Different Types Of Lots For Building Houses

There are a number of different types of lots for building houses. Everywhere I look, there is some housing project in the process of being built. So many people are looking for affordable housing options and builders have been constantly trying to keep up with the demand. When someone wants to convert an existing lot into a house, they're going to need to be careful about what type they select and how they plan on using it beforehand.

Corner Lot

A corner lot is a small piece of land with two streets intersecting at the property line. It's an excellent lot to start from because it already has four walls built and ready for the buyer to customize their home.

The biggest draw back is that you're going to need to buy up both lots on either side of your house if you're trying to make the most of your property. It's an added expense that most people aren't willing to do, so they end up not purchasing corner lots at all unless it's a large estate with many acres of land.

This type of lot isn’t ideal if privacy is a major concern, but it gives you not only a front and backyard but an easily accessible and very often quite usable side yard. Being perched on a corner also means that there is no house sitting directly next to you blocking the light, which can make your house feel brighter.

A corner lot works best if you’re building a large house that requires more than just one floor. Corner lots provide an excellent amount of space for any number of bedrooms and bathrooms, which can be of great attraction to families looking for new houses. The style of the home is entirely what you want it to be as well since there's a lot more room to build the house of your dreams.

Corner lots also tend to be a little bit cheaper than other options. It's a no-frills option that gives you just enough space for a small one floor home, but it will work if you don't have much money and need somewhere to live in a hurry. If you're looking for something a bit more permanent, though, you'll want to look into other options.

Corner lots are relatively easy to run utilities when compared with others. The access is easier and quicker than dealing with the layout of many other types of lots. A foundation doesn’t have to be dug because it's already there and you don’t have to worry about the layout or placement of your home.


Mostly found in residential areas and new subdivisions, cul-de-sacs are usually the final street of a development. As such they commonly have only 3 or 4 houses per cul-de-sac rather than dozens with which to fill the longer roads that connect them. Cul de sacs typically function as private roads for the owners of the houses on them, and thus may only be accessed by the residents of those households. This is often done to maintain a semi-private space or provide for additional road maintenance due to less frequent use.

A cul-de-sac can also be known as an "incomplete street" or "dead end". However, there are times when the cul-de-sac is not really one, but instead a loop. In almost all instances, the house numbers will be isolated and at the end of the street. In some smaller communities an incomplete street is created simply by designating one side or both sides of a single block as a cul-de-sac, assuming that no one would ever want to build there while it has been designated as such.

The most common residential cul-de-sac street design, which is a typical development in new suburbs, consists of an inner ring road around the edge of the community with collector roads crossing it to provide access to all areas. Each end of every block will either be closed by a fire station or dead end into the next block.

Large lots can be created by closing one or both sides of a street. Cul-de-sacs by their very nature require a certain amount of land per house; so cul-de-sac neighborhoods will either have large lots, with houses close to each other and the main road (this configuration is more common in older communities), or they will be isolated from roads except for the main road that provides access (common in newer planned communities).

Key Lot

A key lot is a lot that is larger than others in the neighborhood. This allows developers to build bigger houses with more space and detail that other homes in the neighborhood. This also creates value for adjacent homes, because of the desirability of being near a key lot home. In neighborhoods where this phenomenon is not allowed, homeowners may need to apply for a variance to build on oversized lots. In many communities, key lots are not allowed to be developed within x feet of neighboring homes for such reasons as noise pollution from outdoor patios.

Lake Lot

A lake lot is a lot that has access to a body of water, typically either a lake or river. Lake lots are desirable because they can provide waterfront views and access to the water without having to live directly on the coast.

Typical amenities associated with lake lots include boathouses, docks, and sometimes boat lifts. Lake lots can be found in many areas of the United States, but they are most prevalent in the Appalachian Mountains and some parts of New England.

The price for lake lots varies depending on location, size, and the market demand for them; common costs for a lake lot run anywhere from $500 to over several million dollars.

