Build or Buy? 5 Reasons To Build Your Vacation Home
5 Reasons to Consider Building a Vacation Home on Kiawah Island
Making the decision to purchase a home on Kiawah Island is exciting. After all, a home on Kiawah Island is more than just a home. It’s an unparalleled experience to share with friends, family and of course, the untouched beauty of the Island.
While Kiawah Island offers a range of home types from single family homes to villas and cottages, many home buyers are opting to purchase a homesite and build their island dream home instead.
When contemplating to build or buy, it’s important to effectively weigh all of your options. Let us guide you through the advantages of crafting your one-of-a-kind vacation home as we discuss the five benefits of building a home on Kiawah Island.
The Benefits of Building a Vacation Home on Kiawah Island
1. No Two Homes are the Same
In a typical residential neighborhood development, it’s not uncommon to find homes that are highly similar — if not identical — to one another. Mirroring the same appearance, size and features of a model home are standard for many home build projects. On Kiawah Island, though, this is simply not the case.
Throughout the 10,000 acres of land on Kiawah Island, no two homes are exactly the same. From the marshes to the beaches, each homesite is unique, and must be treated as such.
When building a home on Kiawah Island, nature plays a significant role in the design process. Since each homesite offers a unique location, topography and view, a residential design that worked for one homesite may not work for another. This guarantees that no two Kiawah Island homes will be the same. In this way, your custom or semi-custom built home is like a fingerprint on the Island — completely unique to you!
2. Each Home is Built to Reflect Its Surroundings
Barrier Islands like Kiawah are dynamic, ever-evolving places. As the master developer, it’s our responsibility to understand, respect the land and create a balance between architecture and nature. This keen respect for nature impacts the build of each home on Kiawah Island. Not only does the environment affect the build of the home, but also the home’s appearance.
An available homesite could be located on the beach or river, near a golf course, by a marsh or lagoon, or in a more secluded, wooded area — each with their own distinct features and appearances. These features are the foundation for the design of the home itself, pulling in natural materials, tones and indigenous fauna from its nearby environment to create an aesthetic that is designed with nature.
The most beautiful homes on Kiawah Island make it difficult to discern where the home ends and the landscape begins. When building your own home, you have the opportunity to work with your builder to choose a home design and landscaping blueprint that mimics the breathtaking beauty surrounding your home — allowing you to enjoy more of the view you love so much.
3. Customizable to Your Preferences
Why purchase an existing home when you can build a home suited perfectly for you? It’s uncommon for homebuyers to find a home that checks every box on their list. While there’s no denying that each villa, cottage and home on Kiawah Island is beautiful and suitable for a variety of homebuyers, these homes weren’t crafted with your specific needs in mind.
Building a home, on the other hand, doesn’t require you to compromise. Event the most elaborate of vacation home wish lists are possible when building a home! This allows you, your family and your friends to make the most out of your home, without being concerned about future improvements like you might be with an existing home.
So go ahead, build the home of your dreams! Why not?
4. Streamlined Process Means Perfect Build
If you’re looking to move to Kiawah Island quickly, opting for a home build may not initially sound like an ideal situation for you. While the build process may seem slower, it actually moves quite quickly due to our streamlined build process. Additionally, it gives you and your builder the time to make sure your home is exactly the way you want it.
Even from afar, our team of expert Sales Executives can provide you with the resources you need to build your Island home. Our process is strategically designed to cater to your specific needs while assuring your new home meets necessary requirements.
Throughout the build process, there are various surveys, analyses and reviews to be completed. While this works to make sure the home meets specific requirements, it also provides much needed time to ensure your new island home is perfect for you and your family.
Plus, maybe right now isn’t the right time to move into an existing Kiawah Island home. Throughout the home building process, you and your family have the time to prepare for this exciting next step. Whether you want your home to be ready in time for next year’s summer season, or you and your spouse are preparing to step into retirement, building a home on the Island gives you the time you need to plan.
5. Kiawah Island Real Estate Home Building Options
What can be an overwhelming task, Kiawah Island Real Estate has turned into an enjoyable, creative and collaborative experience through its built for sale program.
When you build a home on Kiawah Island with Kiawah Island Real Estate, you have the opportunity to take advantage of select home plan offerings. These specific offerings — currently offered for Clubhouse Village, Marsh Walk, Cassique Garden Cottages and The Estuary — give homebuyers a headstart on the home building experience on Kiawah with approvals, permits and plans already in place.
With your Kiawah Island Real Estate Sales Executive and an award-winning design and development team to help guide each homebuyer through the entire building process, the home building experience is often completed within 12 to 18 months. In as little as four visits, the built for sale program makes it as easy as possible for buyers — both local and those from afar — to build the home of their dreams.
When it comes to building a home on Kiawah Island, it’s best to trust the experts. Here at Kiawah Island Real Estate, we understand the home building process like few do. We can work with you to create a home you and your family will cherish for years to come with memories that will last a lifetime.
To access more information about the building process on Kiawah Island, reach out to our team. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!