A site analysis is the detailed study of a location that you wish to develop by building a home or a commercial property. A site analysis is important because it can identify potential problems that are likely to be encountered during the construction of the desired property. Building designers can then find solutions to those problems so that you do not incur unnecessary costs later on. This article discusses some of the challenges that a site analysis can identify.
A site analysis can unearth potential threats to your privacy or to the privacy of other homeowners in that area. For instance, you may feel that the presence of a tall building near your proposed single-story home will threaten your privacy because people in the tall building will be able to look at everything happening on your property.
The architect can solve this problem by choosing a type of window or door glass that cannot allow those outside to see into your home. He or she can also design the home in such a way that your porch or bedrooms face away from the tall building in order to protect your privacy.
The site analysis can also reveal the zoning/classification challenges that the architect should keep in mind when designing your home. For instance, there may be a restriction on how tall buildings in that area should be. The area may also be classified as a historical area. Such descriptions may limit the styles of the homes that may be constructed in that area.
Is the site located on a steep slope? Is the site located on a flood plain? Overcoming such challenges requires some ingenuity on the part of the architect. For instance, he or she can design your home so that the basement can be built on the lower side of the slope. This can reduce the cost of altering the grade of the site prior to the construction of your home.
A detailed site analysis can also reveal the possible sources of pollution, such as noise pollution from a busy highway that the building designer should put into consideration. For instance, the architect can recommend the use of a particular soundproofing product in the walls in order to dampen the noise from a nearby highway.
As you can see, having a site analysis done ensures that the design of your building addresses all the challenges that are unique to the lot that you purchased. It also helps the design to take full advantage of the positive attributes of that site, such as a view of a nearby lake. You should therefore facilitate the site analysis team to do its work so that all necessary information is given to the architect who will design your new home.