When you are finally able to build that dream home, we want you to have a great experience. There is nothing more exciting than sitting down with a designer and architect to watch your dream custom home become a reality. There is more to it than that, however, as you are also going to have to deal with things such as building codes and zoning laws that when not properly followed, which can halt the project.
Understanding Building Codes
These codes are the standards used to dictate the structure of the home that ensures safety. These rules encompass areas such as fire safety, plumbing, structural integrity, electrical, and ventilation.
Codes will change with time, so you must ensure your architect and builder are up to date on all the latest codes to ensure the home will pass inspection. This may limit some of the design concepts you have, depending on where the home is being built.
This can get quite complex, so you will want to use a local architect and builder for your project.
We would also recommend hiring a residential project manager to oversee your build as another set of experienced eyes on the project.
Understanding Zoning Laws
Zoning laws are implemented and enforced by local governments to ensure specific types of structures are being built in the appropriate areas. When areas are zoned for residential use, this will also be broken down further, such as type of home, maximum height, the distance the home can be built from streets, and, in areas such as a shore community, you may find that the home itself has to be off the ground by a specific height. In cases such as this, an additional non-dwelling room or garage may be permissible on the first floor.
Do not purchase any land without having checked on the current zoning designation for that land.
For some aspects of the design, you may need special permits, which will more than likely require a zoning board hearing. This can be a very involved process, so you will want to make sure you have an experienced project manager working for you.
As you can see, this is, by far, one of the most complicated aspects of the custom home process. The average homeowner is not going to be up to date on the current zoning laws and building codes, so we highly recommend hiring a residential construction project manager or consultant for your project. Better Build Now would love to work with you, so give us a call today at 888-402-4180 to discuss your project.