Bear Lake Reserve, a gated community in Western North Carolina’s Jackson County, is well-known for its mountain views, natural landscape, and steep slopes. Although the landscapes and views are attractive for homebuyers, the steep gradients and mountainous elevations can make certain house plans more cost-effective than others, depending on the site’s topography. Fortunately, our seasoned professionals have no problems with tricky terrain.
In one example of a difficult-to-build Bear Lake Reserve home, the clients working with Bernie Gilchrist at Sundog Realty wanted to maximize their long-range mountain views from the land they selected. However, the lot they chose was narrow and didn’t leave much room for expanding outward, so they had to compensate by building a large portion of the home – including the foundation – on a fairly sharp incline. Like most custom home buyers, they had a long wishlist and didn’t want or expect the foundation costs of their new home to take money away from some of those wishlist items. Our Sundog Homes team performed a free evaluation, figured out the best placement of their home based on its floor plan, and helped them strike the perfect balance between maximizing their view of the lake and the mountains from their rear decks, curb appeal, and most importantly, cost.