By Marty in Boston, MA on 7/18/2006
This is my very first post; however, I am not new to this forum. Over the last several months I have tried to learn as much as I can about being an owner builder from the various posts and replies of others. I have found some very detailed and helpful posts.
With that being said, I am preparing to build my very first home (no sooner than 1 year - so I have plenty of time to research and plan). I have numerous questions; however, I will post a few at a time, in some type of priority order. I own a lot in Windham, NH. The lot has already been surveyed and has an approved septic design. I purchased Punch Software over a year ago and after many changes to the original plan, I have what I believe to be our (my wife and I) dream home. We got our ideas from various open houses we have visited. My dilemma is that I do not know what to do next. Do I bring the plans to an Architect to make sure it’s structurally sound? Do I bring it to an engineer? Do I give it to a drafter? Do I bring the plans to a lumberyard to price out what lumber will cost? Or do I submit it to the town’s planning board for advice? (The last option seems least likely)
My lot slopes slightly from left to right and from front to back, which accommodates a walkout basement. I know I will need to fill in the right side of the home, but who decides how the lot will be graded? Also, I know there is ledge in the area, as many of the homes in the area required blasting. Who determines how much ledge, if any needs to be blasted?
So here are my questions:
Who do I hire to determine if the lot needs to be blasted and do you need a permit for the testing (I know a permit is needed for blasting)?
Who do I hire to determine how the lot will be graded?
What do I do next with the plans I have drawn?
I know that some of these questions can be asked of the planning board; however, I want to reserve how many questions I ask them to the most technical. I fear that asking too many questions will demonstrate to how inexperienced I am – hurting me in the long run (i.e. scrutinizing my work product more than the norm).
Sorry for the long post and thank you in advance for your help.