From the Ground Up

Building in a New Construction Community vs. Building on a Private Lot

One of the first steps in building a custom home is deciding where you want to live. Do you want to live in a neighborhood? In a rural area? What are your criteria? To make the choice a little easier for you, we break down the benefits of building in a new construction community and building on your own lot.


New Construction Community

A new construction community is a neighborhood where are all the homes are new and currently being built. Your neighbors will be right next to you and in the end, it will look like a normal neighborhood. Here are some of the top reasons to build in a new construction community.



The biggest benefit of building in a community is convenience. The piece of land will be perfectly cultivated for you to build a new home there. It’ll also already have utility hookups in place, which is one less expense for you.


Community lots are often situated in a city or suburban areas. New construction communities tend to be in a nicer area of town where you’ll be safe. The community may even have its own security measures in place. Also, since it’s a neighborhood, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ll have people nearby in case you ever need them.


Purchasing a lot in a community can be perfect for a family because you’ll be able to make friends and get to know your neighbors. It’ll also have access to nice sidewalks, parks, and paths for your family. New construction communities are often located near grocery stores, schools, or other shopping centers which can be convenient compared to being out in the countryside.


Save Time

As we mentioned before, you don’t need to hook up utilities when building in a community, which can save time. Also, since you are in a suburban area, you’ll save time driving to stores, restaurants, and commuting to your job.


Building on Your Own Lot

Unlike building in a community, building on your own lot would most likely be in a rural area. This can give you the freedom to do what you want with your home. You likely won’t have neighbors right next door and will have a larger plot of land to work with. Here are the top perks of building on your own lot.

Tuscany landscape with typical farm house


You’ll have much more space compared to building in a community, which means you’ll be farther from your neighbors. The rural area will give you more peace and quiet since not only will you have fewer neighbors but also lights and cars in the area will be less frequent too.


In rural areas, you’ll be able to have multiple acres if you’d like. You’ll have way more space and no restrictions when building. So, if you’re someone who appreciates a large yard, building on your own lot would be the best option compared to living in a new construction neighborhood.


In a community, there will be a lot of concrete but when living in a more rural area, you’ll experience a lot more greenery. You’ll have a larger lot, so you’ll have a larger yard and more trees, bushes, plants, flowers, etc.



While some people prefer an HOA, others do not. If you don’t want to pay an extra fee every month, you won’t have to worry about that if you build on your own lot. You also won’t have to adhere to any restrictions HOAs might have in place.


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Ultimately, the choice is up to you and your preferences. Some families enjoy a short walk to a restaurant and others love the silence and greenery of a rural area. Whichever you decide for your new custom home, Elon Homes can work with you through the process. We’ve built homes in neighborhoods and out in more rural areas.


It’s never too early to start the conversation about building your home, so get in touch with us today. In the meantime, download our Ultimate Guide to Building a Home in West Michigan. There is a whole chapter about choosing the location of your new home.