What is Building on Your Lot?

Building on your lot is the process of creating a custom home on the property of your choice. You choose the land, the design, and the budget.


Why Build on Your Lot?

There are endless benefits to building on your own lot, but here are some of the top reasons you should go the custom home route.

FlexibilityHomeowners absolutely love the flexibility of building on their own lots because they have full control over the customization of their home.
Energy EfficientMore often than not, homes built in the last few decades are technologically outdated and consume more energy. At BrightLeaf, we build green certified, custom homes with a building science approach, eco-friendly designs, and built-in energy efficiency. Less energy means lower utility bills and a lower carbon footprint
Dream DesignIf you’ve always wanted to design your dream home or can’t find anything that suits your particular needs, then building on your lot is the perfect option.
No Renovations NeededCustomers love moving into a high-quality custom home that they know will not require additional remodeling or renovations because they designed every detail.

Building on Land You Already Own

If you already have a lot that you are planning to build on, then you are already half-way there. Your next step is to design your custom home and watch it come to life. 

BrightLeaf facilitates the entire build-on-your lot process from creating your home’s floor plan, interior design guidance, through permitting, building, and finishing the project to your satisfaction. 

Contact our team today for a free custom home consultation or to simply learn more about the building process.

Purchasing a Lot to Build On

Chicago Modern Custom Home Builder - BrightLeafHomes.com | Book Appointment: Calendly.com/BrightLeafHo­mes BrightLeaf Homes is a premier award-winning modern custom home builder, remodeler, and realty serving Hinsdale, La Grange, Brookfield, West Suburbs, and the Greater Chicagoland Area.

Before you can plan your custom home, you must locate the land for your build. There are many factors to consider when choosing a lot, such as:


Property limitations


Zoning requirements

Utility sources

Development costs

And more!

At BrightLeaf, we realized there was a missing link in the market, separating the realty experience from the custom home building process with little direction on the right piece of property to choose. 

Lacking the knowledge of what could be built on the lot and what it would cost has the potential to leave families looking to build their dream home confused and frustrated. 

Our integrated solution was to create a professional in-house realty team that offers both Chicago lot finding services and on-your-lot real estate services to generate a seamless process between finding the perfect plot of land and building your home on it. Our proven system improves communication and speeds up the construction timeline.

What Does the Process of Build on Your Lot Look Like?

Here is the step-by-step process of building a custom home on your lot from start to finish.

Look for the right property to build your custom home on. 

This step requires research and expertise. 

At BrightLeaf, we know that it is extremely important to start the custom home building process with a great plot of land, so we created our industry-leading lot finding service. Our dedicated acquisitions staff can help you locate the perfect plot of land for your needs and budget. 

We also have access to land that may not even be available to the public yet, providing you with additional options to find the perfect piece of land to build on.

Now it’s time to go through the exhilarating process of designing your custom home. 

For this step, you will need professional guidance to create a home design that reflects your unique ideas. While designing your home, you’ll want to consider things like function, flow, and spacing, all while keeping your budget in mind.

Our in-house design team helps BrightLeaf clients create the perfect home design, tailor-fitted to each family’s unique needs. From the floorplan to the interior finishes of the home, our team can walk you through the entire process.

Next, it is time to build your custom home. 

This is a memorable step on your journey to your dream home. During this step, you should maintain open communication with your builders, visit the site as often as you’d like, and make sure everything is up to your expectations.

You will receive daily updates and photos on your home build through our project management app and will be able to stay in the loop with bi-weekly jobsite tours with your dedicated project manager.

It is critical that you work with trustworthy builders. You should be prepared to ask the following questions to your construction team:

  • What are some of the ways you ensure your homes are built to the highest quality?
  • What kind of warranty is included? 
  • Will my home be built to any certifications?
    •  At BrightLeaf, all homes we construct are certified green, high performance homes. This means they are:
      • Energy efficient
      • Comfortable
      • Healthy
      • Durable
      • Sustainable
      • Low maintenance/low cost of ownership
      • Engineered, constructed, and verified through building science 
      • 10 year exterior warranty (industry average is 1 year)

Finally, it is time to move into your custom home!

We are thrilled to be able to share in this life-changing experience with our clients. Check out some of our most exciting custom home building projects to date.

After you move in, we’ll still be around to stand by our work. In addition to our warranty, we will also schedule a 1 month, 6 month, and 1 year check up to ensure everything is functioning as expected with home.

Why Build on Your Lot With BrightLeaf

BrightLeaf was built on the foundation of designing and constructing better homes that would last longer, use less energy, and nourish those who live in them through the diligent application of building science.

Here are some of the top reasons our customers choose BrightLeaf:

Your Streamlined Solution

Enjoy a seamless custom home building journey. We’ll walk you through the entire process including:

  • Finding and purchasing a lot with our trusted real estate agents
  • Designing the perfect home to fit your style and needs with our  in-house architect and interior designers 
  • Ensuring the utmost care and quality goes into the construction of your home that is engineered, crafted, and backed up by building science
  • Watching your dream home come to life with our smooth and collaborative build process
  • Communicating with  you every step of the way with our project management app 

BrightLeaf takes the guesswork out of custom home building so you can relax and enjoy the build on your lot process.

Expert Lot Finding & Realty Services

Work with one team of experienced and trusted professionals to complete the entire process, from selling your current home to finding your new lot and building your dream home. We help clients find the perfect housing solution, whatever that looks like.

Architects & Interior Design In-House

Design your home, inside and out, with our in-house design team. Our expert team works directly with you to pair their expertise with your style to create a home that’s just right for you.

Unlike most home builders, BrightLeaf offers both an architect and interior designers in-house, resulting in a more efficient and effective design process.

Exceptional Building With 10 Year Exterior Warranty

Construct your home with our 5 time DOE housing innovation award-winning team.

Each BrightLeaf custom home is meticulously designed and built to provide you the ultimate value in an energy-efficient, low maintenance, healthy home.

We are so confident in our product that we offer a 10 year exterior warranty (compare to 1 year industry average).

Project Management App

Get 24/7 access to your project’s details with our convenient project management app.

With our app, you can track your budget, view your timeline, approve options, receive status updates, and maintain a constant stream of communication throughout the process of building on your lot.

Build on Your Lot in Chicago With BrightLeaf

Contact our team for a free custom home consultation today to learn how we can start building your dream home together.