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Stick Built Homes at Modular Home Prices

As a Modular Builder for 10+ years, I’m often asked “why are you now a stick builder” and “how can you stick build a home for the same price as a modular home “.

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Custom Homes

Building a custom home can be an intimidating process if you don’t hire the right contractor. Salty Dog Properties has been building high quality custom homes for over 17 years. We know how to make a project go smooth and meet your needs on time and on budget.
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Waterfront

Salty Dog Properties was founded August of 1998 by Tom Lumsden. We focus on building turn-key homes in the northern neck and middle peninsula areas, with the goal of providing cost effective waterfront vacation and retirement waterfront Homes with minimal hassle.
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We pride ourselves with project planning best practices and project management methodologies. We employ “state of the art” methodologies and systems that help us achieve “on time” and “on budget” project results. Our goal is to take the mystery and stress out of the process.
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About Salty Dog Properties

Salty Dog Properties is a Custom Home Builder in the Northern Neck of Virginia. The Company was founded August of 1998 by Tom Lumsden. After going through the hassles of trying to build a waterfront weekend/vacation home away from home in the Northern Neck of Virginia, Tom saw a need for a Company that would focus on building turn-key vacation and retirement homes in Chesapeake Bay waterfront and water oriented areas that were within 3 hours of Washington DC, Northern Virgina and Richmond Virginia, with the goal of providing cost effective waterfront and water-oriented vacation and retirement Home with minimal hassle.

During the early years while Tom was still in the technology industry Tom would build 1 or 2 “spec”  homes a year on the eastern shore of Maryland. Overtime the cost of waterfront land on the eastern shore had risen to a level that made it impractical  to build spec homes. Tom’s background in operations and project management in the technology industry as well as new home construction made his transition in 2002 to focusing full time on Salty Dog Properties an easy one. The Northern Neck was chosen as the primary place of business because the waterfront land is still reasonably priced and available compared to other waterfront areas. Overtime customers that had purchased Salty Dog Properties home/land packages were pleased with the quality of the workmanship referred friends and family to have homes build on land that they already owned.


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what our clients say

Having previously purchased a house under construction made us a little leery of having one built from scratch. We need not have worried as Tom Lumsden really is a different type of builder. He is as advertised; conscientious, dedicated and a genuinely nice man. We told him our budget, what we wanted and he made a plan, including some things we had not thought of that vastly improved the home. We made adjustments and off we went. We know it is important not to make a lot of changes after construction has started or pricing was done, but the few we did make, Tom handled without a problem. He did quality construction with quality products at a price not much over the cost of a modular home. No where did he cut corners; just the opposite.. I might add we were concerned about buying the property and getting a construction loan, but it was a good thing. We had our choice of lots and the loans rolled over from construction to regular mortgage as did the insurance flawlessly. We love our house, and should we build again, it is Tom who will do our construction.

Frank and Jill Murray, Burgess VA

I called Tom Lumsden, as recommended by a neighbor and friend,when we decided to build an attached garage. Tom came to the house the next day and inspected the area we had chosen, looked at our house and said I will have some drawings for your review tonight. My first reaction was "drawing costs" because a competitor offered drawing for$2,500 the previous week. Tom's drawing were free. The construction started on the exact day Tom told me and was finished 2 weeks early. The costs were exactly as agreed upon. The quality was top level. The workers were nice and respectful on our property. I am ask if the garage was constructed when the house was built because it blends so well. Would I use Tom's services in the future?  You bet!

George Beckett, Heathsville, VA

I love the house that Salty Dog Properties built! It’s a home built  for me and my family that reflects our lifestyle and taste, not the builder's. I trusted Tom Lumsden during every phase of the process, from the initial house plan selection to the final walk-through. Tom's experience, his judgment, his attention to detail, and his sense of humor made what can be a stressful process – enjoyable. After some unavoidable administrative delays, the house was built on time and within budget. Working with Tom and his very able Salty Dog crew was such a positive experience that I will not think twice about working with him again if another house is in my future.

Carol King Urbanna VA

We had our home in Burgess built by Salty Dog Properties. I had always heard of the headaches involved in having a house built. There were none of those. Everything was done as promised...PLUS. Tom was terrific to work with and had many great ideas that didn't occur to us. We were so pleased with the project that we had him come back this past year for an addition. He gets our highest recommendation.

