Building Your Dream Home

Written by Mark Donovan

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Pulling Permits

Once you have selected and hired your excavator, chief framer, and foundation company, review with them your plans. Make sure you walkrepparttar site with them, and carefully stake outrepparttar 100005 house footprint, paying careful attention to lot setbacks, septic tanks, leach fields and well location. Once all are agreed upon withrepparttar 100006 house plans andrepparttar 100007 location ofrepparttar 100008 home, contactrepparttar 100009 building inspector and review with him/her your plans. You will need to submit a very thorough package torepparttar 100010 building inspector prior to getting approval. There are frequently town and state forms that need to be filled out regarding wetlands, and home thermal analysis. In addition, detailed engineering drawings ofrepparttar 100011 proposed home may be required. In my caserepparttar 100012 Framer was able to assist in developing additional sketches ofrepparttar 100013 house plan to ensure structural compliance to local, state and federal building codes. If I had usedrepparttar 100014 initial home plans I had obtained, those would have been sufficient. I also could have contacted an architect with my selected plans to provide additional details, however it was not necessary in my case.

After about a week and several hundred dollars later I hadrepparttar 100015 permit to build a new home.

Septic Design

My home required its own septic system on site. As a result, I required a septic design and an associated permit forrepparttar 100016 new home. I recommend pursuing this as early as possible in any new home project as this can take up to 2-3 months to complete as both town and state approvals are required, not to mention site and engineering work.

Without knowing exactly whererepparttar 100017 septic system and tank will reside, it may be difficult to locaterepparttar 100018 exact position ofrepparttar 100019 home and in many casesrepparttar 100020 building inspector may not approverepparttar 100021 building permit untilrepparttar 100022 septic design permit has been obtained. I was fortunate in thatrepparttar 100023 property already had a small septic system onrepparttar 100024 lot, sorepparttar 100025 building inspector gave me approval. I was at financial risk, however, inrepparttar 100026 eventrepparttar 100027 new septic design was not approved or needed to be repositioned fromrepparttar 100028 proposed location. Fortunately that was notrepparttar 100029 case and I was able to move forward on razingrepparttar 100030 cottage and beginning site work.

To Be Continued ….

In Part 2 of “Building Your Dream House”, I will cover razing an existing building, performing site prep work, and pouring foundation walls. Stay tuned……………

Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and home additions. Mr. Donovan's formal education & profession have been as an Electrical Engineer & Marketing Manager.

Buying an Unfinished Home maybe Your Answer

Written by Mark Donovan

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house, what isrepparttar expected completed floor plan and who will complete it. All these questions should be answered prior to signing a Purchase and Sales agreement. For example, if more bedrooms will be required prior to whenrepparttar 100004 homeowner anticipates finishingrepparttar 100005 home, then an unfinished home purchase may not berepparttar 100006 right solution. Secondly, askrepparttar 100007 builder/prior homeowner for a copy ofrepparttar 100008 floor plan ofrepparttar 100009 completed home. Usually a builder/prior homeowner has these, and it will help immensely whenrepparttar 100010 time comes to completerepparttar 100011 unfinished space. Changes to these floor plans are typically feasible, however, it is important to talk withrepparttar 100012 building inspector prior to beginningrepparttar 100013 project. Also, inrepparttar 100014 case of new construction, you may want to negotiate withrepparttar 100015 builder to complete a portion ofrepparttar 100016 unfinished area, such asrepparttar 100017 rough framing, electric or plumbing. Finally, you need to determine who will completerepparttar 100018 work and assess how much, if any, sweat equity you are willing to contribute. In either case, building permits will need to be pulled prior to any work.

Purchasing an unfinished home can berepparttar 100019 means to fulfillingrepparttar 100020 American dream. For many, it is also a way to buy a larger home, once completed. For others, it enables them to not sacrifice quality in their initial home purchase. Whateverrepparttar 100021 reason,repparttar 100022 purchase of an unfinished home has traditionally been an excellent investment.

Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and home additions. Mr. Donovan's formal education & profession have been as an Electrical Engineer & Marketing Manager.

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