The Science of Location, Positioning, Perspective & Sun

Maximize sunlight and exposure, as well as thoroughly understand the costs associated with developing your property by involving both builder and architect early in the process of selecting and evaluating a lot.

Before bringing your new home to life through 3D Architectural Design, our Design Team and construction team become familiar with your site by walking it, photographing it, and documenting existing conditions as appropriate.

Then, we obtain general and special site data such as:

  • Local municipality and county requirements and restrictions (ie. Setbacks, FAR (floor area ratio), total surface coverage for all impervious surface area/green space, maximum heights, etc.)
  • Survey with property boundaries
  • Engineered grading/contour plan data
  • Soils report and related information (ie. Running background information on geotechnical information to address high ground water issues)
  • Sanitary system, water, or private well data and design information

After evaluation of the site for proper building specifications, the preliminary site analysis is performed, including such considerations as:

  • Location and home positioning, perspective, and approach
  • Sun and daylight exposure and effects to living space
  • Circulation of vehicles and people
  • Landscaping and hardscape needs, as well as best maximized exposure, taking into account proper drainage
  • Considerations for “negative space” – those areas created as residual by the “positive footprint” of a structure
  • Exposure to your site’s best features
  • Minimizing unwanted site intrusions

We also manage the permitting, submission, and approval process with the county, municipality, Department of Natural Resources, and state regulatory bodies including:

  • Chapter 30 (needed if 10,000 feet of soil is disturbed)
  • Form A Permit (needed for high ground water and hydric soils)
  • FAR requirements (floor area ratios)
  • Open space requirements
  • Storm water erosion control
  • Flood plain evaluation
  • Environmental remediation
  • Height restrictions
  • County mitigation regulations
  • Well variances
  • Set backs

Leveraging Technology to Maximize Sun

Today’s 3D Architectural technology allows us to show you how the light hits your property at different times of the day, even taking seasonality into consideration to:

  • Position your home to maximize sunrise and sunset views
  • Enjoy the most sun possible on your pool area throughout the summer months
  • Reduce shadows on driveways and walkways in winter, making ice and snow control easier
  • Reduce glare on televisions with proper window and screen placement
  • Ensure the most sun possible for greenhouses, sunrooms and other desired areas

With special emphasis on finding and repurposing lake and other existing property for new home construction, Regency is well versed in the unique site challenges that exist in lake building and tear down construction.

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