Having your builder on board early is critical for success
Site selection, home location, orientation and elevation are some of the most important decisions that you will make in construction of your new home. In order to fully utilize the property as intended, we highly recommend having us on board with you through this process to discuss costs, limitations of the site and setting up proper orientation and house/site elevations and to make sure your house plans are drawn with consideration to the actual lot you will be building on and not just a “Canned” set of plans. Warner Bros. will do a site evaluation with you on lots you may be considering to purchase and WBC also has prime Real Estate for sale near Gore Mountain and only 20 minutes to Lake George.
- Access: Are there any access consideration for the site layout and for construction?
- Slopes: Are there any construction costs associated with the slope and what about future maintenance? Can I build a walk-out on the lot to gain added square footage?
- Soil conditions: Does the soil drain well, can it be used for backfill and sub-base material, does it perk well for a septic system?
- Wet Lands: Are there wetlands on the property? How do I determine if they are jurisdictional wetlands. How might this impact the location of the home and septic system?
- Ledge: Is there ledge on the property? How does ledge impact my foundation and drainage? If I encounter ledge, what are my options? Change location, elevation, hammer ledge or blasting. Does this impact site layout or only costs?
- Drainage: Will the lot require a DEC permit? What will need to be done to keep all storm water on the lot? Will my basement be dry? Does it make a difference if I intend to finish the basement?
- Orientation: What about views, southern exposure versus northern exposure?
- Can we build a yard for the kids / barbecuing, etc.
- What elevation should the house be constructed at to avoid drainage issues, but without making access difficult.
- Besides the house, what about locations and layout for; septic system, well, u/g (o/h) phone and power, buried propane tank and lines, driveway / parking and drainage / landscaping.
- How do I select a home design and how do I get them drawn and engineered?
- What decisions will need to be made before the plans are drawn and what decisions can be done later.
- What items do I need to coordinate between the site plan and house blue prints?
- How do I make sure that the house plans I get drawn up will fit on the lot nicely and what restrictions do I have in regards to min/max size, heights and materials used?
- How do I hire Warner Bros. Construction before I know the exact cost of the home?
- What are the advantages of negotiating a contract versus having the house bid?
- Should I have an attorney represent me to purchase property and what considerations are there for me to use a local attorney?
- How do I go about assembling my team? (Attorney, Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Draftsman, Structural Engineer and Contractor.
- Zoning: Is there room on the lot to build the house that you would like. What are the sideline, front and rear setbacks. How much room do we need in-between the well and the septic and where should they be located? What about house and septic setbacks from brooks or lakes?
- What governmental agency approvals will I need? (Town, County, DEC, APA, ACOE)
- If there is a stream/brook on site, how does that impact permits required, setbacks, etc.
- Do I need to get all my permits before I purchase the property?
- Do I need a variance?