It’s All About Location, Location, Location!

Choosing a Site for Your Custom Home

When you build a custom home, you have the opportunity to create a home that is just right for you. Everything from the layout and floor plan to the architectural nuances that give your space character are yours to determine. But one of the most critical decisions is the location of your future home. How do you choose the best site?


Consider Your Lifestyle Needs

Selecting the right location for your custom home not only increases your enjoyment, it can help contain land purchase costs, streamline the building process, ensure higher resale value if you decide to sell in the future, easily allow the integration of passive solar and natural ventilation features, and even inform the home’s layout.

The first step is thinking about where you want to live: where can you envision the home – and the life – you are building? Do you want a secluded spot with plenty of peace and quiet? A location in a thriving city where you’ll never lack for activities or neighbors? Somewhere in between that delivers privacy but closer access to amenities?

Remember to think about the practicalities as well: if you have children, for example, are there great schools within convenient distance? If you have an elderly parent, are there health services nearby? Is it easy to commute to work, or do you have access to transportation resources?


Decide What Type of Lot Suits You Best

Generally, there are three options when it comes to site locations for your custom home:

Developed lots. These lots are ready: all you have to do is build your house! While they are exceptionally convenient, they may have rules and restrictions in terms of home size and even the color of your exterior and shingles. Before you purchase, look over the complete list of regulations. If they are a fit for your life, great!
Undeveloped lots. Vacant or undeveloped lots need more prep before you can build, and you will have to take steps such as getting the soil tested, determining your options for utilities, and figuring out zoning regulations. The best course of action is to get an experienced custom home builder to walk the land with you and get some guidance about the next steps.
The broader area. If you can’t find the right location in developed or undeveloped communities, check out the surrounding area. Again, think about the lifestyle, amenity, and convenience features you want (e.g. proximity to schools, restaurants, stores, utilities, public transportation, etc).

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Evaluate the Property

When it comes to the land itself, there are several factors to keep in mind, including:

The terrain. Geographical features can impact your layout and costs. For example, if your property is steeply sloped, it will cost more to build than one that will be situated on a flat lot. It generally also takes more time.
Sunlight. If you prioritize natural light, or want to integrate solar technology, consider the amount of sun exposure that the location offers. In some cases, you can simply orient your layout differently to ensure there are southern-facing windows. In other cases, the sun may be blocked by trees, ridges, and other geographical features. Sun can also reduce your heating expenses, so figure out how important this is to you.
Utilities. Can your custom-built home be integrated into the grid easily? Or will you have to have power lines, cables, and other equipment run? If your lot is undeveloped, will you need to drill a well or does town/city water/sewer extend far enough? If you must install utilities’ capability, it will increase your project costs.
Environmental health. Don’t overlook soil conditions. For example, if the soil is especially wet, you may need fill to prevent flooded basements. You also want to have an environmental survey done to ensure that the land is not a pollution/health hazard.
Legalities. Prospective lots should be surveyed by a registered surveyor. The deed should also have been approved by planning commissions, the municipal tax map department, and the health department. You’ll want to find out if there are any liens on the property as well. You don’t want legal twists to hold your project back.


Choosing the right site for your custom home can be challenging. When you have the right partner by your side, though, you can focus on the excitement of finding the perfect location for your forever home.

You want a home that’s built for life: the location on which it is sits is an essential factor. Talk to the team at G&G Custom Homes for guidance in making the right choice.

Custom Home Budget: Details Matter!

Budgeting can be one of the most difficult aspects of the custom home building process to wrap your mind around. The big “chunks” can be relatively easier: the land, the layout and size. But what about the details? These are what make a house a home – your home. Let’s take a look at how finer details can influence your budget and determine costs.

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Find Your Home Style and Determine Your Floorplan

What Do You Want In a Home That’s Built for Life?

When you buy a pre-existing home, you try to find the best fit for your needs. You’ll view several houses and think, “Oh yes, this could work. I can rearrange this or redo that, and it’ll be close enough.” The benefit of building a custom home is that it is a representation of you. It’s built for you, your family, and the way you live. This is your chance to get everything from the layout to the small details not close, not good enough – but just right. So, start dreaming! How do you find your custom style and clarify your vision?

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Financing Your Custom Home Build

Building a custom home that brings your vision to life is a dream come true for many; but if there is one aspect of the process that wakes you up quickly — and often with a mind full of worry and anxiety — it is financing your custom home. It can be stressful, but when you take it one step at a time, it is also manageable. How do you get started?

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A Checklist for Building Your Custom Home

You have made the decision, it’s time to build your custom home. Your dream home, your forever home, the perfect place for your family’s life, a home built for living. But where do you start? Building a custom home can be daunting: there are so many decisions to make, factors to consider, and steps to take when you want your home built for life. At G&G Custom Homes, we help you take those steps one at a time. They say the journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step: once you take the first, the second is easier, and third easier still. Here is a quick custom home build checklist to help you get your mind wrapped around the process.

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Empty Nesters Build With Room to Grow

Joe Garcia, owner of G&G Custom Homes has witnessed a trend in home building as homeowners design houses to suit their lifestyle.

“I have clients who are technically ‘empty nesters,’ but they don’t want to build a typical ‘empty-nester home,’” says Joe.

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Must-Have Traits of a Custom Home Builder

Tile samples, carpet swatches, vision boards. Before even starting your custom home design your head is already swimming with ideas! How many bedrooms will you need? What style of home do you want? How much will all this cost?! While these are very important questions, the first one you should ask yourself is ‘who can I trust to help me accomplish all of this?’ Before laying out your floorplans and choosing the perfect place for the laundry room, start at the beginning and think about what you need from a builder in accomplishing your goals. Here are a few things to look out for when talking with potential builders, and remember, this is your home, find someone you know will help you create the perfect place for you!

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Lakefront Living: Building Your Custom Lake House

Summer is over and the leaves are starting to change color here in Indiana. While you might not think this would be the best time to venture out to the lake for a weekend away, the beautiful colors and the sweet crisp smell of fall creates the perfect backdrop for a weekend away snuggled up in a blanket with a cup of tea out by the quiet water. If this sounds like a dream to you, think about all the ways you could maximize your custom lake house to make the most of it all year long.

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Movie Theater Quality In The Comfort of Your Home

Nothing says entertainment quite like a luxury home movie theater. When designing a home theater, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest technology and gadgets, but building a home theater the entire family can enjoy goes beyond stereo systems and the best flat screen TV. Think about things like the type of carpet, seating arrangements, the view of the screen and other elements around the theater to maximize your movie-viewing experience.

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