Perhaps you inherited a small section of farm land, or purchased acreage in a remote location, and you plan to build a home on your own land. When the time comes, you’d like to build your dream house. There are many benefits to owning your own rural or even remote lot in the country. One huge benefit is limited zoning and other restrictions. While your house is still subject to code, and basic inspections, the scrutiny is much less than it would be within the city limits, or in a subdivision. Building a home on your own land is a great opportunity to build anything you want.
In most subdivisions and city neighborhoods, there are many restrictions involving the size of your home. The size of homes in subdivisions is defined and one must not deviate beyond the stated range. Plus the home must fit on a small lot, with restrictions on how close your home can be to the edge. These restrictions effectively prohibit building small and adding on, in sub-divisions and on city lots. On rural or remote acreage there is plenty of space and comparatively few rules. There are many benefits to building small and adding on, including the savings on interest, utilities and construction costs. If your dream is to build a unique style of home, or an unusually large home, a rural lot allows those sorts of freedoms to.
Your best chance to build a truly unique green structure using alternative green materials, techniques and styles is to build it on a rural lot. You may still meet with some difficulties from building inspectors and the loan officers. It would be a good idea to bring in a green construction contractor, with considerable expertise in the type of home you want if you intend to get a loan. The other choice would be to use your own savings to build the home.
There are many types of shell kits available to build unique homes on your own land. You can also get a general contractor to build a traditional shell. Building a kit or shell on your own lot is a great option, if you are a do-it-yourselfer. There are several options on how to handle contractors on a shell or kit home. The first option would involve the kit dealer installing the shell kit on your foundation, after which time you would complete the interior of the home. If the kit or shell dealer does not offer this service, the second option is to hire a general contractor for the early phases of construction only. The general contractor will then be responsible for the foundation, framing, roof, electrical, plumbing, exterior siding. Then he will sign the home over to you to complete.
The third option would be to be your own general contractor, taking responsibility for hiring all the subcontractors. It would be up to you to decide which tasks you could complete on your own, and which tasks you would assign to contractors. You would be responsible for hiring and scheduling all the workers. Another option would be to have a general contractor complete the home.
The options are endless when you have a rural lot. You can choose the materials, the size, and the style of your home. There is a lot more freedom in choosing what type of house to build a home on your own land, especially if you don’t need a large loan.