Alright. I have the lot and know the dimensions. I also know what
the structures look like. The next question is how will they fit?
With the basement garage in the cabin and the main level entrance on the
garage/apartment, the use of the natural grade of the lot will be critical.
I took a crack at it here. BTW - The squares are equal to 1/4 acre lots.
I wanted perspective as to how this particular home would have fit on a 1/4 acre
At this point I asked Ken from KH Design
to step in and consult with me. What I need is a layout that would allow
me to place my septic system, water well, and plan for
Ken from KH Design said that in order for him to do this, I would need the topographical map (elevation
contours) and he could work on that. I started to do my homework and found
that it would probably cost at least $600 to have someone do that topo, but I
figured that I had to have it done for the building permit... I mean I needed
one for the home I built here in Utah... long story short, no. There is no
requirement for topographical survey to build. I was being told that I
didn't even need architectual plans for the cabin... "no architect. Just
build!". While I like the sound of that, I like planning, so I have
decided to have Ken do this work for me. A good plan is worth the extra costs in my
opinion. When Ken heard this, he said that if I could give him 6 points or
so with the elevation height differences, he could actually extrapolate a solid
father and I, armed with a 250 foot tape and his hand-held GPS unit (which tells
elevation) went out and measured a bunch of points for Ken. It's a Garmin
unit similar to the one here. I don't remember the model, but it
turned out to be fairly accurate as we went and rechecked points a couple
hours later, we were certainly within a foot or two over the whole lot.
This is what we had for Ken. I put the points into Photoshop and told
him where the best views were so that he could position the properties.
So, a few weeks later, this is what Ken sent back. All I can say is
nice work! That topo matches the contours of the property nearly
perfectly. BTW - Each contour line is 2 feet in elevation.
He has two building placements. I think I like the 2nd one. It
would be less driveway to 'pave'. This is #1:
This is #2 (my preferrence):
Although #1 would offer a more traditional front view of the garage/apartment
when you approach up the driveway.