Spec PlanB: Lot Excavation

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Spec Plan-B begins with lot excavation. The issue is to protect trees and other landmarks that should remain as part of your landscaping. Also check for good drainage.


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  1. about lot excavation
  2. getting started
  3. building spec sheet
  4. spec budgeting worksheet
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Spec Plan B: Lot Excavation

what you need to do —

Survey the lot to define the boundaries and dimensions for your home construction.

View the physical features of the lot. Note any rocks, trees, water-fronts, or other desirable or undesirable views. Consider options to gain the most desirable view and privacy.

Note any extra requirements. Do you have room for a swimming pool, side-entry garage, recreational space, etc.


Check the drainage.

Water should drain away from the house and channel into natural or man-made tributaries.

Be careful not to channel water into your neighbors yard (drainage that is not already part of the natural flow). This could save you from potential litigation down the road.


Check your county and/or local governments for property easements and property line setbacks.


When breaking ground, consider these points:

  • know where the underground utilities are if they cross your property — then need to be marked
  • plot where the home will be situated with plenty of room for setbacks and proper drainage
  • tag any trees that you want untouched and make sure they are not damaged following excavation
  • be present when they clear the area
  • ensure that the area has been cleared and that all trash has removed — including tree stumps
  • if you intend to clear the lot yourself and maintain your own personal equipment, review these John Deere tractors for sale at RB Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
  • from howstuffworks.com:
    about excavating land

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Getting Started

Step 1: develop the plan

  • take a completed draft of the spec sheet to your architect or planner, who will can customize a building plan or revise an existing plan that meets your specs.
  • use your spec sheet and floor plan to bid the construction project to contractors


Step 2: get required building permits


Step 3: find pre-screened contractors and other service providers

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