to get ideas for what you want in your family’s new home. This is especially helpful if you can tour the model home built by the builder that you plan to use. This will give you an idea of one possible layout, inspiration for customization and upgrades, and tangible examples of the quality of work performed by the workers.
The two main factors that will help make your decision are time and money. If you have a specific time frame that you have to be in your new home, and are working with a challenging budget, then using a builder is the way to go. Using their floorplans makes the overall price more budget-friendly, and they can itemize options for customization to make sure everything stays within the budget as well.