Are you ready to build a lake house? Whether you’ve just been thinking about the idea or you’re ready to get the process started, there are some things you need to know. There’s plenty of lake property in South Carolina but it’s important to find the right piece of land to build on, the right builder, the right home design, and every other crucial piece of the lake home building process.

Find Land through a Reputable Lake Home Builder

Not all “ready-to-build lots” are truly ready to build on, or even available to build on. If you’re unsure about a property, do your due diligence and have it checked out by all the necessary experts and be sure it is indeed ready for construction. When you search for a property through a reputable home builder with experience building lake homes in the area, you can trust that you’ll find a quality lot.

Work with an Experienced Builder Who has Built Other Homes in the Same Area

Building a custom home is a huge undertaking, and building on lake property in South Carolina requires a certain level of experience to be successful. Find a builder that has built other homes on similar lots to the one you are considering. There are a lot of characteristics about a property that dictate the type and size of home that can be built on it, how the home will be situated, the landscaping, etc. This isn’t a job for a novice builder; you need the A team for this endeavor.

Consider the View from Every Room

If you’re building a lake home for the view of the water, you’ll need to take that into consideration for the design and layout of your home. Do you want the main living areas like the dining room and family room to have a view of the lake? What about the master bedroom or upstairs gathering areas? You’ll need to think about how you want the rooms in your home to be laid out in regards to the view of the lake and the land around it.

Research the Lake Itself and Be Sure it Meets your Needs

Are you hoping to spend your time boating, fishing, paddling, jet skiing, or swimming? Make sure the lake supports all the forms of water recreation you enjoy. You don’t want to build a home on a lake only to find out that it’s not good for fishing, that speed boats and wave runners aren’t allowed, or that swimming isn’t safe. Do your research and find out the rules of the lake itself.

Total Quality Home Builders Specialize in Waterfront Properties

Looking for that lake home expert who can make your dream home a reality? Total Quality Home Builders specializes in building on lake property in South Carolina along the shores of Lake Keowee. Precision design, eclectic style, and quality craftsmanship come together to bring you the lake home you’ve always wanted. Whether for vacation or full-time residence, your lake home will be the epitome of beauty and comfort. Call Total Quality Home Builders today: (864) 868-5253.

Living on the lake is beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. You can never be too cautious about water safety, especially when you have small children. Before you even start looking at Lake Keowee homes for sale, learn all you can about water safety. Here are some tips for keeping your toddler safe when you live on the water.

Water Safety at Home

It’s easy to get complacent when you’re home, in the comfort of your own back yard. But this is the riskiest place for drowning. Follow these tips:

  • Lock all exterior doors, including front doors that don’t lead directly to the water.
  • Use a chime system so that if a door is opened, you’ll know.
  • Consider fencing in the back yard with a childproof latch so that kids can play in the yard without being able to reach the water.

Safety Near and in the Water

Whether you’re hanging out on your own private dock or swimming/wading in the water right off your own property, this is another place for extreme caution.

  • Adequate supervision. Keep your eyes on your children at all times or make sure someone else you trust is watching. Always make sure a responsible adult is keeping an eye out for trouble. If that designated person needs a break for any reason, be sure to appoint someone else to keep watch.
  • Put the phone away. Phones are incredibly distracting and pull your attention away from the water in an instant, often without even realizing it. Plus, your phone is at risk for water damage when you have it out near the water. The safest option is to store it some distance away from the water.
  • Make sure your kids can swim early. Swimming lessons can start for babies as early as 6 months. Survival lessons are available for kids of all ages that teach them to float on their back in the water and not to panic in case they accidentally fall in. The earlier your child learns to swim, the better.

Boating and Watercraft Safety

When you have your small child/children out on a boat or jet-ski, there are some additional water safety tips that you should take into consideration.

  • People of all ages should wear a life jacket. This goes for everyone, whether you can swim or not. Boating accidents can involve head injuries that could leave you unconscious. In that case, a life jacket can literally save your life. Make sure the life jacket fits properly and is put on correctly. Life jackets often have an easily forgotten strap that hooks between the legs to keep them from riding up and sliding off. Be sure to secure that strap, in addition to the front clasps.
  • Wear, and have your kids wear, non-slip water shoes while on the boat to prevent accidents or falls.
  • Enroll the whole family in a boating safety class.

Find Lake Keowee Homes for Sale through Total Quality Homebuilders and Waterfront Properties

Now that you and your entire family, including the tiniest one, are prepared to live on the water with these safety tips, you can start checking out Lake Keowee homes for sale. Total Quality Homebuilders and Waterfront Properties specializes in both custom home building and real estate, so whether you’re looking for an existing home or a lot to build on, TQ can help. Call today to see what’s available now: (864) 868-5253.