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How To Choose A Plot of Land to Build your Custom Home

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Building a custom home is a dream for many. However, finding the perfect plot of land to build upon is just as important as designing the house itself!

This is especially true if you’re considering plots in the beautiful Gulf Coast region of Florida, particularly in the towns of Englewood, North Port and Port Charlotte. There are several unique considerations you’ll need to keep in mind as you search.

Geography and Climate

Florida's Gulf Coast region is renowned for its gorgeous beaches, serene landscapes and unique wildlife. However, the region is also prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. To protect yourself and your new home, understanding the local geography and climate should be your primary concern.

Look for plots elevated from sea level, and always consider the property’s need for flood insurance. Features such as large trees can be hazardous if not cleared, and terrain sloping toward the desired location of your home will only increase risk of flooding. A land surveyor can help you assess these factors and determine how much work the property will need before it’s ready for building.

Zoning and Building Regulations

Ensure that the land you choose is zoned for residential use and is not restricted by any future development plans. Also, check for any height restrictions or regulations regarding the house's distance from the street and neighboring properties. If your plot is in a designated flood zone, which is quite common on the Gulf Coast, you'll have to follow additional regulations. These may include requirements for elevating your home above a certain level to protect against flood damage.

Charlotte and Sarasota counties have jurisdiction over Port Charlotte, North Port and Englewood, so they would be the authorities to check with first regarding any building codes.

Availability of Utilities

While the idea of building a home in a secluded spot might seem appealing, you’ll need to account for utilities. Unless you want to spend a pretty penny on running certain utilities out to your location, it's crucial to ensure that they are easily accessible.

Check for the availability of electricity, water, and sewer services. In more remote areas, you may need to dig a well or install a septic system. Being aware of the work necessary before you’ve settled on a property will ensure that you don’t go over budget.

Connectivity and Accessibility

Your plot’s location can significantly impact your lifestyle. Too remote, and you could be facing a long drive just to do a quick grocery run.

Consider the land’s proximity to essential amenities such as schools, hospitals, grocery stores and other places you plan to frequent. Accessibility to major roads should also factor into your decision, particularly if you commute daily for work.

Get Expert Help Picking Your Lot and Building Your Dream Home

Capitol Homes not only helps you design and build your dream home, but also assists in selecting the right lot. As local specialists in the towns of Englewood, North Port and Port Charlotte, we can help you find a property that is perfectly suited to your lifestyle, budget and desired design. Our experienced team is well-versed with the local geography, neighborhoods, zoning laws and all building regulations that apply.

You’ll be guided through every step of the process, ensuring a smooth journey to your new build. We invite you to read more about our unique process of buying a custom home, as well as view our luxurious floor plans. With the right plot of land and our dedicated team, you can count on a beautiful beginning here on Florida’s Gulf Coast!