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By : Brian Carlin

Should You Build Your Home on a Lake in Texas?

Another way to improve your summer living in Texas if you currently reside in the state or are looking to move here, besides building a pool, is to build a custom home on or near a lake

Texas has some great lakes. As you consider where to build your new home in North Texas, consider building a waterfront home or lakehouse. You can enjoy living on the lake and seeing those waterfront views all year long, while being able to welcome friends and family over for summer vacation. 

If you’re thinking about building a lakefront home, consider:

 

 

 

What Are the Benefits of Lake Living?

Your first thought when it comes to building a home on a lake is probably the views and recreational activities you’ll find there. But  there are actually many other benefits of lake living:

  • Better air quality for your overall health
  • Calming atmosphere
  • Privacy
  • Financial Investment
    (Lakefront properties are often worth more at resale value)

 

 

 

How Do I Start Building a Texas Lakehouse?

Hedgefield Homes - Back Porch View From New Lake Home

If you’re ready to start the home building process to build your custom home on the lake or just want an overview of the home building process for lake houses, here are the steps you will go through: 

  1. Meet with Builders Near You
  2. Choose a Builder to Build Your Home
  3. Find Your Lot
  4. Pick Your Floor Plan
  5. Make Your Design Selections
  6. Meet with Your Builder Again Before Construction Begins
  7. Finance Your Home by Getting a Loan
  8. Start the Home Construction Process
  9. Register for Your Home Warranty
  10. Move In & Start Enjoying Lake Living

 

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What Kind of Floor Plan Is Best for a Waterfront Home?

Hedgefield Homes North Texas Lake HouseWhen you choose a floor plan for a custom waterfront or lakefront home, consider how to maximize the views by choosing the right plan for your new home.  

Here are some added features you’ll want to think about: 

  • Kitchen, family room, and master bedroom located on the backside of the home with lots of windows so you can see the water
  • Large back patio or deck space 
  • Extra space for guests to stay

Below are some of our home plans we think would be ideal for a lakefront home in Texas:

 

Best Hedgefield Homes Floor Plans for a Lake House

 

The Archer Plan

The Archer floor plan offers an extended covered patio option or front porch add-on, as well as having the master, family room and eating area located at the back of the home. Archer BArcher-BGImage

 

 

The Bankhead Plan

The Bankhead floor plan offers a covered back patio and front porch add-on. The master bedroom, family room and eating area are also located at the back of the house. 

Bankhead Classic Floor Plan (Hedgefield Custom Homes North Texas)

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The Bosque Plan

The Bosque floor plan is great if you have kids who would enjoy the waterfront view, as well, or if you’d like to offer your guests a waterfront view. This particular plan has one bedroom, family room, eating area and master bedroom located at the back of the house. 

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The Calvin Plan

The Calvin floor plan is another great one that has a bedroom, family room, eating area and master bedroom at the back of the house. It also offers a back patio off the eating area where you could set out patio furniture or an outdoor table to enjoy sitting outside. 

Calvin Floor Plan - No Garage A

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The Grandview Plan

If you liked the Calvin floor plan, you’ll really love our Grandview floor plan. While it also has a bedroom, family room, eating area and master bedroom located at the back of the house, it also comes with a covered patio. 

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The Clearfork Plan

The Clearfork plan has the same back-of-the-house features as the Grandview and Calvin but offers a porch vs. patio and is less square feet than the previous two plans if you’re looking for something a bit smaller. 

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Clearfork BG Floorplan Video

 

The Meridian Plan

Finally, the Meridian plan is another great option if you’d like to maximize those waterfront views. It is a 2-story home plan with the family room and eating area located at the back of the house on the first story, along with an optional covered patio off the eating area, as well as another activity or family-like room and a bedroom located at the back of the house upstairs.

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The Meridian BG Image - Video

 

 

 

How Long Will It Take to Build My Home on the Lake?

 

Building a custom home on a lake can take anywhere from 4 to 12 months. The timeline for your custom lake house will depend on a few factors: 

  • The Builder
  • The Floor Plan
  • Needed Site Development
  • Custom Features & Upgrades

 

The Builder 

When it comes to home building, it’s important to understand that not only will you have to choose between home builders, but you will need to choose the type of builder you want for your custom home, which can impact your timeline and where you build. 

There are production builders, semi-custom builders and fully custom builders. 

Production builders often have a set neighborhood you build in and depending on availability can usually build houses pretty quick because there isn’t a lot of customization. 

Semi-custom builders are a great middle ground because they have set plans you can customize and you can usually choose where you want to build. 

Fully custom builders will definitely let you build wherever you want and with whichever plan you’d like, but because there is total freedom in customizations, it can usually take the longest to build. 

 

Floor Plan 

If you choose a floor plan that is totally custom or has lots of unique add-ons and features, it may take longer to build than a simple floor plan builders are used to building.

