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Posted by Bill in Waynesville, NC on 12/21/2007

We started this building project knowing we would be grading the property three times.

Phase one: general grading to shape the lot for the expected house layout. Keep in mind that we don't yet have our final designer plans, just what I drew with Punch Pro. This first phase would also let the grading settle for a good period of time. With so much earth moved, I expect the lower driveway will settle some and need to be reshaped again.

Phase two: When we get our final house blueprints and seek a building permit, we will need to do additional grading to accommodate the exact placement of the footers.

Phase three: After the walkout basement is built (including the basement and first floors), then we can get the final grading on the property.

All this is expensive, but it allows us to have a very usable mountain property with a yard - no small feat.

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First part of the driveway coming off the road above.
Where my car is parked is the turn onto the upper pad.
A view over the upper pad. It was a cold rainy day so the view is limited. You can always count on the view changing.
The upper pad was extended and seeded as a side yard.
The end of the upper pad.
This is the first time our daughters see the property. It is cold and rainy; they are not impressed... yet!
I stitched together several pictures to show the panoramic view of the upper and lower pad.
Here you can see the expected layout of the house against the upper pad. Even the garage will have a basement.



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