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Posted by Thuy in Melbourne, FL on 9/26/2017 3:42:10 PM

Hello all! I'm so excited! We had recently purchased a 1.34 acre vacant lot to build our dream home.  We're so ecstatic to get started on doing our very first owner-builders home.  I hope this journey will be both rewarding and worthwhile because I tell ya, I am nervous to the bone after reading so many OB forums.  Anyways, both hubby and I have been doing plenty of research and just trying to get things set in motion.  Hubby spent so much valuable time and effort but has come up with a design that we both love.  We have already found our design and structural engineer that we are comfortable to work with, our design meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, 9/26/2017.  We were quoted at $2578.45 for 3 sets of drafting + $125 for all prints + $350 for entire plan w/seal.  Hopefully it'll get things moving much quicker as we really want to be able to get our permit to start building asap.   I'll post our floor plans once we have finalize on the details, but so far so good! 


We also scheduled our boundary, topo and tree survey for mid of next week, 10/4/2017 with GSS Surveying & Mapping. The boundary & topo survey quoted at $1475 + $4/tree survey.  We were told that tree survey was only for native trees and any larger than 4 inches.  As you all know, really can't do anything without that survey that basically tells us how and where to build our future residence.   I didn't think I would need a tree survey, but after some advice from the wonderful people of the city hall of Melbourne office, we will include it since there's a requirement of # of trees per lot.  I also had requested for a few land clearing quotes as well to get that going.

Our experience so far has been pretty decent.  We've talked to the zoning & planning folks in City Hall for details on restrictions.  We also had a long discussion with the engineers at city hall.  I am very please to know that the people at the city hall are just very helpful, informative and so willing to help any way they can for first timer OB. I would had thought it would be discourage but instead they encourage and guide us along.   

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Contact office of natural resources to determine if stormwater plan is required/needed
Get quotes on builders risk insurance
Get additional bids on land clearing


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