While you should build the home you want, you’ll just want to keep that in mind when it comes to a home building timeline.   

 

Needed Site Development 

When you’re building on a lake or out in the country, you will likely need more site development than building in the city, which will add some more time to your timeline. As you look for a lot on or by the lake, consider how much work will be required to get the lot ready to build. If you’re unsure, talk to your builder about coming out to the lot site with you. 

 

Custom Features & Upgrades 

The more features and upgrades you add, the additional time your home will take to complete, so this is another factor to remember if you are pressed on time for your new home. If you need help deciding which custom features and upgrades to consider, check out this article

 

 

 

Where Are the Best Places to Build a Lakehouse in North Texas?

 

For this article, we’re going to focus primarily on the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Below, you’ll find some of the many popular lakes in and around Dallas-Fort Worth, along with current lot and property values, so you’ll know how much you’ll need to invest for the land and the possible appraisal value you might find for a home in each area.

 

Northern Lakes

  • Lake Ray Hubbard
  • Lewisville Lake
  • Lake Ray Roberts
  • Grapevine Lake

Eastern Lakes

  • White Rock Lake
  • Lavon Lake
  • Lake Tawakoni
  • Lake Fork

Southern Lakes

  • Joe Pool Lake
  • Cedar Creek Reservoir
  • Bardwell Lake

Western Lakes (Our Build Area)

  • Lake Weatherford
  • Lake Mineral Wells
  • Eagle Mountain Lake
  • Lake Bridgeport
  • Benbrook Lake
  • Lake Worth

  • Lake Granbury
  • Possum Kingdom Lake

 

Best Lakes Around Dallas-Fort Worth

Lake Mineral Wells

Northern Lakes

Lake Ray Hubbard

Property values: $335k - $2.9M

Lot values: $15k - $5M

Lake Ray Hubbard

Lewisville Lake

Property values: $365k - $1.5M

Lot values: $115k - $7.14MLake Lewisville

 

Lake Ray Roberts

Property values: $350K - $3.5M

Lot values: $15K - $7.5M

Ray Roberts

 

Grapevine Lake

Property values: $400K - $25M

Lot values: $110K - $1.5M

Grapevine Lake

Eastern Lakes

 

White Rock Lake

Property values: $425K - $3.25M

Lot values: $650K - $2M

White Rock Lake Google Maps

 

Lavon Lake

Property values: $260K - $8M

Lot values: $88K - $6M

Lavon Lake

Lake Tawakoni

Property values: $40K - $2M

Lot values: $15K - $950K

Lake Tawakoni

Lake Fork

Property values: $75K - $2.6M

Lot values: $14K - $675K

Lake Fork

Southern Lakes

Joe Pool Lake

Property values: $300K - $3.4M

Lot values: $120K - $1.3M

Joe Pool Lake

 

Cedar Creek Reservoir

Property values: $99K - $5M

Lot values: $10K - $1.2M

Cedar Creek Reservoir

 

Bardwell Lake

Property values: $110K - $1.2M

Lot values: $30K - $2M

Bardwell Lake

Western Lakes

There are some great lakes on the west side of Fort Worth, many of which fall within the boundary of where we build custom homes

If you are looking to build with Hedgefield Homes and are open to the location of your new home, consider the following lakes for your custom home: 


Lake Weatherford

Located in Parker County and is surrounded by cities like Hudson Oaks, Willow Park and Weatherford. 

 

Property values: $220K - $1.5M

Lot values: $170K -  $5M

Lake Weatherford

 

Lake Mineral Wells

Located in Parker County and Palo Pinto CountyState park surrounds the lake but you can build nearby. 

 

Property values: $500K - $700K

Lot values: $250K - $750K

Lake Mineral Wells

Eagle Mountain Lake

Located in Wise and Tarrant County and surrounded by cities like Briar, Azle and Fort Worth. 

 

Property values: $250K - $2M

Lot values: $55K - $2M

Eagle Mountain Lake

Lake Bridgeport

Located in Wise County and surrounded by Bridgeport.  

 

Property values: $300K - $2.8M

Lot values: $25K - $1.35M

Lake bridgeport

Benbrook Lake

Located in Tarrant County and surrounded by cities like Benbrook and Primrose. 

 

Property values: $440K - $2.7M

Lot values: $50K - $400K

 

Benbrook Lake

Lake Worth

Located in Tarrant County.

 

Property values - $450K - $750K

Lot values - $55K - $2M

 

 

Lake Worth

 

Lake Granbury

Located in Hood County and surrounded by cities like Granbury and Pecan Plantation. 

 

Property value: $200K - $4M

Lot Value: $20K - $200K

 

 

Lake Granbury

Possum Kingdom Lake 

Property values: $595K - $8.2M

Lot values: $15k - $600K

 

*Property and lot values were sourced from Zillow

 

 

possum kingdom lake

 

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