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Where, Oh Where Am I to Build?
Paragon C&D Builders, Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 • Posted September 21, 2012 11:50 AM

allone Real Estate

So many times I hear “where do I build my house” from folks once I sell them some land. Or as a builder, we go to meet folks on their land and they say, “We just don’t know where we want to put our home.” Let me give you some things to think about.

Moving from the big city years ago, we had this same question. Our biggest obstacle was the many cedar trees we had on our land. We had the advantage, with my husband being a builder. With his views of sites, land contours, site prep, and more, it definitely helped us to determine that perfect spot. We though we knew the perfect spot until we cleared the cedar. And wow, a new and better spot popped up. Note: we did leave some cedar to block a view of a home on a distant hill.

Saying the above, my first question: Does your land or lot have a lot of cedar? If so, are you going have them cut down? Taking the majority of the cedar down will allow you to see more of your land. It can open up views you didn’t know you had. Just as a reminder, you might want to leave some in certain areas for privacy or any other reason you might have. Taking the cedar down will also allow those oaks a better chance of growing and becoming stronger. Ask your builder to help or contact one of the local companies that can assist in the cedar and clearing.

So your land is cleared, now what? Walk your land and get to know the best spots. Check out the views, ground for flatness, any flooding around, easements, nearest electric connection, etc. Once you find that right spot, time to think about a few more things. Are you going to have a well drilled? Get a Well Driller out to make sure you can get water at this location. If you are tapping into community water, you should be fine. If the land is sloping, remember you might pay more for your foundation. Your builder should be able to use a tool to tell you what the additional slope is. You also need to see if you can spare those large oaks or will need to cut some down to build.

Take your time to decide where you like best. If you are not in a hurry, really get to know your land and spend time at the various places you like. You just might change your mind.

For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 713-818-6658 or 830-833-4249, or email

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