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Maximize the potential for your Texas land and custom dream home

KOX Main Pic (1)For many people, the idea of buying a great piece of land and building a custom home is a dream. Still others may be overwhelmed by the choices ahead of them. A few tips from New Home Source for building on your lot can help you maximize the potential for your Texas land and custom dream home.

“When you speak to homeowners who’ve had the opportunity to build on their lot, most will tell you that selecting a favorite piece of land and then designing and building a home that fully leverages the unique topography and views of the lot is a deeply rewarding experience,” said New Home Source.

The first step for homebuyers considering a land purchase: “a careful assessment of the feasibility and cost to build on that parcel of land” because undeveloped or remote land can be unbuildable at worst, expensive and unwieldy to make buildable at best.

In deciding where you want to build, consider the location (Do you want to be in a lake community, in the Texas Hill Country, in a college town?), the size of the home and lot, remote location or master-planned community with amenities and protective covenants, and your price point.

Then, it’s time to “consult an experienced builder with local knowledge and strong build-on-your-lot expertise,” said New Home Source. “According to experts at David Weekley Homes, it can be surprising (and not readily apparent to a homebuyer) how much additional site work may be required to make a particular lot buildable.” David Weekley is also one of two builders partnering with SouthStar Communities and Vintage Oaks to build a new neighborhood of homes at The Reserve featuring pre-selected designs in the Texas Hill Country’s fastest-selling community.

With many difficult decisions behind you, it’s now time to choose an individual lot. Even in master-planned communities, some lots will be easier to build on than others. And not all will provide the topography and view potential you have in mind for your custom dream home. It’s also possible some lots will require more work than others. Consulting with a builder or a qualified sales professional who knows the community and the available land will help paint a whole picture.

When choosing a builder to construct your custom home, here are New Home Source’s Four Things to Look for:

- Choose a builder who has a depth of experience in building on the type of land you are purchasing. If you are buying in a master-planned community like Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake, DFW’s premier lake community; King Oaks, offering the ideal combination of Bryan-College Station convenience and serene surroundings, or Vintage Oaks, the ultimate expression of Texas Wine Country living, master-planned developer SouthStar Communities can help.

- “Select a builder that offers a variety of floor plans” you can choose from or adapt to your lot if you are working with a builder that offer pre-designed options.

- “Choose a builder that has enough buying power to ensure you receive the best prices for high quality goods. Such savings are passed on to the homebuyer, including purchase price of appliances, light fixtures, and flooring.”

- Whether you are working with a builder that has a “build on your lot” program in your community of choice or are bringing in your own custom builder, make sure you work with a company “that will stand behind the home, and one with an industry-standard warranty.

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