Wall framing inside a house being built

Building a House on Rural Land

Building a house on rural land can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it also requires careful planning and attention to detail. The following steps provide a general overview of the process.

It all starts with preparation!
  • Site selection and evaluation: The first step is to select a suitable piece of land for your new home. You should consider factors such as zoning regulations, soil type, water availability, access to utilities, and the topography of the site. It’s important to evaluate the site thoroughly to identify any potential challenges or limitations.
  • Design and planning: Once you’ve selected a site, you’ll need to work with an architect or designer to create a set of plans for your new home. The plans should take into account your budget, lifestyle, and preferences, as well as any local building codes and regulations. Houseplans.com is one place to start.
  • Permitting: Before you can start construction, you’ll need to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from local and state authorities. This may include building permits, environmental permits, septic system permits, etc.
  • Site preparation: Once you have the necessary permits, you can start preparing the site for construction. This may include clearing trees and brush, grading the land, and installing utilities such as water and power lines.
And now let’s build!
  • Foundation and framing: The next step is to pour the foundation and construct the frame of the house. This typically involves hiring a contractor and coordinating the delivery of materials such as lumber, concrete, and roofing.
  • Rough plumbing and electrical: Once the framing is complete, the next step is to install rough plumbing and electrical systems. This involves running pipes and wires through the walls and floors of the house.
  • Insulation and drywall: After the plumbing and electrical systems are installed, insulation is typically added to the walls and attic. Once the insulation is in place, drywall is hung to create the interior walls of the house.
  • Finish work: With the walls in place, the next step is to install doors, windows, and trim work. This includes adding baseboards, crown molding, and other decorative elements to the interior of the house.
  • Flooring and finishes: Once the finish work is complete, it’s time to install the flooring and other finishing touches. This may include installing tile, hardwood flooring, and carpeting, as well as painting or wallpapering the walls.
  • Final inspection and move-in: After all the work is complete, a final inspection is typically required to ensure that the house meets all local building codes and regulations. Once the inspection is complete, you can move into your new home and start enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Keep in mind that building a house on rural vacant land can be a complex and time-consuming process, and it’s important to work with experienced professionals at every stage of the process.

When you buy land from Property Masters, we’re here to help.

First we provide you with our Due Diligence document. This document is compiled by contacting the county, city, and utility providers (power, water/sewer, or well/septic) as well as a bunch of online research. It includes information on what type of structures can be built, setback requirements, if farm animals are allowed, and much more. Most importantly it includes the websites, phone numbers, and contact names for the various municipalities and service providers you’ll need to get things started.

Next, we can often connect you with contractors and tradesmen you need.

Finally but not final… We’re also here to help you along the way. If you are ever stuck, give us a call and we’ll try to get you unstuck. We also LOVE getting construction pictures and being kept in the loop on how things are going. If you post pictures online, please tag us on social media (links are below). You can also email us at any time.

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