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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spec planning: lot excavation

Spec Plan B: Lot Excavation

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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
  • from howstuffworks.com:
    about excavating land

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spec planning: lot excavation

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 remodeling plan or revise an existing plan that meets your specs.
  • use your spec sheet and floor plan to bid the construction project to contractors
    project specifications plan


Step 2: get required building permits


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

find site preparation contractors

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Helpful Tools

Some helpful forms for making remodeling decisions:

home improvement guide
home remodeling checklist
remodeling specification sheet
contractor evaluation form