Steve and Deb Craig, Burgess VA

Three years ago my husband and I purchased a "river retreat" from Tom and Salty Dog properties. In 32 years of marriage and 22 moves, we have purchased and lived in many homes. Our experience with Tom and his company has been, by far, the most positive experience we have encountered. From the quality of the home to the unprecedented customer service he has made this retreat a constant joy for our family After looking for a river getaway for about three years and being disappointed in the homes we had viewed, we came upon this very special property. From the minute we drove up to the newly constructed home, we knew this was the one. The "curb appeal" captured us immediately and upon entering the home, we were sold!. Everything from the workmanship, to the quality of the materials, far exceeded our expectations. The care of the builder was evident in every corner of the home and we were thrilled to find such a treasure. Our delight was confirmed when it came time for the walk through and Tom himself was waiting for us at the home, clearly proud of his work and so excited to be sharing it with us. Since that time if any questions have come up, I know all I have to do is drop Tom a quick email. He answers immediately and does not give up until he knows we are pleased. This kind of customer service is priceless and very rare in today's housing market.If we were to build another home Tom is the first call I would make.

Sarah Hall, Kinsale, VA

Salty Dog Properties is first rate! Our experience from first meeting owner Tom Lumsden in 2005 to every wonderful day we spend at the "Rivah House" has been fantastic. Tom's attention to detail, integrity, follow through, and congenial manner have made it so. The process truly is "turn key." We only had to apply for a couple of permits and make the enjoyable decisions such as selecting design details and materials. Tom took care of the rest. He is expert in all of the construction trades as well as the local government operations and regulations in the Northern Neck. He worked with us to optimize the layout with the land and great water views. If we had it to do over again - Salty Dog Properties would be our choice!

John and Shirley Miller, Reedville VA

I am writing to comment on the excellent work performed by Tom Lumsden of Salty DogProperties. I was given Tom’s name and number after contacting North American Modular Homes as I was interested in having a North American home built. Tom was the builder for North America in the area in where I owned the land for the building site. Tom was extremely informative from the beginning on all phases of the purchase, additions,building site modifications and everything else one can encounter in building a home. He offered many suggestions that worked very well with the plans I had in mind. His work crews and subcontractors did excellent work and were always finished on time for each phase of the project. I am very happy with the quality of the finished house and the expertise and professionalism that Tom and his workers have shown. I would recommend Tom Lumsden for any building project that you may have. Dorian Tolbert, Heathsville, VA.

Dorian Tolbert, Heathsville, VA

We chose Salty Dog Properties because we needed help selecting and modifying the right design for our lot, and also because we needed a builder we could trust, and with whom we could easily communicate our design ideas. Tom met all our expectations, and went beyond them, making time for us on our schedule, suggesting important methodologies for solving problems, finding enhancements to the design with little or no cost differential, and by following up every step of the process. We're grateful and honored to have found him.

Vicki Toye

Three years ago, we moved into our new river home built by Salty Dog Properties. We could not be happier with our house. It was a pleasure to work with such professional, dedicated builders. We were involved with every step of the process, from planning our dream house, to selecting details, to continual updates on progress. We began by telling Tom what ideas we had for our house, having no idea how to design it. Tom listened carefully and then came up with a design that was exactly what we wanted. Extra touches like a huge screened porch, downstairs master bedroom, and large upstairs bedrooms for guests, make this the perfect retirement home. It was so exciting to see the plans actually come together into what is now our forever home. If we had it to do over again, we would not change one thing. It is obvious that Salty Dog Construction takes great pride in their work!!

Jeff and Pam M Jamaica Virginia

The decision to build a house is one of the biggest my wife and I have ever made. When we originally spoke to Tom Lumsden of Salty Dog Construction, first by phone and later face-to-face, we knew he was an individual we could trust and depend on. Tom listened to our needs and came up with a house plan allowing us to make many custom changes to make it our very own. The best I can say is I have referred Tom to others interested in building in the Northern Neck and would not hesitate to build with him again.

WARD & CATHIE S.

Working with Salty Dog was a breeze - quality work completed in a timely manner within the budget! Tom and his team are responsive to emails and phone calls making it easy to stay abreast of the progress. They were able to accurately predict the completion date of our project without cost overruns or delays. We highly recommend Salty Dog to all our friends.

DIANE & PETE B.

This letter is a testimonial to Salty Dog Properties, Inc. My husband and I had a modular home, designed by Haven Homes, and constructed in White Sand Harbour, Virginia by Tom Lumsden of Salty Dog Properties. We love our new home. Our house has the reputation in our community as having been completed in the shortest time period of any of the homes in White Sand Harbour. Tom was very easy to work with and eager to make sure that we were happy and satisfied with our new home. Anytime we came upon a slight problem, it was handled and, if necessary, corrected with speed and good cheer. It was great working with Tom and his crew on our project.

JOHN & NANCE B.