Building on Corners

Building on CornersThere are certain advantages to building in all sorts of different environments, in different areas of cities and more. It’s something that you should definitely be aware of if you’re buying or building as each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Normally the RW Steel team focuses on parts of cities, different terrains or even whether you should pursue a home in notable areas like those that are rural, mountainous or on the coast. But we haven’t discussed what a home looks like simply if it’s on the corner of a street versus in the middle of one. Spoiler alert – there are things to think about. Both owners and buyers have mixed emotions. It can be seen as the best place to be, but it can also be a stressor, especially if you’re worried about traffic in the area. Read on for more information:

When you’re building on a corner lot, the immediate benefit is that you’re going to get more property, automatically. You’re most likely building over multiple lots and potentially even seeing additional amazing views. If you’re thinking through home design and know that you’re going to need a garage, it will only be on one side of the home, and the options are endless when it comes to balconies, unique uses of space and more. If you don’t want a garage at all, you’ll notice that it’s very popular for corner lots to have sweeping driveways out front that ensure easy access to both streets that the home is a part of.

Secondly on the “pros” list – is the amount of land that you’ll have to landscape on. Many of our current and prospective customers seek out corner lots because it means that their backyards, their side yards, even their front yards will be so much more amplified with options down the line to build there as well.

Looking at the other side of the coin, if you’re building on a corner, you are going to be more visible to a higher stream of traffic, seeing those going down multiple streets. As mentioned above, it’s something to think about, especially if you’re looking for a location that doesn’t see a lot of foot or vehicle traffic.

Of course, if the home is already built, there are questions that you want to ask. Namely, what’s your address? That, depending on where you live, is entirely up to the builder or the company that helped you construct the home. If that’s RW Steel, we can cut out most of the red tape and answer these questions quickly and easily for you. Just make sure that you’re having the conversation up-front and not surprised later. It’s surprising how many implications this can have down the line, especially with the post office and other delivery services. Again, if you do your homework early and often, it shouldn’t be a problem.

It can be a head-scratcher unless you work with a team like that of RW Steel. We’ll survey it with you, have the tough conversations and ultimately make the best decision for you.