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How Much Land Do You Need to Build a House?

June 4, 2024
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How much land is right for your new home?

Are you thinking of buying land or building a home? Is it your dream to have land, a nice big house, and everything else you want on that land? Let’s break down the numbers of what you might expect to look for when it’s time to pursue a new construction home project. If you are interested in building a home in Maryland, Ameri-Star Homes is here to help you in Glen Burnie.

Average House Size in Maryland

According to the Motley Fool, the average house size in Maryland is 2,207 square feet. An acre of land is 43,560 square feet. Meanwhile, the national average for a residential lot size is only 8,177 square feet as of 2019, which is 0.188 acres. If you know the square footage and land acreage of your current residence or a relative’s or friend’s, then you have a visual, real-life idea of how big it really is.

Calculating How Much Land You Need to Build a House

Residential homes can be built on very little acreage these days, as builders want to maximize the number of houses per acre. Usually, you might see about 2-3 houses per acre. Customized new construction homes usually have more land to work with, but it all depends on your goals. After all, you can choose to build on a readymade lot or on your own piece of land. 

Overall, however, the rule is for the land to be three times as large as the house. Therefore, you can calculate how much land you might need by figuring your new home’s maximum square footage and multiplying it by three.

Simple Guidelines Regarding Utilities and Land Size

Ameri-Star Homes has a land team dedicated to researching and finding the best plot of land for your dream home. With that being said, the American Planning Association has a few simple guidelines on how big the property must be regarding utilities or lack thereof.

  • The land must be at least half an acre if there are no water or sewer systems.
  • The land must be at least a quarter of an acre if it is missing either a water or sewer system.
  • You can build a house on land less than a quarter of an acre if both utilities are present.

Determining How Big Your House Should Be

Read on to discover how big your home should be, or learn more about how Ameri-Star Homes can help you!

Let Ameri-Star Homes Build Your New Custom Home!

Ameri-Star Homes was built on the idea that a home is not complete until the homeowner is 100% satisfied. That’s right, completely satisfied homeowners. Whether you want a home built on one of our home sites or on your own land, count on the same high quality from Ameri-Star. We have set out to exceed all your expectations of integrity, affordability, and customer satisfaction. Build lasting memories for years to come with Ameri-Star Homes. 

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