“Should I buy my lot first and then pick a plan? Or choose a custom home design and then go in search of a lot?”

There is no one correct answer to this seeing as each home is different and each individual has different preferences. It’s a personal choice, but many people do choose a lot first. Since they’re custom designing their home, they can often adapt any plan to the lot. Whatever direction you choose, it’s important to consider your entire budget before making a choice. The land is the single largest item in any construction budget, typically making up one-quarter to one-half of your home’s overall price. As part of the custom built homes process, we recommend that homeowners meet with us to discuss design and budget considerations before embarking on a search for the perfect lot.


What to consider when searching for your perfect lot:

Custom Built Homes for Your Lot

Lots and house plans fit together like a puzzle. If you try to fit a piece where it doesn’t belong, it’s going to ruin the entire picture. Finding a lot for custom built homes in Northern Virginia isn’t difficult unless you want to build in an area where few are available. Once you find the perfect lot, you’ll quickly realize there are a lot of factors that need to be considered before developing plans. Here are our three top tips for making sure your ideal home can be built on your chosen lot.


Consider How the House Will Be Positioned on the Lot

The direction your new home faces is crucial before starting to develop the plans. While the lot itself will likely dictate where you place the front door, it’s usually the sun that determines where other rooms will be built.

  • Many designs favor more windows on the front of the house. A south facing home will get more hours of sunlight, which can mean lower heating bills in the winter. It’s also the ideal place for installing solar panels. And don’t forget to think about how much sun you want coming into your bedroom windows.
  • North facing homes have their own advantages, including less exterior wear and tear from long exposure to the sun.
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Consider Lot Shape and Size

Aesthetically, the size and shape of your lot should determine the size and shape of your custom home. For example, wider lots accommodate many different designs with large footprints, while long and narrow lots are best suited to two-story or ranch-style homes. If the lot is small, think about whether you want a finished basement that adds livable square footage. You’ll also need to check for easements and restrictions, as well as adhere to local zoning regulations.

 Consider the View

For many customers, their perfect lot is chosen for its beautiful views, so it is important to keep those views in mind when designing the layout for their custom dream home. Place the rooms where you’ll spend the most time in positions that will let you enjoy the nicest views. If your home is near busy streets, schools, or shopping areas, position the bedrooms far away from the noise. If your lot is wooded or situated on a hillside, you’ll want to maximize the visibility of your natural surroundings.

Your Choice

One of the greatest benefits of designing new custom built homes is getting to choose how you want to build on your lot. It allows you to express your individuality and creativity. It also gives you and your family a space that perfectly fits your unique lifestyle. At Abbey Design Center, we create custom built homes that are best-suited for the lot they’ll be built on. Contact us today to discuss the location and size of your lot so we can help you determine the best approach to building your dream home. And if you haven’t found your perfect lot yet, we can help you with that, too!

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