Gordon James

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Finding Property For Your Custom Home

Building a dream home can be one of the most exciting events in your lifetime. Nothing compares to walking into every room in your home, knowing that it’s your creation, exactly as you imagined. But this process all begins with finding the right property to build on. Additionally, there’s more to locating that ideal lot and picturing your home there. Too many future homeowners have learned the hard way that simple oversights can lead to unwelcome surprises down the road. Here are some of the most important factors to consider while scouting for property for your custom home.

An example of a Gordon James custom home on a unique lot.

Zoning and Utilities

The first thing you should determine before purchasing a property is its zoning designation. Zoning regulations determine how properties can be used, and what you can build on them. If a plot is not zoned as “residential,” you won’t be able to use it for your dream home. Because this is such a show-stopper, it should be the very first thing you look into. After zoning designation, utilities are going to be a big concern. Urban areas have more immediate access to utilities such as electric lines and sewer systems, but this is not the case for undeveloped land. Consider the costs and challenges associated with gaining access to these utilities. While the developed property is more expensive, the cost of having to get these utilities in place could leave you with a higher bill.

A Gordon James home on scouted property.

The topography of the Property

When considering a lot, it is very important to consider where your home will be in relation to a floodplain, as homes tend not to do well underwater. Additionally, you will want to get a soil test performed to ensure the ground is suitable for a home’s foundation. A home’s foundation shifting can spell disaster for the home in years to come. Lastly, getting a survey to determine the risk for sinkhole formation is a very good idea. Sinkholes are a very real threat that can consume a home. Being proactive and making sure your home is safe from natural disasters should be among your top priorities.

A beautiful custom home from Gordon James on chosen property.


The view you have from your home is an important consideration. When looking at a property, take the time to walk around and look at it from every angle. Many people immediately find a spot that they like on their property and start building there. A lot of these homeowners discover better viewing spots on their property years after building, and regret not having taken the time to look around in the beginning. Also, consider the surrounding properties. Does your view contain a large quantity of vacant land that is pleasant to look at? What happens when someone purchases that property and starts building? Use a bit of foresight and determine if your view is likely to change, and how much of an impact it will have on your home experience.

A custom home from Gordon James on selected property.

Making the Dream Home a Reality

From zoning issues to natural disasters, simple oversights in choosing the right property, in the beginning, can turn your world upside down. Having an idea of what to watch out for is going to allow you to focus on what matters most: customizing your dream home to be the best it can be. Gordon James Construction offers premier home construction and remodeling services. Every client has a vision, and we are committed to seeing their ideas become reality. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117 today.