Most of us would love to be able to build our dream homes. When you design your own home, you get exactly what you want, from the structure and style to modern features. But to achieve this, you need a professional site engineer to help with your site development and oversee the custom home building process from beginning to end. If you’re getting ready to hire a site engineer in Seguin, TX, here’s some information they will want you to know about new home projects and your site plan.
As mentioned above, you will need to hire a site engineer to take control of the site plan, also called a grading plan. The site plan is a definite must-have. It is carefully developed by the engineer to document everything that’s needed to ensure safety, adhere to building laws and restrictions and avoid running into issues down the road. A site plan has the entire lot drawn out (like a site road map) and shows the house’s placement on the parcel of land, the topography and other site requirements that are necessary during construction—like underground utility line locations, storm water management and tree planting or removal.
Once the grading plan is complete, you can submit it to the county for approval and apply for your building permit.
There are a lot of good questions to ask during site planning. For instance, you need to consider the elevation of the house, in terms of how low or how high you want your new home to sit. Envision the number of steps coming out of your new front door, or from the garage to the house door. Your site engineer can help you understand the need to know this, but the elevation of the home will likely depend on the topography—the arrangement of the surrounding natural and manmade physical features—of the lot.
Let’s talk trees
It may not be obvious, but most builders do care about the trees in the build area. Between your thoughts and the builder’s recommendations, you can come to a better conclusion as to which trees to save and which to remove. To make this decision, there are a few things to consider, including the health of the trees, what trees you actually want in your yard and if it makes sense to remove a tree before the house is even built.
Other factors of importance
Your site engineer and builder will need to communicate other things, such as the location of driveways and walkways, garage placement, basement entry points and wall height.
When ordering your grading plan, communication is key. You need to make it clear to your site engineer what it is you want—how you envision your new home, where you want it located on the lot, etc. At Bettersworth & Associates, Inc., we are here to help make your dream home become a reality. Contact us to speak with one of our experienced site engineers in Seguin, TX today!
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