You have decided to build your Colorado dream home from the ground up and you can’t wait to get started. There’s just one question – do you need to find the lot or the builder first? Here are considerations that will help you find and build the home of your dreams.
All About the Neighborhood
As with any home purchase, location is a huge factor in your decision. Proximity to schools, commute for work, community opportunities, access to major cities – all these are things you need to consider beforehand. Once you have found your ideal neighborhood, a site visit is an absolute must as you get to know the surrounding areas to your lot and review items like road access and property conditions. Depending on the season your lot will look different so it’s important to picture how your home will sit when it is no longer shaded by surrounding trees, or whether it has northern exposure.
The benefit of using a builder who knows the area is they can tell you not only about the features of master planned communities, such as hiking or biking trails, parks, proximity to towns and schools, they can also help you with details down to the view from your deck and where the best place is to let in the sunlight or watch the sunset.
Don’t Break the Bank
Using a builder that has already worked in your future neighborhood can help you keep your budget in line as they already know what potential extra expenses may come up, due to soil conditions, utilities, or unforeseen circumstances. A builder can help you navigate everything from lot preparation to selection of home materials. Do you need to do tree removal or build a driveway? Does your builder use energy efficient materials that will help keep your future costs down and save you money? Are there hills or valleys on your lot that will affect water flow in the spring?
A good builder will also have the insight to help you select a floor plan that is good for the location. They can help you decide on the right number of rooms, floors, layout, colors and more. They will have insight to what has worked well in the past and have concrete examples to show you to help with inspiration and planning.
Selecting a lot without first having a builder in mind is one option, however we suggest that you first find a neighborhood and a home builder company that inspires trust and can help guide you through the process of creating your home. You will live there for years so you want to make sure it’s done right.
Saint Aubyn Homes offers premier locations to build your new home in Northern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Region. We would love to discuss your plans and how we can help you build your new, beautiful, energy-efficient home that will stand the test of time. Contact our team today!