Nov 30, 2020

Build a Custom Home On Your Lot With the Help of a Custom Home Builder

Whether you already own a lot, have a piece of property in mind, or need help finding the perfect location, partnering with a custom home builder is the first step to bringing your vision to reality. With years of experience, market knowledge and established relationships with local trade partners, custom home builders can offer support and guidance every step of the way, providing professional advice on things such as:

Finding your lot

With so many options available, from growing suburban neighbourhoods to secluded, rural areas and everything in between, the choices of location are limitless. While you may already have an idea of the kind of land you’d like to build on, there are a lot of things to consider before construction can begin, such as slope or flatness of the land, topography, zoning restrictions and many more. It’s a good idea to consult with a professional custom home builder early in the process. A home builder is your most valuable resource for input and knowledge and can help you save a lot of time, money and stress in the long-run.

Zoning, Permitting & Other Restrictions

It’s hard not to get swept up in the vision of your future home, but it’s important to ensure that the lot you choose can accommodate the custom home you want to build on it. Zoning laws dictate what you can and can’t do with the land you purchased or how you can develop on an existing lot. A custom home builder that is well-versed in bylaw and zoning regulations can help you navigate through zoning requirements before purchasing a lot, helping you to minimize the risk of unexpected expenditures, property maintenance issues and the safety of you and your loved ones.

Examining the topography

The typography of your land impacts where and how you build your home. Topographical features are physical traits that can impede the buildable area of a property. This can include steep slopes, trees and shrubbery, unstable fill conditions, erosion, ravines or rivers, to name a few. Before you purchase the lot, consult with a local home builder that is familiar with the Vancouver Island terrain and weather to determine if any physical features on the site are going to cost you additional time and money. For example, there may be additional excavation required to ensure your foundation is structurally sound, or additional land clearance required if your lot is in a flood-prone area. Gaining this knowledge early on will help you better prepare your budget and timeline.

Take advantage of natural features

You may have fallen in love with your lot for the amazing views it offers. As an expert in design and construction, a custom home builder can help advise you on creating a floor plan that will showcase these amazing natural features. For example, a single-family home may be custom built to have a wall of windows that take in incredible views of the ocean or mountain ranges. If you’re incorporating energy-efficient features such as solar panels, a home builder can advise you on how your home should be situated on the lot to ensure you receive optimal sun exposure. Or, if you want your home to feature an ample amount of natural light, a custom home builder will help you design a home plan that ensures your most frequently-used rooms see plenty of sunlight while other rooms, such as your garage or laundry, receive less.

Vancouver Island Custom Home Builders

Are you interested in building a custom home on your property? Westmark has over 30 years of experience designing and building custom homes of all sizes and styles across Vancouver Island. Whether you already have a lot or need help finding the perfect piece of land, Westmark is an all-in-one custom home builder that can help you build and design the home of your dreams. For a closer look at our custom homes, take a peek at our custom home portfolio.