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4 Lot Characteristics to Value When Purchasing for a Custom Home

The lot on which your dream home is built is nearly as important as your home itself, and it’s the first step to making your dream home a reality. While planning for your dream home is an exciting process, it’s important to be deliberate as you make decisions prior to building. Here are four characteristics to consider as you search for the ideal location.

  Custom home built by Gordon James in Watyzata

1. Location

Make a wish list of everything you want in the ideal location of your new home.

  • Do you prefer a quiet suburban neighborhood or do you enjoy an urban setting?
  • What school district do you want to live in?
  • How long are you willing to commute?
  • How close are you to groceries and outlets?

Based on your criteria, research, and find areas you think would match your family’s lifestyle. Drive around those neighborhoods and towns to discover whether or not your family would enjoy living there.


2. Size and Style

Consider the style and size of the home you want and how it would blend into the neighborhood. In some neighborhoods, there are regulations that detail certain architectural guidelines, square footage, materials, and easements. It’s best to consider and understand these regulations before you purchase a lot so you end up with the custom home you envisioned.

 3. Budget

Your lot price should be about 35-40% of the total cost of your custom home. Examine the lot’s price and see if it fits into your budget. Always look at other options within the neighborhood to make sure you are paying a reasonable amount for the lot.

Gordon James team with client in Orono  

 4. Partnerships

The best way to secure a new lot that will fit your family and your vision for a custom home is by working with a professional. A custom home builder, like those at Gordon James, can help you find the right lot in the right neighborhood.

Before you purchase a property, invite Gordon James to a walk-through with you. Involving your home builder from the start of your custom home project will save you lots of mistakes, disappointments, and headaches.


Partner with Gordon James and Discover Your Custom Home

Partner with the professional Minnesota home builders, Gordon James, to start searching for the perfect lot for your dream home. Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.