What are Structural Setbacks?


If you’re thinking about building on your property, it’s important to understand the concept of structural setbacks. In simple terms, structural setbacks are the areas around your home where you can’t build permanent structures. This concept applies to all properties, regardless of their location, size, or shape.


When you receive your property survey, it will show you the dimensions of your lot, including the width and depth. Based on these dimensions, you’ll have a set of boundaries around your property that you can’t build within. These boundaries are known as structural setbacks.


The street side of your property will typically have the longest setback, usually between 25 and 30 feet. This is because homes can’t be built right up against the street, unless you’re in a highly urban area. Even then, there are usually some setbacks from the street.


The sides of your home will also have setbacks, to prevent you from encroaching on your neighbors’ property. In Florida, most setbacks are 7 feet on the sides and back of the property, although some areas may have a 5-foot setback. In addition, there may be a utility easement in the back of the property, marked on your survey. If there is a utility easement, the setback starts on the inner boundary of the easement. So, if your property line is here and the utility easement is here, your setback would start 17 feet away from your property line.


Navigating structural setbacks can be challenging and sometimes frustrating, but it’s important to remember that these setbacks are in place for a reason. If you’re working with a contractor like Home Love Construction, they can help you navigate the setbacks and still design an amazing product that complies with the law.


When it comes to custom home design, it’s crucial to understand the structural setbacks on your property. You can’t build within the setbacks, but there may be some things you can put in the setbacks, like landscaping, walkways, or patios. If you’re interested in learning more about what you can put in your setbacks, go to homelove.construction/design and ask the team.


Home Love Construction offers design services both in the Tampa Bay area and outside of it, via virtual design services. Whether you’re in their service area or not, they can help you start designing your room addition or custom home. They’ll take the time to understand your needs and help you create a design that works within the constraints of the structural setbacks on your property.


When you work with Home Love Construction, you can trust that they’ll take care of all the details and deal with the government on a daily basis to ensure that your project is completed without breaking the law. They understand that building can be a complex process, and they’re here to help make it as easy as possible for you.


In conclusion, structural setbacks are an important consideration when building on your property. They can be confusing, but working with a contractor like Home Love Construction can help you navigate the setbacks and still get the results you want. To learn more about their services, visit homelove.construction/design. They’d be happy to answer any questions you have and help you start designing your dream home.

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