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Does My Home-site Affect My Plans?

Categories: Build On Your Lot, Build Process | Posted: June 25, 2015

When considering a custom build, there are many questions you must ask yourself that will drastically affect the final result of your home.  The size and shape of your home-site will dictate what you can and cannot do in relation to your floor plan.

How wide a home-site is for example, to some it may just be an inconsequential detail.  To others it will decide if their home can accommodate a side-load garage or if a traditionally wider ranch plan will fit.

Ranch Home

If your chosen home-site in not in a community setting, there are a whole host of other aspects to consider.  Generally, when a home-site is not in a community setting, there is more acreage.  With more acreage you have more options as to where your house will sit on the lot, but there could also be areas within the home-site that cannot accommodate the home.  How will you orient the house?  Most homeowners will orient their home so as to take advantage of the views that their property offers.  Others will choose their home’s orientation based on the sun, and regulating their home’s temperature.  Not to mention, how the sun would affect them enjoying the outdoor spaces.

Rear Patio

Does your chosen home-site require a walk-out scenario?  If so, you may choose to utilize the basement space, instead of building “up”.  Many times homeowners will favor a ranch plan on a walk-out home-site, but that is not always the case.  Budget and lifestyle goals usually drive that decision.

As you can see, the home-site and the floor plan go hand-in-hand.  You can design a home to fit your needs, but if it does not fit the home-site you’ve chosen then complicated choices can arise.  It is always important to remember that while not every situation will necessitate a compromise, you should keep an open mind.



3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659


Categories: Build On Your Lot | Posted: February 25, 2015

As a custom home-builder, we are present in multiple neighborhoods. However, building in communities is only part of our business. We often build on home-sites owned by the homeowners in other neighborhoods or off-site locations where our homeowners want to build on their own land, developed or undeveloped.

If a client already owns a home-site, or even if they still need help finding one, we are happy to assist. Our owner, Zenios, often takes the time to walk the land with the perspective homeowners to see what is feasible and to assist in understanding what lot preparations need to happen before and during the build.

Many considerations must be taken into account-where will the home be situated? Are there any easements? Will we need a septic system? Can the lot offer a walk out basement? We asked the Ebbers family about their experience searching for their perfect home-site.


Q: What was the biggest driver in your choice of lot?

A: Distance from where you do “life” – our lot is 11 minutes from school and church. Type of lot – our new lot is 9 acres, but 4 is “forest” with a creek running through it. We wanted a walk-out basement, so finding a lot where that looks natural was imperative.


Q: How many lots did you consider?

A: We looked at 12-20 lots, considered 3.


Q: What lifestyle goals were you hoping to achieve?

A: We love being outside and want our kids to grow up seeing nature.  We want to raise some Pheasants and feed the deer.  The kids are already having a blast playing in the creek.


You can follow Ebbers’ journey through the custom-build process here!