Before You Build

Top 10 things you need to know

One of the most common mistakes before building is not to do your research prior to purchasing a set of plans.

We have created a simple check list for you to follow so you choose a house plan that can be built on your lot.

1. Determine if your lot is plotted

    • Is the lot plotted? Can you legally build on it?
    • Get a recent survey of the property. It will give you specific information about the lot, such as legal boundaries, easements, water surfaces, zoning, among other data.

3. Look for your zoning regulations

    • Depending on the zoning, you will have restrictions you should see before choosing your house plan. Such as:
    • Setbacks, maximum lot coverage, maximum square footage and maximum building height.

5. Local environmental factors

    • It’s important to check if your land sits within a zone prone to flooding, or other common natural disasters.

7. General Codes

    • A Building code – also referred to as building control or building regulations – is a set of rules by which a construction project needs to abide.
    • Look for your jurisdiction current building code model.

9. Check your budget

    • While reviewing plans, keep in mind the construction cost may increase, based upon location, size and finish out cost.

2. Check the zoning of the lot

    • Research the zoning of the parcel to ensure that you can build a house on it.

4. Consider your lot physical features

    • Know the size and shape of your lot, check the sun orientation, and the existing conditions of the land.

6. Utility easements

    • Is there currently utility installations on your lot?
    • Depending on the state of the utility easements, your jurisdiction may require you to upgrade them prior to building.
    • Such installations include:
      • Water line, phone line, plumbing, gas or electricity.

8. Specific Codes

    • Revise if your lot is on a conservation, historical or home owner’s association area. This will have additional guide lines to follow.

10. Look for a house plan

    • The final step is choosing a design you like. Here are some tips to help you find the best floor plans that meet your needs.
      • Maximum width and length of the house.
      • Maximum square footage.
      • How many stories do you need?
      • What type of design are you looking for?
      • How many rooms, bathrooms?

Disclaimer: This is a general overview of a basic checklist and does not assume any liability for our checklist in the event of any errors or misinformation. You must research your jurisdiction to ensure compliance of your specific project. No building permit is guaranteed until final approval by the building official or its representatives is granted.

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