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HERE ARE SOME OF THE KEY ITEMS COVERED BY THE FIELD RESEARCH AND SITE PLAN:

Determine if the site is buildable. It’s not always clear if a particular site is suitable for a home you’ve imagined. Many factors will be considered, such as flood zone characteristics, distance from protected coastal features, and local zoning limitations on home heights, total footprint and property line setbacks.

Special permits or variances. Even if the planned home is not perfectly in line with environmental regulations or local ordinances, it is often possible to propose variances that earn full approvals. Variances are reasonable, if they give enough protection to the homeowner and preserve environmental features like waterways, dunes and wildlife.

Size appropriately for the site. Even the biggest waterfront lots face limits on the size and placement of the home. As we work together on your home design, we need have a clear vision of what’s possible in the permitting process: How close can we get to the beach? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? What’s the optimal placement of decks, septic systems, driveways and other features that will appear on the site plan? For coastal sites, even the landscaping may be subject to special permits. There are always two goals; maximize property enjoyment for the homeowner and comply with all regulations.

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