Construction & Building Process
The process is much like searching for a home, except you are looking for the land instead of the entire house to build your custom dream home on. Still, starting with a local real estate expert is critical, and when you are thinking about purchasing land to build, or even purchasing a tear-down, or fixer-upper, it is important to seek that local expertise with questions regarding zoning, HOA restrictions, building constraints, etc.
All of Mason County is zoned, and therefore, seeking local zoning codes is a critical starting point when looking to build or substantially fix up, and build your dream home. Be open and honest with your realtor about your plans. Depending on the complexity of your project, you will probably want to also enlist the assistance of a General Contractor or Architect to ensure that your dream home can become a reality. You do not want to fall in love with that perfect property with a view to find out you cannot build high enough to enjoy it, or build the square footage you desire.
WHO TO TALK TO…
Architects and General Contractors, along with your Realtor, will be able to help you with planning and utility information to make a quality and informed decision on where to build. Once you have settled on a property that your contractor or architect feels confident about, we recommend contacting the local zoning administrator to discuss the project to see if there will be any roadblocks before making that initial offer on the property. Seek out the professionals listed here.
For those looking to purchase an existing mixed-use property to rehab or build new, we recommend beginning at the local/county building and zoning departments. If the project is a larger commercial development (larger than 10,000 square feet) we also recommend talking to the staff of the Mason County Growth Alliance, as they will be able to assist you in the planning and potential for your development project.