Everything is set with the builder and the next step is digging the foundation, but the weather is bound to get bad. We couldn’t have predicted that any better even if we were weathermen! Our foundation is ready for digging for 4 days ago now, and since that day it has been raining cats and dogs.
Luckily, our builder takes these types of holdups into account when discussing the finish time with his clients. And, he builds a few extra weeks into the schedule, so chances are; we’re still on track. However, waiting is brutal. And, I’m about ready to get out there myself with a shovel in hand and get things started!
So, we patiently wait for the weather to cooperate and we visit our lot over the weekend in hopes something starts. Selecting a lot for your home is often not an issue because perhaps you inherit land from a family member, or already have a piece of property you want to build on. For us, we have few lot choices and we definitely want something with some space for our dogs. It doesn’t have to be a lot of space; in fact, we prefer to keep the size manageable when it comes to maintaining the lawn and landscaping. But, we definitely want to make sure there won’t be any commercial buildings behind our house that affect our property value someday, or any other surprises for that matter. Our lot is what I would consider narrow. Narrow lot home plans are popular today because of the cost of land. Builders today maximize the space of a narrow lot by filling it with the finished home, so like I said, there usually isn’t much land left after adding deep lot house plans like ours to today’s smaller lots.
Crazy Mother Nature
However, the weather delay gave us time to look at our lot and think about some questions we want to ask our building supervisor regarding the backyard slope. Our lot is basically flat until the rear portion at the lot line, and then it has a very steep hill (pretty much straight up). At the top of the hill are some lovely trees that we will appreciate when the leaves fill in. We plan to add a fence to keep the dogs where they need to be, and that fence must follow the perimeter of our lot according to the bylaws of our area. When looking at our backyard, the slope is definitely too steep and it seems that hill needs to be graded out a little or filled in to make that fence follow the perimeter like it should. We bring this up to the building supervisor and he took our thoughts into account and will make certain we get the best lot possible in the end.
I have a feeling once digging the foundation begins dirt will automatically fill the yard, so it’s possible the hill in the back will be majorly minimized.
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