Finding the right Building Plot
What is "right" must be defined by the person who plans to build. one person may feel that a steep hill is the right plot while another person would prefer a flat meadow. Beyond slopes however, are considerations that make one plot far more suitable for building than others. Good drainage is important. Without good drainage of rain waters a building constructed on a plot will suffer water damage and water related deterioration like mold and mildew. The plot also must be stable. It would not be wise to build and then discover that the building is sitting on top of a known earthquake fault.
The presence or absence of creeks, rivers, ponds, trees and large boulders or ravines will shape the decision on whether the plot is suitable to build. Some creative individuals have constructed homes surrounding a boulder that becomes a focal point of a great room; others have built on stilts over running creeks to savor the sound of running water. These adventurous builders go to greater costs and design efforts to build in this manner, though, and most people would be better off choosing a plot with less geographic obstacles. The proximity of water, electric, gas, and telephone lines to the plot are considerations in making the decision to build on a particular plot. The further these amenities are from the plot, the more costly it will be to secure them.
Additionally, the lack of good road access can turn what would be a good plot into one that is a bad one. Being able to get to the plot year round, despite snow or rain, is essential. Building on a plot that is reachable only by muddy or washed out roads is a very bad idea. As you can see, there are many things to consider in choosing a plot to build on.