You have always dreamed about building your custom dream home. You have preliminary blueprints of the home you want. Now, you have to find the perfect property for your home.
You finally find the property you want. It is a beautiful area with the acreage you want. Is it beside a beautiful lake, with majestic mountains in the distance and wooded with many large, beautiful trees? It will be perfect for your family, with even the possibility of a large tree-house sometime in the future.
You buy the property and hire an architect to complete your blueprints. Planned to take advantage of the location where you want the house to be built. Then, you have to start thinking about choosing a home builder.
The builder will have many responsibilities beyond the actual building of your home. I could write another entire article about these responsibilities. But I have listed a few of them for you here:
- Managing subcontractors.
- Scheduling work to be done on time.
- Managing costs according to what was contracted.
- Order all building materials.
And many other tasks related to the successful completion of the contract.
There are various sources of information which can be helpful in choosing a home builder, such as:
- America Top 10
- Local Better Business Bureau, etc.
The selection of the actual building site on the property should be a decision made with you. Work with your home builder and your architect to achieve the most desirable results. And to save established trees as much as possible.
You will want to plan for underground utilities, telephone lines, sewer lines, driveway etc.
There are a lot of things to keep in mind when trying to save established trees near a home building site.
Do not disturb the root systems of the trees you want to save. There is a perimeter of one half the radius of the tree height which should have no disturbances. Make neighboring trees into a no disturbance area. Apply mulch around the root system of each tree you want to save. The builder should direct the contractors to have their heavy equipment avoid the trees.
You may have to remove some trees for construction. This removal affects some of the canopy near other trees. Water when rainfall is low. This extra T.L.C. will help your selected trees survive the havoc construction can wreak.
The builder should ensure soil is not added over the roots. If you must add soil, first put down a layer of gravel, then add the soil on top of the gravel. The gravel allows moisture to seep down to the root system.