Build On Your Lot

Build On Your Own Lot

Although we offer a variety of new construction home developments throughout the Tri-Cities, we understand many people dream of building on their own land. That’s why we offer our custom building services on our clients’ lots. We will help you navigate the process of designing, planning, and building your custom home. We assure you that our affordable and simplified process will result in a stunning new home. 

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    Build On Your Lot


    You are involved in each and every aspect of the building process, from choosing the land, to where the home will sit on that land to any minor adjustments to the design. Patterson Homes is a turn-key operation, so we will handle every step of this process, from pulling permits to managing your utilities and septic. We'll be there to help you understand the standards your property will need to meet.

      Lot Assessment

      There are three main areas of concern when evaluating your lot: the slope of your land, nearby wetland areas, and surrounding brush.

      Development costs will be higher if your site has a steep slope, so a lot that has an even grade is a good place to start. The slope of your land will also have an impact on the dimensions and size of your home and its foundation, the shape of your driveway, access for larger vehicles and more.

      It’s also crucial to be aware of any possible wetland areas on or around your property. There are a few concerns to be aware of: some regions have regulations on lots containing water features such as ponds or streams, and water run-off areas can negatively impact your property.

      It’s imperative to make note of the foliage and trees on your site, as it could lead to unexpected fees. Look for trees and plants that thrive in wet conditions, such as horsetail plants and cedar trees. They could indicate a nearby wetland.

        Source of Utilities

        Determining the sources of your power and water will be the next step of the site preparation process.

        There are multiple details to consider when weighing options for your power access, like the source’s distance from your home and whether it will be underground or overhead. This will all factor into the development costs, and we will provide input on what's best for your situation. A temporary source of power will be established for you while construction is underway.

        Knowing where your fresh water will come from is also crucial. Typically, your water will come from one of three sources: a private well, a community well, or a municipal source.

        The Patterson Homes Team will make sure to find the best options for your utilities.

          Waste Removal

          We'll also need to identify the best way to dispose of your waste. If there is already a septic system available to you, an inspection will likely be required to acquire a permit. If not, you will need access to a community sewer system or a private septic system.

          The Patterson Homes Team will help determine the best route for you when it comes to your waste removal.

            Approach & Excavation

            While your home is being built, the lot will need to provide access for construction equipment and emergency vehicles. Large, heavy trucks will need to navigate around your property during the building process, so ensuring proper access is key — especially for lots with steep slopes.

            The next step is the preparation and excavation of your lot. Factors such as your lot's terrain, location, soil and the size of your home will determine how much excavation is required. Moreover, the cost of your home will be affected by how much land is cleared and excavated.

            Patterson Homes' professionals will be there to ensure your site has appropriate access and excavation.

              Obtaining Permits

              The last step before the construction of your home begins is acquiring the proper building permits.

              There are several factors for which you may need a permit: power installation, road access, excavation and septic installation. But no worries — Patterson Homes will determine what permits will be needed and gather any necessary documentation.

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