FINDING LAND

The whole process starts with finding a place where we can  build or a property that we can tear down.

Once you choose your site, our team will evaluate the place and all initial costs.

Thanks to our durable steel reinforced framing, we can build on various places on a variety of site conditions.  In case you are narrowing down 2-3 potential land options , it is advisable to connect with some of Eurohouse consultants to talk about the future possibilities, the development of the project and for the home delivery as a whole.

 

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

 

Eurohouse homes generally perform better in a variety of site conditions thanks to our durable steel-reinforced framing, and the 3rd party engineering that comes standard with every home. Before purchasing a lot, or if you are narrowing down 2-3 potential land options, we recommend a Eurohouse site visit to ensure successful home delivery. During your search, consider the variables below that affect site costs.

Lot Size

Typically, we recommend lots of 5,000+ sqft. and 40’+ wide. Eurohouse frequently does teardown projects in infill areas, and verifies our delivery and site plan within a delivery assessment. Larger lots can be fantastic, but often require longer utility runs. Land properties that may affect price Proximity to utilities such as gas, septic and water etc. all of which require permitting and construction

The characteristics of the lot itself – sloped or not etc. Additional design features – decking , connectors etc. Environmental restrictions Overall site access

 

BUILDING AREA

SIDEBREEZE 57' x 39'-6"

BREEZE AIRE 57' x 39' -6"

BALANCE 41'-3" x 71'

BREEZEHOUSE 68' x 65' - 11"

ELEMENT 21' -2" x 57'

ORIGIN 21' -2" x 57'

ORIGIN POD 21' -2" x 30'

Lot properties that affect building cost

Besides the cost of the land itself, taxes and closing costs, your Eurohouse team will help you estimate and identify costs driven by the land location and characteristics:

 

  •     Proximity and cost of utilities such as electricity, gas, septic/sewer and water/well, all of which require permitting and construction;
  •     The cost and extent of site development; for example, steeply sloped lots increase excavation, grading, and foundation costs significantly but can include the extra square footage of a “walk out” or fully finished basement;
  •     Additional design features, such as decking, trellises, finished lower levels and site-built connectors;
  •     Environmental restrictions such as wetlands, conservation, or coastal areas;
  •     Access to the site for delivery and installation.

Resources you should request

We recommend that you request the following resources from the seller before you put an offer on the land:

  •     Boundary survey that contains property lines, setbacks, contours (topo map), location of utilities (water, sewer, electrical, septic restrictions) and environmental restrictions (wetlands, conservation land, etc.)
  •     Soils Report (if applicable) will detail geology and seismic data so a structural engineer can determine necessary foundation requirements
  •     Planning Dept. Regulations (using your site’s Assessor Parcel Number or ‘APN#’)
  •     Find out if your local jurisdiction requires any special planning reviews such as Design Review, Historical Review, etc., from the local building department;
  •     Photographs of your site in .jpg format.

TEARDOWNS

Many great lots that have some of the best views, proximity to town amenities, and low cost utilities, are teardowns. While there are definitely beautiful homes that should be preserved, there are also, like cars, a significant amount of homes that are incredibly inefficient, expensive to maintain and renovate and lacking in basic building technology and comfort. We recommend to tear down these homes, which can be an eco-friendly process and offer tax benefits.

 

Teardown lots can be more convenient

 

  •     Teardowns are often available in established neighborhoods and school districts that often do not have vacant land available. Utility lines or “runs” (electric, gas, water, sewer) will often be in place
  •     In some cases you are able to reuse existing septic systems
  •     Require less hardscaping and land remediation

 

 

Costs

It usually costs from $6.00 to $10.00 per square foot to demolish a home. Blu can help you identify a local demolition company for a quote.

Key cost considerations:

 

  •     Presence of harmful materials like asbestos adds $2.00-$3.00 psf (EPA requires proper abatement)
  •     Landfill and hauling fees for the debris
  •     Building materials of the house (concrete and durable materials like brick increase demolition costs)

Your teardown can be green & cost-effective

Tearing down a home does not have to be a destructive process, nor does it have to be expensive. With some additional planning, clients can perform an environmentally friendly deconstruction and salvage the materials of a home for donation to charities such as Habitat for Humanity.

 

Blu does not perform deconstructions, but there are many experts who do. After factoring in the tax-benefits of donating your deconstructed materials, the net cost of deconstruction can be near zero.

DEVELOPERS & REALTORS

Developer Partners

A great option for a streamlined sales process is to purchase a Eurohouse home in conjunction with a site through one of our developer partners. These are typically small developers, and are committed to Eurhouse's vision of thoughtful design that respects and showcases the surrounding land. Please ask our sales consultant if there are any Eurohouse home developer projects in your area.

REALTORS

We partner with land agents to find clients land. Our well-defined building process and in-house land evaluation team means that Eurohouse clients can move quickly through a land transaction. Land agents receive their customary commissions, and if they are a member of Eurohous's referral program, they can be eligible for an incentive from Eurohouse.

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

There are many real estate search sites for finding land. We have curated our favorites and listed them by geography. In the section below, you can browse through local and national online land listings. The links for each area are pre-filtered for lots that are over 0.25 acres; fitting Eurohouse homes on lots smaller than this is difficult. You can adjust the budget filters to match your land price range. Happy Hunting!

LAND EVALUATION

 

Conceptual Design Study

 

Eurohouse can evaluate your lot (s) for build-ability before you purchase it. Most clients choose to do a full conceptual design study, complete with a preliminary delivery assessment, code & zoning research, conceptual design, and budget and timeline estimate. If you are evaluating multiple lots, we can also do a simple delivery assessment evaluation for up to 3 lots per day.

 

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