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Homesites vs. Home Designs

Why certain home designs are only available on certain homesites

At Maronda, we have over 80 home designs to choose from (varying per division). Since we operate in five different states, our homesites vary as well. We build on windy hills in the north and flat, moist soils in the south. However, not every home design can be built on every homesite.

We understand building a home can be a very exciting time, but before getting started, it’s important to understand the different types of homesites and home designs, and what can be built where.

What is a homesite?

A homesite, or a lot, is a plot of land on which a home is built upon. Homesites can be a part of a planned community or on a scattered lot.

Planned Community

What is a home design?

A home design, or a floor plan, is the overall blueprint of a home. Details here include dimensions, specific trims, and upgrades (if applicable).

The Cleveland

Land HO! 

Maronda Homes is building new homes all over the country and that means our communities and homes sites can be built on a variety of topography. The topography of the land a home is built on can dictate some of the design.

High water tables and soft sand of Florida make slab foundation homes a perfect fit. While the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, Southwest Ohio, and Northern Kentucky allow for full basements as well as walk-out basements. 

The topography of the land also allows for a variety of garage styles including Integral and Attached. The main difference between a flat homesite and a hilly homesite is the positioning of the garage. The garage of an integral home design is built into or next to a hill on the lower level of the home, whereas the garage of an attached home aligns with the first floor of the home. 

Due to the garage taking up space, integral homes’ lower levels, or basements, tend to have smaller living space when compared to attached homes. The amount of living space correlates directly with the price of each; attached homes tend to be a bit more expensive.