WHAT CONSTITUTES A "GOOD" BUILDING SITE?
Ideally, a site with a very nice view. Some feature that draws the eye to it, that makes the site more memorable. And if it has a view, think of the future. Will the view change in negative ways?
With expansion of cities and emphasis on high density neighbourhoods, nature, with all of its physical and psychological benefits, often is unaccessible. So, nature with a view becomes true luxury.
If you can find a view lot, the home should be oriented for an ideal perspective. A smaller lot limits that capability. A larger lot expands that capability, as well as greater flexibility in design.
An ideal building site should be located in a neighbourhood that is peaceful and serene, not a carry-over from the hectic work day.
You might want to look at the concept of architectural controls embedded in a restrictive covenant that follows that lot's title, as well as every other lot in the specific neighbourhood. Why? Because it protects your investment far into the future. You may already know individuals who thought that the homes in their neighbourhood would all be reasonably tasteful, and then that one bizarre home was built.
A slight slope helps with drainage but can also allow for an open basement.
Anyone with the slightest interest in solar energy would love a gentle south-facing slope for their dream home. A south-facing slope is particularly nice in winter as it tends to be warmer, and more sunny for more hours than a north-facing slope.
With large areas of south-facing glass, you may need the additional protection of overhangs designed to block the summer sun.
If you’re a morning person, it’s nice to enjoy breakfast near east- or southeast-facing windows.Your home can be designed with nooks that can do just that.
Do you want to avoid steady traffic noise? Then plan on a lot within a neighbourhood that has no thoroughfare.
The lot should have as many of the needed services as possible.
The lot should be located close to convenience stores, schools, traffic arteries and arterioles with rapid access to shopping, work, and egress from the city.
You may wish to look for nearby recreation facilities as well.
The homes in the neighbourhood should be aesthetically close in design to what you desire. Timeless, tasteful, understated designs are always welcome.
One last item. A good lot, a really good lot, can provide a contemplative space, a place for rejuvenation, a place for mindfulness, even a place for healing (at any age).
Edgemoor at Sunrise Point has been carefully selected to provide building lots that are not only “good” sites, but are ideal sites, incorporating each and every element mentioned above.
Come to Edgemoor and see what you think.