Getting the lay of the land

At this stage in our homebuilding process, I’m getting ready to make some serious modifications to the 2.2 acre parcel of land that my wife and I bought to build our eco-friendly home on. When I made the purchase, the land was categorized as what they call “raw land” - that is, land in its natural state, with no man-made improvements.

Now that we’ve consulted with an architect, discussed incentives for building green, developed plans for our new home, and met with our town’s building inspector, it’s time to take a serious look at the land on which our new home will be built.

For that task, I’ve enlisted the help of Stuart Fairbank, a land surveyor. A big part of his job is to determine the three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them - he’ll help me be certain of where my property ends and begins, so that I never have conflicts with my neighbors over this in the future.



In this episode, Stuart also talks with me about some of the cool features of our 2.2 acre piece of land - namely, the old-growth characteristics of the forest that my property inhabits, an ancient stone wall that runs through the property, and some of the other important details, like slopes and inclines.

Everything the land surveyor has to say is important to decisions I’ll make for my homebuilding process later on. He’ll help me answer questions including what features on my land I can preserve after it’s cleared, whether or not I can reuse some of the land’s resources in order to be more eco-friendly, where to position my driveway, and where the best place on the land is to dig a foundation.

I’m curious to know what questions you would have if you were in my shoes. Join the conversation below and let us know!


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