Coastal Lot

A coastal lot is a lot that has access to the ocean. Typically, these lots have waterfront views and beaches. Coastal lots are desirable because they provide access to water without sacrificing an easy commute to work via roadways. Typical amenities associated with coastal lots include boathouses, docks, boat lifts, beach areas, and sometimes fishing piers. Coastal lots can be found all over the United States, but they are most prevalent in states that border oceans and large bodies of water (such as Florida).

The price for coastal lots varies depending on location, size, and the market demand for them. Common costs for a coastal lot run anywhere from $500 to over several million dollars.

Interior lot

Interior lot is a lot with no roads directly connecting to it. Instead, the residents must be accessible by road from an adjacent street.

The advantage of this lot is that you can build in any color you want and have as much yard space as you like since there aren't any homes near the property making it impossible to enforce ordinances such as keeping your fence painted white. The disadvantage of this lot is that you may find it hard to sell without a road link. This can usually be remedied by building a simple road connection to an adjacent street, but still more difficult than most other lots in the game.

T- Intersection Lot

A T-intersection lot is a lot that has two roads intersecting in the middle of it. These lots are desirable because they provide access to more than one road, which makes them convenient.

The opposite effect is that the homes on these lots will be sandwiched between two streets which means no front yard and usually limits what color siding can be used. On the plus side, these lots usually come with a slightly larger area for building than standard lots because they are generally shaped like an L or T rather than just being two lines straight across from each other.

A variation of the T-intersection lot is to have one road parallel and close to another. These lots are desirable because they provide easy access, typically in a larger area than standard lots. However, they generally do not come with any extra land for building.

They can also limit what color siding you can use since further from the road the houses must be placed. For example, a similar house on a standard lot can have dark red siding with white trim and house numbers while one of these lots has to limit themselves to off-white or some other light color.

The Exterior Lot

The Exterior Lot is one through which there are three separate entrances - no single entrance connects to the same place as another, so it is easy to find a neighbor who will accept.

The advantage of this lot is that the residents are still connected to a road network and benefit from appearance ordinances (such as keeping fences white), but can have some privacy since they won't be directly visible or accessible via connecting roads. The disadvantage of this lot is that there are more entrances to consider, making it more difficult to enforce the noise ordinance (since there are multiple potential sources of noises) and can lead to traffic problems (in a large town).

Flag Lot

A flag lot is a combination of an interior and exterior lot. It has three entrances but they are arranged in such a way that it is easy to find all the houses on the lot, like an exterior lot, or so they have some privacy by being hidden from certain directions, like an interior lot. The advantage of this sort of a lot is that it offers a lot of privacy.

A flag lot has three entrances, all the same size and texture as an exterior lot entrance.

A flag lot can be combined with any other sort of lot when placing it on an empty map. A flag lot is not capable of having an interior basement, i.e., it "poofs" out above the ground like an exterior lot.

The only decorative element allowed on a flag lot is a shrub, and this must be placed in front of one of the entrances to make it look natural. Anything else will be deleted during import.


What are the advantages of a T-intersection lot?

The advantage of these types of lots is that they typically come with an L-shape, meaning there is more room to build, and it's usually less expensive than standard lots because they're not right next to each other.

What are disadvantages of a T-intersection lot?

One disadvantage is that you may have difficulty in finding good colors to paint your fence because homes near them have to be white or light colors. Another disadvantage is that you may have difficulty selling your house because it's not on a standard lot.

What are the disadvantages of an interior lot?

The disadvantage is that you may have difficulty selling your house because it's far away from the road and there won't be any noise ordinances since no one will hear anything. And also, if you want to build a basement, you'll find it more difficult to do so because there are no other homes next to you.

What are the advantages of an exterior lot?

The advantage is that you have no difficulty selling it because it has a road link and there won't be any noise ordinances. Another advantage is that you can usually build in a variety of colors on these lots. And if you wanted to, you could add windows or doors, etc., to the exterior of your house.

Another advantage to an exterior lot is that you can build a basement without affecting any other homes, unlike interior lots.


The types of lots for building houses seen above are many and varied. the most common type is residential lot where people can live in a house with electricity and water supply but other types also exist to suit different needs depending on what kind of house one wants to build.

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