I am planning to set my foot in the property market to build my own house. Few things I have been asked to look into before I finalise a lot are -
1) Aim to get a rectangular plot as easiest to find maximum house designs for rectangular plot. Irregular plots = could need custom designs = higher costs
2) Easement/Fall etc. to ensure site costs are kept at a minimum
3) Check the orientation of the house - North and East facing are preferred.
It is this 3rd one that has me confused. By North-facing house, are they referring to the direction that the main door would face? My confusion is that if I buy a plot of land the main door of which would eventually face true north, wouldn't my living and dining area be facing south if it is towards the end of the house?
I have attached a crude photo to hopefully explain what I mean.
In summary, should I just blindly look at where my main door will face to determine north, east etc. or is there more to it wherein I decide the best plot (rate-wise and size-wise) and let the builder do the needful to make best use of the directions for passive heating/cooling.