Your Home and Your Lot of Land

Before you can design your ideal home or hire an architect to do it for you, you need to figure out where the home will go on your land.

The placement of a home is critically important because it may allow you to take advantage of water, forest or city views, topography, including the creation of a multi-level home, and amenities. Some lots of land may have special features that will limit your choices to just a few options. This typically happens when you land has major slopes. If this is the case, it is very likely that you’ll have to follow very specific instructions for the foundation of your home. Hiring an engineering company early in the design and construction process is a very good idea in this case.

Other lots of land may come with limitless possibilities. If they do, there is no right or wrong answer as to how you choose to place your home on your land and whether it should face north, south, east or west. It is all a matter of a personal preference. Some people love to wake up to the sunrise. Others love the views of the sunsets. If you are building your home in an area with a lot of rains, the sun and the orientation of your home towards the sun may be not an issue at all.

Too little sun can make the spaces in your home look dark and unfriendly. Too much sun may mean that you will need to run air conditioning a lot, which will make your home not energy efficient. Constant exposure of materials to sun rays may also mean that your home may weather prematurely.

In addition to natural conditions, you also want to take into consideration other factors such as noise, city lights and the location of your future neighbours.