(Originally Published September 19th, 2012)
New construction is set to boom over the next several years, and you’re likely to consider it when making a move. In Northern Colorado, we have been lacking available new construction homes for several years, and we need to catch up by building at a furious pace. Along with being able to chose most aspects of your home’s design and finishes, you can also be highly involved in the planning process as well. Understanding what is most important when selecting your new construction home site in Northern Colorado can make all the difference with your final product. Keep these tips in mind when you start the process:
The elevation change, relief or gradation will play a large role in the initial design of your home. Some buyers want a walkout basement, but the site will need to slope to accommodate it. If there is a large elevation change within your lot, you may only be able to utilize a ranch design, rather than a two story. Keep that in mind before the lot is built.
There are a few well known locational advantages to look for when picking your lot in a neighborhood: near amenities (pool or park), corner lot, backing to a greenbelt, end of cul-de-sacs or unobstructed views. Sometimes these lots will carry a lot premium, so keep that in mind. However, a $5,000 premium on the buy side, could result in a huge value when selling.
Believe it or not, how you orient your home can make your home feel more comfortable and save you money in the long run. Taking advantage of incoming light will brighten your home, and make it feel more comfortable. On top of that, if you’re able to utilize the heat of the sun during the winter and shade during the summer months, your utility bills can be very advantageous. In Northern Colorado, it makes sense to have some nice southern exposure for extra heat in the winter time.
There is no point in having a large lot if it is poorly shaped. Awkward angles or long skinny lots really limit your eventual options when designing your home. It can result in a large unusable portion of yard, or an orientation that increases your utility costs – heating, cooling and irrigation.
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