In Chapter 1 Your House on Your Lot of our web series Building a Custom Home in North Carolina, we are going to start from the ground and work our way up.

The first part of building a house is figuring out where you want to live. Sounds simple enough, right? Generally speaking, there is much more that goes into finding the ideal lot to plop your dream home onto than just whether it sits on Lake Norman. Things to consider include, grading issues (the lot is never EVER flat), drainage issues, well and septic setbacks (make sure you understand what goes into tapping water for your lot, this process can get costly). Not to mention what amenities are available in each prospective neighborhood.

Another thing to remember if you want to build a home is that it is always a good idea to have the builder walk the lot with you. This gives them a good idea of what they are dealing with. In turn, they will be able to give you a more accurate description of what you can expect and possible issues that could surface during the custom home building process. This is an important process as some issues could result in costly expenses in the future. It is better to be prepared ahead of time and fully understand the advantages as well as the possible drawbacks of the lot you are interested in.Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.11.04 PM

The clearing process is pretty straightforward. Once you have selected which trees you would like to keep they are marked with orange tape. The lot is cleared. Logs are hauled off and made into paper, while smaller twigs, saplings, and branches are ground up into mulch that acts as a barrier along the edge of the lot. This protects the lake from dirty runoff and debris.

“There is very little that actually gets taken away to the dump when we clear a lot.”

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.13.22 PMThis is something that Tom Arndt, expert builder, and Franchise President, emphasizes in the video, Bluefield’s dedication to reducing waste.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our How to Build a Custom Home in North Carolina web series. We will be covering the process of laying the foundation.

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