In some towns, the cost of dealing with local rules, getting building permits and miscellaneous fees can add up to more than the TOTAL cost of building a house in others. There may be special wind or weather engineering requirements, strict height limitations even style and house paint rules that will influence what house you are allowed to build. The more you know before you start designing your new house the better.
Siting is one of the most influential decisions on a project. It affects the ‘ins and outs’ of your house…. It defines everything from where and how the sun and wind enters your home, to the views that you look out to (for example, you may want to face your big picture window towards the lake instead of your neighbors).
The "punch-list" is the last stage of every construction project. The punch-list describes all of the things that need to be completed or adjusted before the owner feels that the job is complete. As irritating as the punch-list is for builders, it is a useful tool for reaching agreement about the path to securing final payment.