3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Site

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Site

A property isn’t just a little patch of earth. It’s the place you’ll soon call home. The property you choose will determine who your neighbors are, the functionality of your outdoor space, and how you use the rooms inside your home. You’ve probably heard that real estate is all about location, location, location. But what makes a site a great location for your home?

Natural Light

Natural light is a factor for both the inside and outside of your home. When you’re looking at lots, consider how you will use the interior and exterior spaces and how you can ensure that your land will meet your needs. 

If you and your family spend time outdoors entertaining, playing, or gardening then plan for your house to provide shade and sun in different areas. The orientation of the lot, the side of the street it is on, and where the house sits will all affect these outdoor spaces. Choosing a lot that meets these needs will help save you time and effort in landscaping and ensure you get the most out of your new home. 

The orientation of your house is another important factor in choosing a site. Eastern facing bedroom windows may bring with them an early wakeup time as the sun streams in, northern facing common room windows won’t allow in any natural light throughout the day. Look for a lot that allows the largest windows in your home to face south to maximize the amount of natural light in your home. Choosing a site where your house can be oriented in this way helps you save on heating and cooling costs while keeping your home comfortable. 


Your favorite lot may not be the most sensible one to build on. Preparing a site to be suitable for a home can be costly, so it makes sense to evaluate the land you choose and determine how much work needs to be done for you to build on it.

Slope may not seem like a major concern in Florida, but if you’re looking at a lot with a variation in elevation, you will want to consider whether or not the additional costs are within your budget. Homes built on sloped land require backfill for the foundation and retaining walls. You’ll want to consider the cost of preparing the build site when you’re looking at land. 

Another factor to consider is what lies just beneath that little patch of dirt you’d like to call home. Consult a professional to get a better understanding of the ground stability for any site you may want to build on. Water retention and drainage change drastically between soil types and each kind will have a different capacity for bearing structural loads. Local soil conditions will play a large part in your ability to build on a piece of land. 


The location you’ll live in is just as important when building a home as when buying one. This will determine where your children attend school, who your neighbors are, and what kind of recreation activities are nearby. When looking at land, you’ll have to look at the location as well as decide if you want a developed lot or an undeveloped lot. 

When selecting a neighborhood, you should visit the area at different times of the day and on different days of the week. Take notice of the activity that’s happening outside, the noise level, and the traffic conditions. You will want to choose an area where you’ll be able to enjoy your home at the times of day you’re most active, and ensure that you have a reasonable commute to work or other activities. 

You may choose to build in a planned subdivision on a developed lot. In this case, the basic infrastructure will be in place. There will be roads, sidewalks, and easy access to municipal utilities and sanitation. If you prefer a more private, remote area that is undeveloped then you’ll have to consider the cost and method of getting utility services to the lot. The location and slope of your lot will determine if you’re able to connect to the public sewer system. If not, you’ll need to have a plan in place and account for the cost of a septic system. 

Red Door Homes can help you choose a lot you’ll love. 

The site of your house is the first and most important step in making your dream home a reality. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will guide you in choosing a lot and a floor plan that meets your family’s unique needs.