Gaines Group Architects
Right site

The first step towards a new custom home – finding the right site

Finding the right building site is the first step towards a successful new custom home.


The site might frame a particular view that you love or just the right slope for a walk-out basement. The site may be large enough to raise a few animals or capture the right amount of light for solar PV performance. The reason you pick the site does not matter, the important part is making sure the “dream” home also fits with the site amenities. Does the site allow for a house the size you want to build? Does it have utilities or will you have to have a well and septic field – this impact budget? What about access – how long of a driveway will you need? What about solar orientation – is your site solar ready? What about slope, can you have a walk out basement or will you be building on a crawl space? Are there rocks? Hiring an architect could help with site selection. Just give us a call and we can help evaluate your site vs your custom house goals before you purchase the land.