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Things to Consider When Building a Lake Home

Jun 26, 2020

5 Things to Consider When Building a Lake Home

A lake home is prime real estate no matter where you are, but building a lake home in the Carolina mountains is a privilege few are given. Designing each and every element of your dream home is an exciting process. You get to create a place that fully represents who you are! 

When you first decide to take on this endeavor, there are a few things on your to do list before the foundation can be laid. Let’s read about the five things you should consider when building your lake home.

1. Research the Lake

When it comes to real estate, location is key. Where you decide to build your lake home will influence your entire experience. With this said, the first thing you should do is research the lake where you plan to build. 

First, take into account the local laws. This will ensure you will be allowed to include everything on your wish list. As you do research, think about the shoreline and depth of the lake. Is the lake prone to flooding? How close to the shoreline can you build? Will you be able to build a dock? Will your boat be allowed on a lake of this size? Be sure to ask any and all questions that you can think may affect your quality of life later on. The answers will give you valuable information that will be useful when choosing your perfect homesite.

If you choose to build your lake home in The Lake Region at The Cliffs, you will want to research Lake Keowee. Located in Upstate South Carolina, this lake offers residents fun activities and many prestigious homesites. Learn more.

2. Choose an Experienced Builder

The next most important thing you can do is choose the right builder. This can be a challenge in and of itself. It is best to choose a builder with years of experience working in the local area. This way, they are already familiar with the local laws and regulations when it comes time to start construction. Additionally, they will know how to work with any challenges that the land comes with. 

The Cliffs Preferred Builder Program

At The Cliffs, we created the Preferred Builder Program in order to help future residents choose a trusted and experienced builder. We have comprised a list of the top builders in the area with years of experience building in the Carolina mountains. You can even select builders that specialize in lake home construction, so you know your new home is in good hands.

3. Homesite Capabilities

Each homesite is unique, and just like the lake itself, the one you choose will ultimately shape the design of your future home. It is crucial to understand the land and what you can and cannot do when it comes time to build. Continue to ask questions about the land, especially as you visit different homesites with your builder. Their expertise will be able to guide you and determine what land is best for your dream lake home. If the homesite is not capable of certain elements on your wish list, it may be best to keep searching for one that is. After all, you’re investing in this property and it should exceed all of your expectations.

4. Communicate with Your Architect (and Builders)

Communication is an essential part of the building process. You may have an idea of what you want in your head, but now it is time to share that vision with the people who are going to help you make it a reality. For some, it’s quite the challenge to envision their dream lake home, especially when all you see are trees and land on an empty homesite. 

This is where the experts come into play. They have years of experience working with clients looking to design a home, and it is up to you to give them all of the information they need to create a design that matches your style and personality. Asking specific questions, giving lots of details and providing examples of things you like and don’t like are fundamental to getting the design for your lake home right. 

When you build a relationship with your architect, it will help you feel more connected to the project. You will also be more comfortable through each step because you know that you are both on the same page. Remember that once you have a design, the builders will be the ones bringing the blueprint to life. It is just as important to build a relationship with them, as it is with the architect. Together you form a team, so communication throughout the process will help things run smoothly. 

5. Highlight the Views 

When designing your lake home, be sure to take into account the views. Highlight your favorite views by incorporating them in areas of your home where you plan to spend the most time. Good communication with your architect will come into play during this phase of the process. If you have always dreamed of waking up and stepping out on a private porch from your master bedroom, tell them. Or maybe you love to host dinner parties and want a dining room where the view is the conversation starter. 

To truly highlight the views, take into consideration the types of windows you use while building. Frameless windows create the illusion of a picture frame, bordering the stunning lake views. Use varying perspectives to create different feelings in a space. While some windows may overlook the water, some can highlight other impressive natural views, such as the mountains. The views you choose to accentuate will allow you to get closer to the outdoors, without even having to step foot outside. 

At The Cliffs, we have a number of homesites available on the pristine shores of Lake Keowee. With views of the water and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, your lake home will have no problem highlighting these views. The Lake Region at The Cliffs is home to three lake communities that offer unique experiences for those who call them home. The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. Each community brings the wonders of lake living right to your front door. 

So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to take the next step in making your dream lake home a reality, contact our Real Estate Sales Team to start discovering available homesites in our Lake Region. 

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