Our Custom Home Portfolio consists of homes which we designed and built on a customer’s unimproved lot, or in which the customer purchased property from Salty Dog and we designed and built a Custom Home to customer specifications. In addition some of the homes are “Spec”  homes that we have built over the years and have sold as a house/land package.

Landry Home, Northumberland County, Heathsville VA -- Two story modified Colonial on a basement. Project included all site work, septic and well.


what our clients say

In 2006 we hired Salty Dog Properties to build our home in the Northern Neck of Virginia. The whole process went far quicker than expected and the finished product far exceeded our expectations. We initially intended the house to be a vacation property. However, we were so pleased with it and the area that we decided to move here full-time soon after the house was complete. Throughout the planning and construction process, Salty Dog showed professional, attention to detail and an abundance of patience and flexibility as we tweaked and modified our design. They are reliable, stand behind their work 100% and were a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend Salty Dog Properties to anyone who is interested in building a quality, solidly built home in the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Landry, Heathsville VA

My name is Beverly Minor, I live in Westmoreland County. Last year my husband and I decided to build a house. We checked into some local builders. We became discouraged because the prices were high and the builders were not upfront with us about certain things that would have made the cost go up more than they quoted us. We learned this upon summiting an unsigned contract to our attorney to review. I began checking the internet and came across Salty Dog owned by Tom . I called him and we made arrangement to talk about what we wanted built for our home. He was very pleasant. First of all his price could not be beat. Second he had a personality that was very friendly and open minded to what we wanted in our new home. Within six months our new home was built. It’s perfect in every way. Tom made sure of that. I personally loved the way he conducts business. He emailed me each week telling me the steps of what would happen from week to week. Tom did not cut any corners he gave us the highest quality in building and the materials he put in our home. I would welcome anyone interested in Salty Dog to come and visit my home. Tom assured my husband and I from the start that he would build us a custom home that we would be completely satisfied with. We are very satisfied with his work and the way he conducts his business to the satisfaction of the homeowner. Tom takes pride in his homes and wants 100% complete satisfaction. I would recommend anyone to contact Tom at Salty Dog. He is an honest builder and will work with you on whatever you want. He will make your dream house come true. John& Beverly Minor Weldon’s Drive Hague, Va 22469

John & Beverly Minor

My wife and I interviewed four builders in the Northern Neck and one in Charlottesville. Tom Lumsden and Salty Dog Properties came recommended to us by our realtor and Tom was the last builder we interviewed. Unlike most builders who overpromise and under deliver Tom consistently did what he said he would do and often times in a shorter time span than expected. In addition to a superior finished product and high quality craftsmanship Tom’s quick responses and timely turnaround is what I appreciated most. This was the first house we had ever built and we were cautioned about builders poor response time. We found Tom did not fit this mold. His attention was prompt and always courteous. We could not more highly recommend Tom and Salty Dog Properties based on our great experience. Chris Poe

Chris Poe

Our slice of paradise could not have been possible without the partnership with Salty Dog Construction Company, and more specifically, Tom Lumsden. I have been visiting the Middle Peninsula of Virginia since childhood; my grandparents retired there in the 1950s. However, the familiarity with the area did not provide a lot of guidance or confidence when attempting to design and build our home. Additionally, we were attempting to manage the project longdistance from our Maryland residence. We met with Tom and began the design and permitting phase which we had been painstakingly trying to do ourselves. Communication was the key to the success of our project. Phone calls, emails and texts were always answered in a timely manner to help address the multiple questions of how best to build a home to meet all the needs of our family of 5 and meet the restrictions of local and federal regulations when building near a river. When the foundation was poured, my husband joined Tom on site to review the next phase of construction and our dream home really started to take shape. Tom would regularly photograph the progress on the building site to be sure we had a visual of all the internal systems of the construction. Prior to each key decision point, we would meet with Tom and his crew on site, if possible, or by phone to review all the factors that affect the finally outcome—-a place where we can come with our children to play, relax and be with family. We have enjoyed our first of many family holidays in our new home. As a result of our close partnership with Tom and his dedication to our project, we now have a house that is solidly constructed with the considerations and design features we had been planning for years. Happy customers, David & Emily Serway

David & Emily Serway

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

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.


My husband and I had a home constructed in White Sand Harbour, Virginia by  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.