What you need to know before clearing your land to build your butt and pass log home
Building your own butt and pass log home offers you numerous benefits; you can choose the exact area to build, design the plans and then steadily watch the dream become a reality. Being able to select a precise location and design the log home plan provides the opportunity to maximize privacy and customize your utilities, too.
One of the unique additional tasks people forget about when planning their butt and pass log home is clearing land to build the home. Enough land needs to be cleared for your yard, log home, driveway, well and septic system.
Check with Local Zoning and Building Departments
The last thing you’ll want to happen is to clear land and then be told it was illegal due to violating some zoning law. This would result in a messy fight with your town authorities and plenty of unnecessary expenses. To avoid this, consult early on with your town’s departments of building and zoning to ensure the exact space you’re clearing is within bounds of the town ordinance or other laws.
Get the Right Equipment for the Job
Land clearing varies project by project, with the size of the land plot being different for most people. Before investing in equipment for the job, make a note of specific property aspects, like a certain tree or area, that you’d like to keep intact. Then make sure any logger, forester or other contractor understands and is respectful of your wishes. With size specifications and the homeowners desires clearly communicated, it will be much easier to identify the proper equipment for the specific job at hand.
Well and Septic
One of the biggest issues you will come across when clearing land to build your log home is finding water. Don’t assume anything when building your log home! Get a knowledgeable professional you trust to make sure you can get your well and septic set up with how you want to position your log home on the land. This will impact clearing your land so it’s important to do this early in the game.
Mark the Territory
Using bright tape or paint, mark the house footprint and locations for the driveway, well, etc., in addition to the property boundaries. This will be very helpful for clearing the land, in addition to lowering the chances of a mistake. With your excavator or contractor, be sure to clarify several times which trees need to remain preserved. Ideally, only cut down the trees that interfere with the log home’s construction. If saving trees is particularly important to you, consider hiring an arborist or a contractor that specializes in excavation.
Other important questions on how to clear land for building a log home
Once the territory is marked and the right individuals are hired, it’s important to ask very specific questions relevant to the building process. For one, it’s important to know specifically where the well will be dug. Also, it’s important to test for water on the property; if anything is wrong, it will be easier to take care of prior to construction, instead of after it. Other questions to ask yourself and anyone involved in overseeing the house’s construction include:
- Is the area prone to flooding or other natural disasters? If so, what precautions can we make?
- Is a public water system on the lot? If so, is there a water connection fee? Are all water hookups ready to go?
- Is access to gas, telephone, electric, cable, trash pick-up available? If not, what is the cost for each?
- Does a homeowners association have any control over the lot?
- When was the lot last surveyed? Try to get a copy of the most recent survey as well, in addition to getting your own survey done.
- What building permits are required to build?
When acknowledging the tips above, in addition to asking the aforementioned questions during the building process, owners of log homes will be able to enjoy their property without the stress of violating laws or not having access to basic services.