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Meeting with you on your site is a critical component of a good design. Understanding the "lay of the land", the sites pluses and minuses (if you will), gives us a better idea of how and where the design needs to be laid out. This is also a great opportunity for you to tell us what you love about your property, what needs to be the focus, or what needs to be changed. Being able to walk the land and visualize how your home will fit and function correctly while capturing the best features of the site. Sketching out the layout and footprint is the first step of putting your dreams into a design on paper.
Taking pictures of where the addition or structure is to attached to existing home is beneficial.
Sometimes plans change - we will do a site inspection at any stage of construction if the Client suddenly decides they want timbers.
Does your site require any special excavation - rock blasting perhaps??
Are there other structures on your site that need to be demolished, maintained, updated/ renovated?
Are there regulations or setbacks required due to type of neighboring farms?
Are there any existing foundations on your site that need to be removed prior to excavation?
Knowing ahead of time of any site access issues can save a lot of headache when it comes to your future construction.
Discussing what type of foundation would work best for this scenario.
Water set backs
Are there any water set backs imposed by the municipality, township, conservation?
Any special landscape requirements that need to be dealt with during excavation? For example: dock, retaining walls, flood plains, etc.
Are you in a flood plain? Do we need to bring in a lot of fill?
Does the water drain from your property properly?
Marking trees that you want kept on your site is a big help
Has a driveway location already been designated? Is it wide enough for bringing in equipment and material?
Does your site have a specific view you want to see from certain areas of your home?
Does your property have a walkout or daylight basement possibility?
Grade of property
Does the property slope in any direction?
What landscaping needs to be done? Tree trimming / cutting / transplanting?
Staking out the possiblity
Where is your property line located
How much tree cutting and excavating needs to be done?
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