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Choosing a Post and Beam Building Site – 3 Things to Consider Before Breaking Ground

This fantastic seaside home sits on a half acre lot!

This fantastic seaside home sits on a half acre lot!

 

Consideration 1 – It’s true – size matters…but not that much.

It’s not the lot size that matters; it’s the aesthetic of the lot. There must be a good marriage between the site and the structure being built on it. Where people often go wrong is seeing a house they love that looks fabulous in a specific setting then trying to plunk it down on a site that’s completely inappropriate for that structure. Did you consider the angle of the lighting?  Does your dream house work well facing north if your site dictates that your house must face north?  You get the idea.  Changes and adjustments must be made for a building to work on any site, as each one has details that are unique to it. This is as true for a post and beam as it is for any other newly constructed home.

 

 Consideration 2 – We’re in a globalized world, yes, but…

stay true to your surrounding geography.

This South Carolina beauty meets ALL costal hurricane codes!

This South Carolina beauty meets ALL coastal hurricane codes!

 Think about it – if you’re a lover of the New England Cape style but live in the South, alterations in design and materials will need to be made in order for your home to mesh with its surroundings. It’s a simple concept but one that often goes overlooked. Don’t be one of those people! This is where it all begins to either go very right or very wrong with the final look and feel of your home.

                           

Talk about staying true to the surroundings, this addition was added to a 1700's cape.

Talk about staying true to the surroundings, this addition was added to a 1700’s cape.

 Consideration 3 – Getting it right is easy – All you have to do is actually consider it!

Don’t worry – it’s easier than you think.  Getting your house sited correctly is not rocket science.  That being said, its often part of the building equation that gets less attention than it deserves.

When the house is finished and you have that feeling something isn’t quite right but you’re not sure what, I’m here to tell you the number one suspect. You may not have allowed your building site to guide you. If you begin designing your house before you’ve purchased your site, no problem. However, be prepared to tweak the layout to take full advantage of your site once you’ve found just the right one. The site should always set the parameters for the house, NOT the other way around.

 

I’m sure you’ve noticed the beauty of each home, but more importantly why these homes got it so right. The marriage between home and site bumps the home up from beautiful to g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s ….

Everything works together here, from the site to the house to the landscaping. The circle is complete.

Everything works together here, from the site to the house to the landscaping. The circle is complete.

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