Monday, February 6, 2006

Location and siting your new home

... because we browsed for a long time, we saw first hand other problems, such as flooding; railroad tracks, transmitters, and water towers way too close to the house; and busy, noisy streets--in a variety of locations. And a name like Hidden Lake (it came back to the consternation of the homeowners) could be a clue. And you have to watch out for swamps, wetlands, underground springs, fill, toxic waste...

You can see that there are a lot of location issues to consider, including siting it. Our house runs east and west. Our front and back porches shield us from the morning and afternoon sun. Deciding where to put your house on a corner lot may affect your house plan, along with the lot size and shape. There are a number of pie and wedge shaped lots in developments. Easements and setbacks have to be considered.

We thought hard about all these things, plus developments, neighborhoods, even nearby communities.

From Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook (available at amazon.com: Amazon.com: Building a Cool House for Hot Times Without Scorching the Pocketbook: Books: Joy V. Smith, Barnes & Noble, ...)

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