Build On Your Lot FAQ

How easy is it to build a custom home on your lot in the Raleigh Triangle area?

Where can I build a custom home?

Stanton Homes builds custom homes in communities from country club to countryside, across 13 counties within about an hour of Apex. Start your search here. Whether you find your lot on MLS, an online source, or a “by owner” sign, just look for an indication that you can “bring your own builder.”

Are Stanton Homes turnkey?

Yes. We take care of everything it takes to build your custom home – tractor work, septic, well, driveway, permits, construction – you’ll see all the details in the package we prepare, with your very detailed estimate.

Will you help me get an Improvement Permit for my septic and/or well?
Yes, we strongly recommend that this be completed as part of your due diligence in your purchase of your lot. Contact us with specific questions or for help submitting.
Can I use my lot as a down payment?

The new construction lenders we work with offer a variety of programs. We’ll be happy to provide their contact information, so they can tell you how that can work.

Can I do my own clearing?

Yes, but there are some things to keep in mind. It can cost as much to have stumps removed later as it does to have the entire trees tipped and removed now. And you need to be careful about how much you clear and follow government mandates about your septic field. You will learn more about this in your lot assessment.  Always discuss your plans for clearing with your builder before you get started.

What can I do if my lot perks for a 3 bedroom home, but I want 4 bedrooms?

Regulations vary by location. We’ll talk with you about this when we discuss your lot and your floor plan.

I’m used to public sewer. Aren’t septic systems something used in the countryside?

Most lots in North Carolina over about half an acre have septic systems – including neighborhood communities and country club estates. Septic systems are extremely common, with systems designed for the type of soil in the area. Be sure to find out what the perk is – it can make a big difference in how much engineering is required for the system, and impact your build cost. We’ll tell you how that works.

Can I use an existing septic system?

It depends on the situation and the location as regulations vary. In order to qualify for reuse, any existing system will need to be inspected, rated appropriately, and be able to connect to your new home.

What’s a repair field? Why do I need that?

A repair field is set in place to protect you from the rare occurrence of a septic system needing to be replaced. A repair field ensures that your lot has enough suitable soil to run additional lines, as a backup.

Can I put a shed or outbuilding over my septic field?

No. Septic fields need to be protected. Their placement is determined by experts, and everything that you build on your lot needs to take their existence into consideration.

How often do I need to have my septic tank pumped?

Most systems recommend pumping every 3-5 years or so. Find out more about septic system care here.

What if I want a pool out back later on?

If you’re considering a future pool (and the neighborhood covenants allow it), let your builder know. It can make a difference in how the county views your septic and well placements.

Where’s the best place to put my house on the lot, and why?

Several factors need to be considered in the location of your home. Well and septic placement, setbacks, easements, topography and covenants all come into play. This is what our lot assessment is all about – the fit of your home to your lot – within the parameters of what can be done.

Why does the location of my garage need to be moved?

The location of your garage depends on a variety of factors. Some communities dictate that all garages must be side load. The slope of the lot also matters - your garage usually should be on the uphill side of your lot. The length of your driveway is another aspect to take into consideration. This is another topic for your lot assessment with the builder.

Do I have enough room for a side entry garage? How much space do I need?

You’ll need at least 35-50 ft of available space to work with on the side of the home where your side load will be located. This will require more work and materials for your driveway.

Why does a little bit of slope make a difference if the lot is almost flat?

Even a small slope of 1-3’ across the building envelope requires extra foundation work. Your builder will explain what that takes at your lot assessment.

Why can’t I have a basement if my lot is flat?

Due to soil conditions in North Carolina, we build walk-out basements, which require a slope of around 6’ over the course of the home. If there is some slope – but not enough for a basement - a tall crawl is another option.

Can you tear down the house on a lot and build a new home?

Yes. This is becoming an increasingly common occurrence as popular areas become dense. Each situation is different, so we will need to take a look at the location, age, structure and other criteria, in addition to the floor plan and specs you are planning to build.

My septic permit shows the septic field where I want my house. Will the county move it?

This can be possible if the lot has suitable soils and the space required.  An inspection and new permits will be required.

Tips for choosing a builder for building on your lot


Check out online reviews posted by clients and colleagues of the builder. Letters of appreciation that mention team members by name can be a good indicator of how involved you will be in the build of your home.


Look at photo tours. In addition to craftsmanship and materials, check to see how unique the homes are. Truly custom builders don’t just have a handful of floor plans, with similar looks. Look for themes that denote special care being taken with details, such as commonality of barrel vault foyers and hallways, trey ceilings, archways and builtins.


Ask for tours of homes in progress – so you can see what it takes, behind the walls, to create real homes for real people – not just a production home model that may be misleading.

How many floorplans do you have to choose from – a few select choices or endless possibilities from nearly any custom floor plan source?

How much is the builder willing to modify your plan, to create the kind of space your lifestyle requires?

Can you sketch up your own plan, with a builder who can turn your dream into a brand new floor plan, without the cost of an architect?

Contact us – we’ll tell you what it takes to build your custom home.