Location sets up home layout
Infill projects can be beautiful and really enhance mature neighbourhoods. However, how and where they are placed on the lot will determine how much you enjoy the house over the years. Supplied
Usually, when someone thinks of building a custom home, there seems to be a lot of focus on having the perfect layout, as well as selecting the best finishes and colours. Although these are important, a bigger decision to make before getting into the home design is deciding where to build your home.
It is difficult to plan a layout if you don’t know which direction your windows will face or how wide the lot will be. When choosing the right property there are a few key things to consider.
Do you want to be in the city or away from the city? Being in town gives you the convenience of services such as city water and sewer. It also means you have access to shopping, schools and possibly bring you closer to work.
Choosing a property even a short drive away from the city can have its advantages too. Having more land, a quieter setting and more options for choosing a house plan, in terms of width and depth, making the longer drive to the city more appealing. A common complaint of living in town is noise and small yards. Although there are many quiet neighbourhoods with large yards in Camrose, they tend to be in the older areas and not vacant lots.
Which direction do you want to face?
Do you prefer the morning sun or the evening sun? When choosing a property to build your dream home, you want to get the most out of our sunny days. If you are an avid gardener, you want to ensure your yard gets the proper sun. If you enjoy the sun beaming in while you drink your morning coffee, you want to choose a lot that allows you to have your patio or breakfast nook facing east.
A property with a slope should allow you to build a home with a walkout basement. Properties with the capability of having a walkout basement are very desirable, which is why these properties are usually more expensive. Walkout basements don’t feel like your traditional basements that usually have smaller windows and limited access to your yard.
Every property has its own distinct characteristics, whether it’s treed, flat, hilly, or wide open; each one will have pros and cons.
When it comes to finding the right property, you need to start with what type of home you’re thinking of building, you’re not going to be looking at city lots and expect to build a wide sprawling ranch style bungalow —that just won’t work.
The first thing you should do is consider the style of home you want and the rough square footage you desire. This will also ultimately help determine the cost of the home.
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