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  • adventure
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    Originally posted by sandy View Post
    Dear friends

    i am planning to buy a small residential corner lot in upstate NY in a rural area to built a house. the lot is approx 0.32 acres and several setbacks based on the corner lot.
    It has been surveyed and maybe the last piece of land in the village. most of the houses in the village are ancients (built-in 1800-1880) and I do not want to go to the renovation route. I am a first time land buyer and have thought of the first time about building a house. What are your suggestions and tips so that I may not get stuck at any step? Is this a good idea for someone like me with a full-time working physician spouse and 2 kids one 7 years and one 1 year?
    please feel free to post both practical and emotional experiences.
    Thanks
    It's a lot of work. Consider a fixed up house.

    As someone else who lives where it snows... a corner lot means you have extra shovelling to do every time is snows. Check the local requirements for who has to shovel, and when. Also, some cites require the city to pay for new sidewalks, or, like the place we lived 5 years ago - the homeowner. And corner lots take lots of concrete when the city determines my sidewalk isn't up to snuff. They decide, I had to pay. Crazy. Also expensive.

    Sounds like a small lot, and I'd guess a small house - does it have enough space for all those feet? We used to dream about old new england farmhouses. Now we outgrew that phase. (we like the design, but not the age.)

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  • StateOfMyHead
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    Originally posted by sandy View Post
    has anyone considered a modular home and is it less involved than a stick-built home?
    One of the investment properties I own and lived in for a few years is a modular. Its older so very basic but what impressed me is it is square and tight. Basically built inside so no exposure to the elements.

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  • uksho
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    Originally posted by Brains428 View Post

    Cost for everything is regional. Land grading and work can become expensive if there is some sort of rock underneath. There are also soil tests for appropriate compaction for building.

    If money were no object, I would build again. It's actually pretty fun. It's just ridiculously expensive. Every little thing is an upgrade. You want a builder with a good reputation for doing good structural work, not just pretty work/or fast work. You can find that out through previous customers, and talking to the subcontractors can give you an idea of how much they like to work with a builder.

    COVID has made things ridiculously expensive. Not sure if/when that will go down.

    My wife has been the laid back one through all of this. I didn't realize I was as picky about certain things. Maybe it's because I'm footing the bill. Maybe it's because I'm a radiologist.

    We decided to build because there wasn't much in the way of new construction in the city limits (or even much inventory built in the past 10 years). Also, when looking at remodels, we always ended up around the same price tag. Still more expensive than I anticipated.
    Thank you

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  • Kamban
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    If I were even thinking of a modular home, I would put a little more effort and build a proper home from scratch.

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  • Tim
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    Originally posted by sandy View Post
    has anyone considered a modular home and is it less involved than a stick-built home?
    Modular housing has pluses and minuses. The building technique is less important than builder.

    Choose from floor plan and options available. The problem actually comes from the individuals involvement. Less flexibility with modular than onsite construction.
    Pick a house, I want you to build that house on this lot. How much?

    I looked up in BBB modular housing company just for grins. Response to a leaking skylight.


    “The company that manufactured this home filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and we acquired the assets of the company on 4/23/11. The company did not purchase any of the liabilities including defects. Unfortunately we will not be able to address her concerns. Details of the BK are below: Palm Harbor Homes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2010 and was eventually purchased by Cavco Industries, Inc. On April 23, 2011, Cavco Industries, Inc., through a newly formed subsidiary, Palm Harbor Homes, Inc., a Delaware corporation, acquired substantially all of the assets of Palm Harbor Homes, Inc., a Florida corporation ("PHH Florida") in a Section 363 bankruptcy purchase. Pursuant to the Sales Order entered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on March 4, 2011, Cavco and its subsidiaries have no liability for homes manufactured by, or claims against, PHH Florida.”

    Modular housing is a very tough business.

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  • Shant
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    My mother intended to buy one to downsize when she sold the family home. It's definitely far less involved but also less customizable. It never went through due to title issues on the property caused by the developer going under before finishing the subdivision.

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  • sandy
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    has anyone considered a modular home and is it less involved than a stick-built home?

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  • Brains428
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    Originally posted by uksho View Post

    thank you for the post . We are also considering building a modest house.

    Can anyone tell me if this seems too high ? Quote for leveling /grading a quarter acre lot is 40-45 000. Lot is slightly on incline and slightly raised from Main Street . Houses are built on both sides and I do not see any major rocks etc .
    what should we expect ?

    I hear you should expect at least 10 percent above quote . Knowing what you know now , would you build again? Thx


    Cost for everything is regional. Land grading and work can become expensive if there is some sort of rock underneath. There are also soil tests for appropriate compaction for building.

