For those considering Brunswick County as a place to possibly retire to, one should be aware that our market for homes here is vastly different than what you have probably ever experienced before. It’s estimated that 80-85% of those who do settle in Coastal North Carolina wind up building their own home. Why? Because that is really the only way to truly get what you want.
So if you are a statistic in the vast majority, you really have some very important steps ahead of you in order to find your little slice of heaven here:
- Find the area that best suits your needs (as in The Martini Theory)
- Find the Community/Plantation that matches your budget and activities
- Find the Home (to be built) that meets your daily requirements
- Find a Homesite to build your Dream Home on
Back in the 1990s and early to mid 2000s, anyone who wanted a custom home bought a homesite, found an architect/custom home designer, interviewed various builders and bid out their job. Today that probably represents 30% of the market as many local builders are building model homes again and 70% of those heading south are simply choosing an existing floor plan and modifying it to their liking. This accomplishes several things for the buyer:
- The future owners can see the house before it is built. This alleviates the stress of making mistakes
- This helps control costs as you are working from a base price for the home plus all the add ons.
The largest drawback to going in this direction is… that you could live in the same house as every 4th home on your street – thereby eliminating your signature on your Dream Home. The solution is designing your own home or making significant changes to an existing plan whereby the home would not be confused with the original plan.
If you venture in the direction of a Custom Built Home, you first start with a homesite. Purchasing a homesite is an art, if not a science, and this process should never be taken lightly as your homesite can drastically affect your lifestyle. Be sure you work with a land expert as there is much to consider:
- Slope – the contour of your land can/will affect your drainage, cost to build, determine the style of home you can build, etc
- Sun – knowing where the sun rises and sets is critical as a hot sun can ruin your late afternoons
- Soil – homesites that are naturally wet can cause the owner significant water and or mold issues in the future
- Shape/Dimensions – your home must fit comfortably on your homesite
- Setbacks – you have to know these. Typically you cannot build within 10’ of the side of your property, 20-25’ from the front and 20-40’ from the back
So, let’s say that the below homesite is the one you have selected to build on. The dimensions are all shown and the setbacks are in place (gray shaded areas cannot be built on), so your home must be built within the white building envelope.
As you study this plat of this homesite, there are 3 significant issues that must be taken into consideration before you consider placing a home on it.
- There is a small pond and nice but distant golf view available from this back left corner
- The back of this homesite is a Nature Preserve – so lots of privacy
- This part of the building envelope is the largest and offers the most room to build
Because of this information, there are a few things that the owners have determined:
- They want to take advantage of the golf/water views
- They want a pool but only if it is private
- The garage will go on the right side where there is ample room
Based upon this information, designing the home is really quite simple and fun as you already have considerable information that will determine the floor plan. Yes there are a ton of details to work out, but we already know where certain rooms will be.
From the above, we add in the topography of the homesite, location of trees and the dimensions of the home, and Voila!
And if by chance you work with www.PlanViewDesign.com, you will be able to see the inside and outside of your home in full color 3D before you ever put a shovel in the ground. In addition, you will have tremendous input on what your Dream Home will look like as your feedback is critical to the process. This is YOUR HOME, not ours, so the more details you provide us, the more Haley from Plan View Design can incorporate into your home.
And FYI, Plan View Design has designed homes in the following communities: Landfall, Ocean Ridge Plantation, St James, Brunswick Forest, Rivers Edge, Winding River Plantation, River Landing, Sea Trail, Brunswick Plantation, RiverSea Plantation, SeaScape at Holden Plantation, Ocean Isle Beach and more. Call Haley today for a free over the phone consultation at 910 754-9999 or Haley@PlanViewDesign.com