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Your Building Site

A home designed to fit the land

The home you design must be right for you – but it also must be right for your building lot.

Whether a home is built from a library or stock plan (off-the-shelf or modified) or is custom-designed, the possibilities are partially defined by the building site characteristics. Building on a flat, rectangular lot is relatively straightforward, although even these sites may have special criteria to design around. More challenging sites have physical complexities, legal restrictions, or both. Extensive research and preparation may be needed to ensure all restrictions are identified early on, before problems occur.

If you do not already own the land on which you will build your custom home, it is a good idea to talk to a designer before you finalize your land purchase. They can help you determine if the home you want can be built in that location.

How to start your custom home design

Your Custom Home Designer

Your Building Site

The Building Envelope

Orienting to Your Building Site

Setting Priorities

Planning for How You Live

Planning Your Storage

Your Custom Home Layout