It can be a lot of fun to choose your log home building location, but in many ways it is extremely important. This is where you’ll spend a lot of quality time enjoying the luxury you’ve dreamed of in the Log Home lifestyle. You’ll want to avoid unnecessary additional costs that may be applied to your bottom line by a poor choice of building sites. Many are going to look for a lot or a lot of land and then walk their potential future home before they find a place “just feel right.” Fine… Many of us have connected that soul to our “little piece of heaven,” too. But……but… You may not have taken some very important factors into consideration minimizing extra costs. Big bucks! Smart Foundation Systems
Even if you are planning on living there forever… For many reasons, you’ll want to choose the best construction site for your Log Home or cabin. The old saying: location… location… location, in every real estate market, is very relevant. So carefully learning all you can about the general area, what the long-term economic development plan is, what changes in zoning can impact your property values, and what the anticipated increase in home equity values will be in the coming years, are just a few of the most important factors when choosing the right building site for your new custom log home or cabin. You will also want to consider the costs of construction, irrigation, access to the road, electricity supply and also energy efficiency. It is widely accepted that the best view is to the southwest side of your home with the most windows. It may not always be feasible but the heating and cooling costs would result in additional savings each year. The cost saving difference can range from 350.00 to 1500.00 per annum.
If you’re planning to build on a basement you’ll want to take good drainage, water tables, septic standards, limitations, patterns, etc. If you are planning a “walk-out” basement location, you will need to consider installing a 18″-24 “deep drainage buffer or” French Drain “to insure that any water can be drained from the basement walls of the basement. Upon request your realtor will provide you with this information. DO NOT attempt to dump a basement (or a subterranean basement) into a cavity with (4) sides. It’s been most homeowners ‘ experience that with this situation this will likely cause flooding problems. Stick to a (3) side walkout basement with the above drainage style and you’ll prevent most of these issues.
Spending a little more on purchasing property that has a construction site that would need less “dirt work” and have less drainage, erosion, and septic problems will potentially save you thousands in the long term.
What are the costs of predevelopment?
These costs refer to what it will take to install utilities, build the driveway or access road, the costs of well and septic installation, and the cost of excavation for a foundation, etc. All these costs can vary so much that before committing to a home site purchase you’ll want to do some extra homework. Let me explain: If, as I have seen, the proposed construction site has solid rock, you may need to blast just to get far enough for a basement, if you want one. That can be very expensive.
You will also need to have a perk test done to determine what sort of septic system is needed. You may spend the average 2500.00 -3500.00 on a standard septic system, or if your site is inadequate for that, it will need some form of system, and those costs may easily exceed $15,000.00. Just be careful, and get your realtor’s written documentation on these things.