A piece of land that looks gorgeous to the buyer’s eye may look like trouble to an experienced builder. Issues such as soil type, the presence of ledge, high water tables, and poor drainage are just some of the issues that can complicate construction and drive up costs.
SLOPE, SOILS, WATER, AND RADON
Most site problems can be overcome by an experienced builder with a big enough budget, and some can be turned into assets with a little creativity. A moderately sloped site allows for a walk-out basement and can be regraded to a terraced yard. A rock outcropping can become a focal point in landscaping. A low, wet spot may have potential as a year-round pond. But it’s best to go into a project with your eyes open read more
CLEARING THE LAND
You will need to clear land for your house and yard, driveway, well, and septic system. Before clearing the land, check with zoning and building departments (and protective covenants, if they exist) to see if there are any restrictions or permits required. While clear-cutting restrictions in many areas were developed for logging operations, they may apply to you as well read more