Making the decision to build a custom home is an exciting one, and finding the perfect lot is the first step. Urban? Suburban? Rural? Local, or building across the country? You may already own your dream spot, but if you’re still on the hunt, here are some things you’ll want to consider while assembling the top contenders.


This may seem like a given, but there are many considerations that aren’t immediately obvious. For example, if you’re drawn to urban areas but repelled by the price point of larger lots, take a look at their smaller, much more inexpensive counterparts. Many builders are embracing the small house culture, applying luxury style to smaller spaces and giving those building a new home Springfield, MO an opportunity to have the best of all worlds. These small – but not tiny – houses can put you (affordably) smack dab in the middle of the urban space with all it has to offer.

Alternately, land in rural areas outside the noise and bustle of the city can be found on the cheap, creating plenty of space for the larger home of your dreams.  Underdeveloped and undiscovered rural areas offer beauty, solitude, and a lower price point than those that are already under development.

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If fully rural or urban living isn’t for you, you may be considering building your new home Springfield, MO in a suburban area.  The benefits here are obvious, with a blend of rural quiet and urban proximity, but these communities often also come with fees and building standards to which you’d have to tailor your plans.  With those fees come many benefits, and if you enjoy suburban living, it may very well be worth it to consider these communities.

The Lay of the Land

Even when you find a great lot in a perfect area that’s within your price range, make sure you and your builder take a close look at any hidden dangers or obstacles that could end up costing you; sloped land, boulders, and trees will all have to be addressed, and you’ll also want to consider whether or not you can bury power lines, what it will take to connect to utilities, and septic tanks.