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Which one comes first? Land survey or house plans?

Discussion in 'Development' started by Zak, 7th Oct, 2015.

  1. Zak

    Zak Well-Known Member

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    Which one comes first? Land survey or house plans?

    i would have thought a land survey will be conducted first then the survey information will be provided to the architect to develop and draw up the house plan?

    is this correct?
     
  2. Be Developer

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    Land Survey is a first step!

    If you have some spare time, please feel free to read eBook on our website, it may give you basic idea of property development. (link is in signature below)
     
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    Spot on Zak. The survey lets the designer know what slope they have to contend with - front/back or sides. If retaining walls are required & how tall, extent of cut and fill etc.

    More importantly it provides solar orientation so they know where to put windows and shading, glazing selection, living areas, amenities etc. All of thatmay go out the window if you have a view.
     
  4. Zak

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    tx guys. does it matter if the a survey is done before or after when an existing house is demolished?
     
  5. Tenex

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    Yes it does. In fact the demolisher needs the current contours to understand how far he will need to go.
     
  6. MikePan

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    There are different types of survey. Initially, get a boundary survey (or identification survey if there's house/buildig already on the site, a contour survey is also recommended). At the end, you might get a final bulding survey.
     
  7. Scott No Mates

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    If the survey is completed prior to demolition then you can progress the design and provide RLs to the demolisher.

    If you are demolishing outside of the build contract, if the demolisher alters the RLs the builder may go hunting for variations in the earthworks.
     
  8. Tufan Chakir

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    You're looking at a "feature survey" as the surveyors call them. Done BEFORE the house design, for the reasons stated above. usually before demolition, but it's not going to make much difference if it's after demolition. Before demolition is going to give you more information about what's there, but if you're looking at a redevelopment you may as well leave it until after demoliiton