    If money were no object, I would build again. It's actually pretty fun. It's just ridiculously expensive. Every little thing is an upgrade. You want a builder with a good reputation for doing good structural work, not just pretty work/or fast work. You can find that out through previous customers, and talking to the subcontractors can give you an idea of how much they like to work with a builder.

    COVID has made things ridiculously expensive. Not sure if/when that will go down.

    My wife has been the laid back one through all of this. I didn't realize I was as picky about certain things. Maybe it's because I'm footing the bill. Maybe it's because I'm a radiologist.

    We decided to build because there wasn't much in the way of new construction in the city limits (or even much inventory built in the past 10 years). Also, when looking at remodels, we always ended up around the same price tag. Still more expensive than I anticipated.

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    Originally posted by Brains428 View Post

    If you have any questions, let me know. I know a lot more about appliances, glass configuration, paint finishes, windows, doors, roof pitch, height, electrical, crown molding, brick work, garages, and many more other things I care to know about.
    Do tell - is there a story behind this post? All ears here in KY!

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  • StateOfMyHead
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    Even if the existing homes are old some might have been impeccably renovated. I have done both and they all had their challenges.

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  • Kamban
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    Therewas a thread or two about building your home and what are must have things.

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  • Kamban
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    Originally posted by sandy View Post
    Dear friends

    i am planning to buy a small residential corner lot in upstate NY in a rural area to built a house. the lot is approx 0.32 acres and several setbacks based on the corner lot.
    It has been surveyed and maybe the last piece of land in the village. most of the houses in the village are ancients (built-in 1800-1880) and I do not want to go to the renovation route. I am a first time land buyer and have thought of the first time about building a house. What are your suggestions and tips so that I may not get stuck at any step? Is this a good idea for someone like me with a full-time working physician spouse and 2 kids one 7 years and one 1 year?
    please feel free to post both practical and emotional experiences.
    Thanks
    032 acres is going to be small if you have easements and other restrictions. How busy are the 2 roads. Any fencing on the front allowed? With small kids playing in the front yard and two busy streets I would be nervous.

    Why not choose a different area. I like corner lots in cul-de-sacs where the traffic is much less. You get smaller front yard to maintain and have a big back lots.

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  • Tim
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    It may be the last piece of land in the village for a number of reasons.
    The most glaring is that you will not have .32 acres of usable space. Not only setbacks, you have easements, permits and building codes. Oh yes, the sides in the back might be restricted. Maybe the power company plants a pole right outside your kitchen window to hook you right up?
    Make sure you can build what you want on that lot. A good realtor will guide you. The problem is solvable. Deed restrictions and the survey should be sufficient for a general contractor to look at and point out any restrictions. You can get existing “takeoffs” of a basic design and get additional inputs.
    There are reasons it is the last. Find out why. It’s not because it is a corner lot.

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  • Shant
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    Be aware that construction is a major cause of family breakdown. Things can and will go wrong. Do everything you can to keep your family dynamics separate from the construction headaches. If you can, mentally budget to spend 25% more money and more time over and above what you plan. There was a poster recently who became so disillusioned building their dream home that they just wanted to be rid of it and are planning to sell it without ever moving in.

    If you can stay easygoing and roll with it you can get something exceptional. Good luck.

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  • uksho
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    Originally posted by Brains428 View Post
    Standard stuff like if you're hooked up to city water, do you get natural gas to the house.

    For home building, you need to figure out the cost per square foot for the type of finishes you want. This has to be very exact, and some things are standard in some areas of the country, while they are upgrades in other areas of the country. Does the bid on cost per sq ft include heated/cooled square footage, or simply square footage under roof. If you're doing a full custom home, how much will your designer/architect run you in the area?

    We are a little less than a month from finishing our custom home in the midwest. It's a lot more work than you'd think, but some of it is how picky you are. I think our home is beautiful, but there are many things I'd change now that I know much more about the building process. Heck, I'd even pick an entirely different lot.

    Some people like corner lots, some people don't. For people with small kids, I'd say its a negative just because you're contending with 2 streets.

    If you have any questions, let me know. I know a lot more about appliances, glass configuration, paint finishes, windows, doors, roof pitch, height, electrical, crown molding, brick work, garages, and many more other things I care to know about.
    thank you for the post . We are also considering building a modest house.

    Can anyone tell me if this seems too high ? Quote for leveling /grading a quarter acre lot is 40-45 000. Lot is slightly on incline and slightly raised from Main Street . Houses are built on both sides and I do not see any major rocks etc .
    what should we expect ?

    I hear you should expect at least 10 percent above quote . Knowing what you know now , would you build again? Thx



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