If you’ve dreamed of living near the water, building a custom waterfront home is one of the best decisions you can make! When working with custom home builders, you have the opportunity to choose the location, style of home, layout, and design to ensure your dream house is exactly as you picture it. Continue reading for a few important pieces of advice to keep in mind before building your home on the water.
Where To Build On Your Property
First, it’s essential to know that there are a lot of things to consider before the building process can begin on a waterfront lot. There are any laws about where you can build, especially considering wildlife and endangered species that live near the water. For example, if there happens to be a bald eagle habitat on your lot, you’ll need to obtain a Federal eagle non-purposeful take permit. This permit allows you to clear trees or build near an eagles nest; without it, you can be hit with a significant fine for disturbing nests.
You will also need specialist reviews for your lot, including but not limited to soil, stability, flood plains, and geotechnical reports. These reports are vital for getting a permit to build your home on the waterfront and will ensure that you are building in a safe location. A building department official will also determine the ‘ordinary high watermark’ on your lot, which is essential in deciding how close you can build to the water.
Septic System Placement
Another important consideration when building a waterfront home is the placement and design of your septic system. A septic designer can conduct a soil test to determine the type of wastewater treatment system is best. Also, the placement of your septic tank and drain field must be coordinated with other setbacks and specialist reviews. For waterfront properties, it’s crucial to have a drainage plan. A drainage engineer should be consulted to ensure that the drainage from your new home will not harm any existing slopes, bluffs, or other critical areas.
How To Ensure You Have A View
With so many restrictions and considerations to keep in mind when building on the water, you may be concerned that you will end up without the view you hoped for. However, you can count on enjoying a beautiful view if you choose the right builder! T&G Builders understands waterfront home building, as we have over 25 years of experience and work with our customers through every step of the building process. We have a surveyor complete a layout on the property so that you can truly get a feel for the orientation of the house. That way, you can adjust the direction to either have a sunset view, or any other feature you want to see! We can also use drones for houses that adding another level, so you can tell early on what you will be able to see from your third-floor balcony. Call today to get started on your dream waterfront home!
Build Your Dream Custom Home With T&G Builders
T&G Builders, located in Berlin, MD, has been a premier waterfront custom home builder and home improvement contractor serving Worcester and Sussex Counties for over 25 years. We are a locally owned and operated business known for our uncompromising commitment to quality, our passion for using innovative technology and premium materials to complete projects, and our exceptional attention to detail. In addition to building custom homes, we also specialize in remodeling your current house into your dream home! Our skilled team can assess your needs, determine the right design for your addition or improvement, and complete the entire construction process.