Location, location, location.
Do you own the property or are you searching for the right parcel? So many factors can impact a site and thus your project.
There are benefits of engaging a professional to create a feasibility study for a site. This can add value and save heartache down the road.
Things to consider:
Is there a homeowner’s association? If so, what are the bylaws? Is there an architectural review and approval process? If so, what is required?
Almost always there are zoning ordinances (law) and state building codes (also law) to follow. Do any of these affect your goals?
What is the size of the lot? What are the setbacks?
Where are your neighbors?
Does the adjacent properties have a zoning different from yours?
Is there a master plan for the township, county, zone or city where you plan to build? Might future goals of the municipality affect your enjoyment of this location in the future?
What is the grade, is it sloping or flat?
Where is the sun?
What are the natural features? Trees, water, fields, view?
What are the soil conditions? Erosion issues? Steep slopes? Critical dunes? Bearing capacity? A soils report might be a requirement for your project.
Do you have access to resources like water, sewer, power, phone, cable, internet?
Is there privacy?
Are there wetlands?
Is it located in a historic district?
What is the value of the surrounding properties?
Which school district?
What are your anticipated taxes?
Are there any easements on the property?
Is it a lot of record? Is it a build-able lot?
Site conditions are a critical part of the design process and should impact the architecture created.
Northern Michigan building sites vary greatly, consult with your professional on the conditions impacting your project.