Before You Break Ground on a New Home, Dig Deep
There are many things to consider when embarking on the construction of a new home. Landscapes are complex, and it’s useful to consider terrain, water, soils and existing plants as living systems when building a new home.
Setbacks. When siting a new home, you and your design team must first research the building codes that apply for your property. Most municipalities and villages have strict setback requirements for roadways, fences and more. An experienced local building architect will be well versed in the regulations and codes and will design your home accordingly.
The design drawings — signed and sealed by a licensed professional — are submitted when the permit is applied for. The requirements vary by locality, but the permit application will specify the requirements for drawings that must be created by a landscape architect versus a building architect.
In addition to building setbacks, there are federal and state setback requirements for wetlands, streams and water bodies. The good news is that water on your site has many aesthetic possibilities and creates a peaceful mood for the property. Oh, the sound of a running stream or a view of the sunset over a wetland!