Before your design plans get thwarted, find out what the property setbacks are for your home.
Setbacks are restrictions on how close you can build to your property lines. Depending on where you live and the size of your lot, these can vary.
This information can be located on your survey. See below for an example . . .
A fast way to estimate your front setback is to stand in your front yard and look at the front of the houses in either direction. The front of most homes will form a line. This is usually, but not always, the setback. Some homes may be closer to the street than others which means they could have been built at a time when setbacks were different.
To be certain of your setbacks, however, call your Planning & Zoning Department. Tell the person you want the setbacks for your property and give them your address. They'll look it up and give you the correct information.
Now you know the first step of determining where you are allowed to build on your property.
And before you build, be sure to find out when a permit is required. For all permit information, such as Building Guides, Flood Hazard Information (if applicable), Permitting Fees, etc., check with your local Building Department.