We found land that just might be "it." An acre with a great back yard. We like to garden. We like to entertain outside. The house can't vary too much from parallel to the road. See the link for the sun orientation.
The negative is the back of the house is west. The positive is there is so much land we can place gardens in an area that won't be shaded by the house and there are many wonderful 100 year old oak trees. But, the though of the summer sun pounding the back yard and windows every afternoon ....
Our current plan has a kitchen with amazing 2 story windows and faces the back ....Now, I am imagining having to put up blinds over windows that shouldn't have them and losing the view of our wonderful back yard... I hate the thought of that. I am thinking a prairie style back and lowering the windows with a covered back porch and sky lights now...
Here is a link that might be useful: SunCalc link