Site Planning For Waterfront Properties

Sandy Point area is known for sweeping sunsets along the James River

Taking The Time To Do It Right…

In life, I’ve found it’s far less stressful when you can pace yourself.   One of my favorite mantras is ‘inch by inch, it’s a cinch.’  Why?  Because ‘yard by yard, it’s hard.’  Think about it for a moment.  Even when many tasks await your time and attention, try smaller steps. Aim for progress, not perfection.

Take your time, especially when selecting a homesite for new construction. When waterfront and/or rural living aspects are involved, this is especially important.  Of the key factors that should go into overall site planning, I’d add the importance of septic perk and drain field location, along with waterfront setback line from the parcel’s ‘mean high water’ (MHW) line.  In some cases, a parcel may already have an approved site plan in place, one that ‘grandfathers’ a 25′ or 50′ setback from the MHW, for example.  If not, it may require a home to have a 100′ setback under today’s Resource Protection Act (RPA) standards.  (Note: This is easily researched, prior to selecting and buying a parcel.)  Setbacks may impact views and, of course, the home’s elevation, design and construction (area av. $135/sqft, as of 04/2013, depending on caliber of finishes).

In working with your architect and builder, the site plan development will become a foundational part of your new home’s overall design, layout and drawings — to also include floor plan, elevations, section cuts, technology/materials, etc.  These experts are worth their weight in gold and I can gladly furnish you with some recommendations when that time comes.

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Tammy Thrift, Realtor

Serving Your Real Estate Needs, From Colonial Williamsburg To The Chesapeake Bay!

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