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Buy a plot to build a single-family house

Is it worth it to buy a plot to build a single-family house?

What are the pros and cons of building a single-family house?

Is it better to build or to renovate?

May you don’t know us yet, let’s have a quick introduction: we’re ERA architects.
Actually, I’m Esther Rovira, architect and passive house designer in Barcelona, Catalonia and Andorra for either passive houses, efficient houses and positive houses.
In this post ‘Buy a plot to build a single-family house’, you’ll find our professional recommendation.
I hope it helps you! Let’s go!


Build or renovate?
That’s the dilemma when considering a new green home.
I feel you, it’s a tough decision (one of many you’ll need to go trough in both case scenarios).
So, let me help you take this important decision by giving you the pros and cons of both options:


  1. Customization:
    Building a house from scratch on a plot allows complete customization according to your needs and preferences.
    You can design the layout, choose sustainable materials, and incorporate energy-efficient features from the start.
  2. Energy Efficiency:
    By constructing a sustainable house, you can optimize energy efficiency by implementing insulation, efficient heating and cooling systems, and renewable energy solutions like solar panels. This can result in reduced energy consumption and lower utility bills in the long run.
  3. Reduced Environmental Impact:
    Building a sustainable house gives you the opportunity to minimize the environmental impact.
    You can use eco-friendly materials, incorporate water-saving features, and design a house that integrates well with the surrounding environment.
  4. Long-term Savings:
    While the upfront costs of building a sustainable house may be higher, it can lead to significant long-term savings.
    Energy-efficient designs and renewable energy sources can lower utility bills over time, making it a cost-effective choice in the long run.
  5. Health and Comfort:
    Sustainable houses often prioritize indoor air quality and comfort.
    By incorporating proper ventilation, non-toxic materials, and natural lighting, you can create a healthier living environment for you and your family.



  1. Higher Initial Costs:
    Building a house from scratch can be expensive, especially if you’re aiming for sustainability.
    Costs may include land purchase, architectural design, permits, taxes, construction materials, and labor.
    It’s crucial to consider your budget and financial resources with an expert.
  2. Construction Time:
    Building a house takes time.
    From acquiring permits to completing the construction, the process can be lengthy.
    If you’re on a tight timeline or need immediate accommodation, this option may not be suitable.
    In some areas, big renovations goes within the same process, so renovating an existing house doesn’t mean saving time (that’s the case of Barcelona area in Spain).
  3. Uncertain Challenges:
    Building a new house involves potential challenges such as unforeseen construction issues, changes in building regulations, or delays due to weather conditions.
    It requires careful planning and a contingency plan to address any obstacles that may arise.


Our professional recommendation:
Compare both option economically with an expert in order to take into account all the assets and issues of each option before deciding.
Then take a decision and don’t look back, just have faith in the process you’ve gone trough to take this important decision.

You may also be interested in:
Our post: Renovate a house to make it sustainable 


Hope this post ‘Buy a plot to build a single-family house’ is helpful!
(Leave a comment below if you need more info)

Best of luck on this adventure.
See you on the next post,



Founder of ERA architects 

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