We get an architectural survey to determine the possibilities of the site. We also get a soils and geology report in most cases. These reports determine the depth and type of foundation necessary. (These are reports done by others, arranged by our office.) We will review the site with the city or county to determine code requirements in the areas of fire prevention, engineering, planning, building, and zoning. We do sun path, wind, and other site studies on site.
The survey provides information on the location of property lines, right of ways, topography, and built element footprints. It is based on measurements taken on the site and written information located in the house title report and legal description. This information is used to develop drainage analysis, apply required setbacks, analyze and bid foundation work and generally design in relation to the site.