North Carolina is famous for its beautiful mountains and friendly cities. More and more people are moving to the Asheville, NC area to build homes on peacefully located lots in the middle of the mountains. The proximity of the Blue Ridge Mountains to beautiful, bustling cities makes it easy for homeowners to enjoy the quiet of the mountains, while still maintaining close contact with civilization. If you’ve purchased a lot in NC and are working on building your dream home in the mountains, here are a few considerations to make before you break ground:
When you’re building on your own North Carolina lot, you have a lot more freedom to make artistic and design choices that best suit your lifestyle and the mountains around you. One of the first things you’ll want to take into account is what your NC lot looks like. In most cases, people building up in the mountains want their home to complement the natural beauty of their lot.
It’s likely that you spent a lot of time finding the perfect location for your dream home, and you’ll want to do everything you can to enhance that mountain view, rather than detract from it. The first thing to do will be to decide what type of design and aesthetic you’re looking for that goes with the lot you have. It’s always helpful to look at mountain homes online and in magazines, but it may be just as useful to take a drive around the mountains near your home to see what others have done with their NC lots.
Once you’ve got your inspiration taken care of, it’s time to add in a bit of reality. You’ll want to establish a hard budget to work with because that will make it much easier to continue the building process without spending more than you can afford. Decide exactly what your hard limit is on the budget, and do everything you can to stick to it. It’s a good idea to give yourself a bit of wiggle room, because building a home from scratch on a lot in North Carolina can cost a bit more when you have to get heavy, bulky building materials and machines up narrow mountain roads.
When you’re building on a lot in NC, it’s good to recognize that you might have to install some of the bigger utilities and hook-ups yourself. It’s most beneficial to first buy a lot that already has at least water and gas hook-ups, but if you’ve already bought a lot, or that’s just not possible in your dream area of the mountains, utility hook-ups will be another cost to factor in. When you live out in the mountains, it’s likely that you’ll be drilling your own well, and possibly installing a septic system. This is much different than living in the city, where a new home is simply hooked up to the city sewage and water lines.
The benefit to living in the country, however, is that once you have your utilities installed, you don’t have to pay for them. When your home draws water from your own well, you never have to pay water bills, and with a septic tank, you don’t pay for sewage either. It’s just a good to remember that when you’re building a bit farther outside city limits, these are things you’ll likely have to have installed yourself when you’re building on your own lot.
One of the great benefits of lots in NC is that many of them are located in one of our gorgeous mountain ranges. This means that many people who build on lots are working with sloped lots. In many cases, this can be a benefit, but it is something you’ll want to consider when you’re working on your homes’ design. Sloped lots offer the opportunity for walkout basements and other unique elements. When you’re building in the mountains, a sloped lot offers the possibility for exquisite mountain vistas on one side of the home, and the feeling of living directly in the middle of a forest on the other.
Sloped lots are an excellent place to build a home that feels situated entirely in nature, but you may have to make a few building adjustments. While it’s actually easier for builders to excavate lots on a slightly sloped lot, if you’re building on a very steep gradient, your builder might have to take extra precautions when moving in materials and equipment, which could cost a bit more. You’ll also want to make sure you talk to your builder about drainage. When you build at the top of a slope, drainage is no problem, but if you’re on the side of a hill, your builder will have to account for water that will roll down the hill directly towards your home.
Finding the Right Builder/Contractor
The last major consideration that comes with building on a lot in NC is who you’ll get to do the actual building. Mountain homes require a practiced builder, so it’s a good idea to choose a builder or contractor who has done a lot of work in the area, or at least on mountain lots. The more experienced, the better they’ll be able to warn you of potential design concerns and provide you with an accurate estimate.
Additionally, you’ll want to choose a builder or contractor who shares your vision for your home. There are builders out there who may not accept a wide variety of new designs, and conversely, there are other builders who offer totally custom mountain homes. You’ll want to interview a few builders to see who offers the best building options for you and can make your NC mountain dream home a reality.
There’s nothing more rewarding than building on your own North Carolina lot. Make sure you’re building your dream home in a community that shares your values and appreciation for the nature around you. If you’re looking for a gorgeous home in the mountains of North Carolina, Couch Mountain might have just the naturally beautiful space you’re looking for. Our unique mountain community focuses on peaceful, sustainable living, all just minutes from downtown Asheville! For more information, give our office a call at 866-936-5263 or check out our available homesites online today!