This is include the processes and steps we took when analyzing what property to by, and how to go about determining if it was safe and smart to build on. This includes an introduction to the project, discussions on due diligence, surveys, engineering, and planning.
Why are we doing this?
Why are we doing this project? Who is going to build it? What is the point? When will this all happen?
Before you purchase a property, there are several things to look for and become aware of. This video discusses our due diligence on the property we selected, and addresses a few initial concerns with our parcel.
Learn about boundary surveys and get to know my surveyor Carl. In order to address the retaining issues at our site we need to know exactly where the property lines are so we know exactly what we are working with.
A Geotechnical Engineer will give you valuable information about the soil at your site. This information is critical for understanding what preparation needs to be done before building. A house is a heavy object, and without understanding the soils there are some real risks of the house settling and shifting. This is especially true in our case since we our building on a hillside.
We didn't have to hire a civil engineer for this project, but it is still very important to understand the role they play in development, even in building a single family home. You will meet Travis Robinson, a civil engineer, who talks about city services, water treatment, hookup fees, and drainage.
Carl Sweeden is back, this time to do a topographic survey. This is a survey that tells you elevations of your site. This information allows an engineer to optimize the engineering and deliver the best design possible.
With all of the engineering reports in hand, we are ready to discuss our retaining condition with a Structural Engineer. This is the professional that will design the structure and create a set of plans that we will build to. Most jurisdictions won't allow you to build without engineering of this type done, so don't think about skipping this step...