Creating a custom home requires understanding the topography of the land you are planning to build on. The topography of a site can influence your ability to safely and soundly build up a structure because it encompasses the 3-dimensional layout of a landscape. Topography includes features such as changes in elevation or unique geological characteristics. Hills, bodies of water, existing trees, and some rock deposits may all show up on a thoroughly drawn topographic map. Knowing where these natural features lie along the landscape can help you choose the right building site for your custom home.