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Choosing a Lot for Your New Home: Dos and Don’ts  

Have you decided to build a new home for your family? This is an exciting time in your lives and often comes with a new chapter that involves an additional family member or a job promotion. Many families get so excited to choose their new home’s style and floor plan that they neglect to put much thought into the lot where their home will be built.

The truth is, where you build your new home is just as important as what floor plan you choose. In fact, it can often be a larger factor in determining how happy your family will be with your new house. Here are a few dos and don’ts to take into consideration when you choose a lot on which to build.

Do Consider the Pluses and Minuses of New Neighborhoods

 Many available lots are in new subdivisions that feature street after street of newly constructed homes. However, there are often other lots available in more established areas that have opened up due to new development.

New neighborhoods are appealing because they indicate a fresh start. Schools may be new, all of the neighbors will be new, and amenities that crop up nearby will be on the cutting edge. However, this can also come with drawbacks. Growing pains from all of this ‘newness’ are inevitable and you may experience issues with utilities, transportation, and infrastructure. 

Do Think About the Future 

Where do your kids currently go to school and how long will it be before this changes? Will you need to be close to an aging parent who lives across town in the next few years? Are their career changes on the horizon for you or your spouse? Though you can’t predict the future, you can plan for possibilities. Make sure the lot you choose is not only in a convenient location for the lives you live today, but that it also makes sense for your ‘future family.’ 

Do Consider Cul-de-sacs vs. Subdivision Entrance 

Once you’ve settled on the subdivision or neighborhood where you want to build, it’s time to choose the actual lot. If there are both cul-de-sac and lots available near the subdivision entrance, consider the pluses and minuses of both.

A cul-de-sac may seem preferable at first glance due to less traffic, more privacy, and reduced noise. However, a lot near the entrance will provide quicker access in and out of the neighborhood—a plus if you are constantly running to the store or ferrying kids to activities. Cul-de-sacs may provide a safer area for children to play, but they can also present a problem for snow removal or have narrow front lawns due to their wedge-shaped design. 

Don’t Assume Corner Lots are Always Better  

Many home owners ready to build will gravitate toward corner lots. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming these are always preferable to traditional lots. While corner lots allow for a side-load garage and fewer next-door neighbors, they also require more snow removal and have higher visibility—which means you will have to focus more on landscaping and curb appeal.

Don’t Forget About the Sun  

If you are looking at the lot on a cloudy day or just can’t picture how your new home will be situated on the lot, it can be easy to disregard the role the sun will play when you move in. Putting a home with a deck or patio that gets western or southern exposure could mean it’s always too hot to enjoy. Have multiple windows at the rear of your floor plan? Southern exposure means you benefit from the sun’s rays nearly all day. Talk with your builder or realtor about how the home will sit on the lot and how this translates to comfort. 

Don’t Ignore Undeveloped Land

Is there a large portion of undeveloped land near the lot you want? Don’t make the mistake of ignoring it or simply assuming it will be more housing. Have your realtor contact local government zoning and planning departments for information on what the land is intended for. Though you may not care if your new neighbors will be a strip mall or rec center, it’s always better to know before you make plans to move in.  

Are your ready to choose a new lot and floor plan for your dream home? Contact Conceptual Custom Homes today and we would be happy to help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omaha Home Builder Conceptual Custom Homes Introduces Two New Floor Plans

Omaha Home Builder Conceptual Custom Homes Introduces Two New Floor Plans

 If you’re looking to build a new home in the Omaha, Nebraska area, you should check out the two new floor plans Conceptual Custom Homes is offering. These plans were developed based on multiple meetings with prospective home buyers, all who gave input on what they would want in their perfect custom home.

 

The Alexander

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The Alexander plan is ideal for the empty nester or downsizing family that wants all the luxury of a larger home, but has no need for extra bedrooms or bathrooms. The plan, which features 2105 square feet on the main floor and a fully finished basement, has a gorgeous wraparound deck that is perfect for couples to relax or entertain on. The open floor plan is also conducive to entertaining or houseguests and the spacious living and kitchen areas are modern and easy to customize.  The Alexander can be built in any neighborhood or subdivision, including villa neighborhoods. The plan is fully customizable based on the home owners needs and personal preferences.

 

 

The Winslow

Have a larger family that needs plenty of space? The new Winslow floor plan is perfect for you! The Winslow has 1281 square feet on the main floor with an additional 1327 on the second floor. It features four bedrooms and 2.5 baths and includes a flex room, which can be used as a gym or office or as a fifth bedroom as needed. With all bedrooms on the second floor, this floor plan provides for good entertaining while still allowing family members to escape to their own personal space. The Winslow can be built in any neighborhood or subdivision and is also fully customizable.

 

 

Spring is just around the corner in Omaha, and if you’re looking for a home builder to make your dream home a reality, please reach out to us. We’d be happy to show you any of our available floor plans, including the new Alexander and Winslow, and answer all of your homebuilding questions.

Choosing a Floor plan

 

You’ve finally decided to build a home!  Congratulations!  This is an incredibly exciting time in your life.  However, this excitement can backfire if you become distracted by all of the shiny new options available (granite countertops! Heated floors in the bathroom!) and forget about what will really determine how well you and your family adapt to your new house.  

 

Too many times, we’ve worked with clients who have made the mistake of not putting a lot of thought into their floor plans in the past and have found that they are unhappy with huge portions of their home that they are now unable to change.  Forced to put their (once) new home on the market, they come to us having learned their lesson and knowing what truly matters.

 

Though we enjoy working with these clients, we want to educate those looking to build so they don’t have to make the same mistakes the first time.  Homes are unique to the families that live in them, and those families can change over time.  To determine the best floor plan for your family, ask yourself the following questions:

 

How many bedrooms do we need and is that likely to change in the next 5-10 years?  Most people ask themselves the first part of this question (We have two children, so we need three bedrooms), but not the second part.  Are you planning to have more children?  Are your children older and will be leaving home soon?  Do you have an aging parent who may need to come live with you in the next few years?  This can determine if you should build a home with more rooms than you currently need, or if you need to consider a flex room that can be transformed down the road as your children go off to college.

 

How healthy is our family and what is our health outlook?  Do you have bad knees?  Husband have a back that frequently bothers him?  Do you have a child with asthma?  Considering these factors will help determine the number of levels your home will have and where to put bedrooms and other features that are easily accessed if any family members have health concerns.

Where does most of the entertaining/socializing take place?  If you find that your wife is always cooking in the kitchen, but still wants to interact with the rest of the family and any guests you have over, a closed off kitchen and dining area is a bad choice.  Keep in mind what will be most conducive to your lifestyle and not just your likes/dislikes in a floor plan.

 

 

What is your furniture situation?  There’s nothing worse than finishing your dream home and then realizing your beloved heirloom grandfather clock won’t fit in the living room.  Take an inventory of the size of your furniture, where you want it to be placed and any ‘wish list’ furniture items you have for your new house.  Give these to your builder so he can make sure they work with the plan you’re developing.

 

What type of utility bills can we afford?  Many people get stars in their eyes when they see floor to ceiling windows or skylights, but never think about how that will impact their utility costs.  Talk with your builder about what you expect to pay in utility bills and make sure your floor plan is reasonable for your budget.  You might also talk about some efficient features such as geothermal options or heat pumps to bring those costs down even more.

 

Moving into your newly built home should be one of the happiest memories you and your family have.  If you work with your builder and consider more than just aesthetics and the ‘wow’ factor in the planning stages, you can ensure that your new home will be a place of rest and enjoyment for many years to come.