Building Your Dream Home – Should You Choose A Lot or Builder First?

Your dreams of building a home in Colorado are becoming a reality and you are ready to take the next steps. There’s just one question – do you need to find the lot or the builder first? Here are some considerations to help you find and build the perfect home.

Find Your Neighborhood First
As with any home purchase, and as the saying goes, location, location, location. Before purchasing a lot or contacting a builder you need to find a neighborhood with ideal:


  • Proximity to schools
  • Commute for work
  • Community opportunities
  • Access to major cities

Once you have found your ideal neighborhood, a site visit is an absolute must as you get to know the surrounding areas to your lot and review items like road access and property conditions. Depending on the season your lot will look different so it’s important to picture how your home will sit when it is no longer shaded by surrounding trees, or whether it has northern exposure.

The benefit of using a builder who knows the area is they can tell you not only about the features of master planned communities such as amenities, special features like our Wild Rumpus park, hiking or biking trails, parks, and proximity to towns or schools.

Builders can also help you look at interior design options, window or deck placement for optimal light and relaxation outdoors, and other small details you may not know to ask for but a good builder will surely point out.


Don’t Break the Bank
Using a builder that has already worked in your future neighborhood can help you in a variety of ways. They may:

  • Already know what potential extra expenses may come up, due to soil conditions, utilities, or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Help you navigate everything from lot preparation to selection of home materials. Does your builder use energy efficient materials that will help keep your future costs down and save you money?
  • Answer questions like do you need to do tree removal or build a driveway? Are there hills or valleys on your lot that will affect water flow in the spring?

A good builder will also have the insight to help you select a floor plan that is good for the location. They can help you decide on the right number of rooms, floors, layout, colors and more. They will have insight to what has worked well in the past and have concrete examples to show you to help with inspiration and planning.

Selecting a lot without first having a builder in mind is one option, however we suggest that you first find a neighborhood and a home builder company that inspires trust and can help guide you through the process of creating your home. You will live there for years so you want to make sure it’s done right.

The Goetzmann team has over 35 years of experience building award winning homes in Colorado. We want your experience to be fun, exciting and most of all fulfilling. If you are ready to explore options and learn more about creating your dream home, contact us today.

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