Finding the Right Location for Your Custom Home

Dec 14, 2023

Location, location, location – so important when it comes to property that they said it thrice.

Indeed, choosing the right location for your custom home is critical in your home-building journey. It impacts your lifestyle, home design and the future value of your property.

Laing Homes’s extensive experience as a custom home builder in the North Tasmania and Devonport area means we understand the importance of this decision and can help you find the perfect plot for your dream home. This guide will help you navigate the critical considerations for finding that ideal location.

Assess Your Needs

Lifestyle and Community

When envisioning your custom home, reflect on the lifestyle you aspire to lead. Are you drawn to the energy and convenience of city living, with easy access to the cultural hub, dining and entertainment option of Launceston? Or does your heart lean towards the tranquillity and space of a rural setting, where nature is your closest neighbour? The choice of location is profoundly personal and should resonate with your lifestyle preferences.

Consider practical aspects as well. How close do you need to be to your workplace, schools for your children, healthcare facilities, or even an airport? Proximity to these amenities can significantly influence your daily routine and quality of life. Additionally, think about the community surrounding your potential home.

Each area has a unique character and community spirit – from vibrant coastal communities to serene countryside retreats. Your decision should align with your long-term aspirations, ensuring that your new home supports the life you wish to lead.

Environmental Considerations

The environment surrounding your chosen location is pivotal in shaping your home. Tasmania is known for its stunning coastal landscapes, luxurious rural areas and striking mountains; therefore, the local climate and geography are critical factors in the design and construction of your home. Consider how the position of your home can maximise natural light, potentially reducing energy costs and enhancing your living space.

Wind patterns are also a consideration, especially in coastal and mountainous areas. They can influence your home’s orientation, the placement of windows and outdoor spaces, and even the choice of plants in your garden.

Additionally, the land’s topography can impact your home’s design. A sloping site, for instance, offers opportunities for unique architectural designs but may also present construction challenges.

Site Evaluation

Zoning and Building Restrictions

When selecting a location for your custom home, a thorough understanding of local zoning laws and building restrictions is essential. These regulations can significantly influence what you can build. For instance, zoning laws dictate land use and can determine whether you can construct a single-family home, multi-unit dwelling, or commercial property.

They also govern aspects like the height of the building, setbacks from the property boundaries, and sometimes even architectural styles or exterior finishes. Building restrictions may also cover more specific elements, such as the percentage of the land that can be covered by the building and other structures, parking requirements, and environmental regulations, especially in ecologically sensitive areas.

Being well-informed about these rules early in the process is crucial. It helps in planning a home that meets your needs and complies with local regulations, thereby avoiding costly and time-consuming alterations or disputes in the future. Laing Homes is well-versed in the zoning requirements of various north Tasmanian councils, and can advise on all aspects of this during the design process.

Future Developments

Investigating potential future developments in the area is another critical aspect of site evaluation. Upcoming infrastructure projects – such as new roads, schools or hospitals – can enhance the value and appeal of your location. Similarly, planned real estate developments can change the character of a neighbourhood, influencing aspects like traffic, privacy and even views.

However, certain developments could negatively impact your living experience or property value. For instance, a new commercial development might increase traffic congestion or noise levels. Staying informed about the area’s plans allows you to make a more informed decision about the suitability of a location for your custom home.

Financial Aspects

Budgeting for Location

Your choice of location has a direct impact on your budget. With their proximity to amenities and services, urban areas often come with a higher price tag for land and construction costs. These areas, however, offer the convenience of shorter commutes and easy access to amenities.

On the other hand, rural areas might offer more affordable land prices, but they can also entail higher costs in terms of transportation and access to services. In some cases, building in remote areas can also bring additional costs, such as installing septic systems or extended utility lines.

 

Resale Value

While building a custom home is often about creating your dream space, considering the property’s potential resale value is a practical aspect. Locations in demand, such as those in growing communities or near-expanding urban areas, typically offer better prospects for appreciation.

Factors like the quality of local schools, future economic growth and the neighbourhood’s overall appeal play a significant role in determining resale value. A location that balances your immediate needs with good long-term investment potential can be a wise choice.

Conclusion

Choosing the right location for your custom home is a decision that shapes your future. At Laing Homes, we’re dedicated to guiding you through this crucial process with our local expertise and personalised approach. If you’re ready to embark on the journey of building your dream home in the perfect north Tasmanian location, contact Laing Homes today.