Tips For Building A Custom Home On Property With A Protected Wetland Area

If your new custom home site is on a large parcel of land that contains natural wetlands, then it is vital that you preserve the wetland areas as required by law. Thankfully, you can easily protect the wetlands and get the maximum enjoyment from your property as well. To this end, here are some tips to assist you with owning and building on a property that contains wetlands:

Tip: Have the Wetland Area Professionally Delineated

Before you can decide on a building site for your new custom home, first you need to have the wetland area on your property professionally delineated, such as by Crest Engineering Associates . Once you know the boundaries of the wetlands, then you can look for a building site outside of its boundaries.

Tip: Determine Which Parts of Your Land are In the Floodplain

The simple fact that your land has a natural wetland means that part of your property is located in the floodplain. If you build your new home in the floodplain, then you will have issues with basement flooding each winter when the storms hit. Additionally, if you build in the floodplain, then your homeowner's insurance premiums will be a lot higher. If your entire property is located in the desigated floodplain, then you should take additional steps when building to prevent seasonal flooding and water damage. 

Tip: Consider the Wildlife and Insects when Deciding on Your New Home's Building Site

In addition to keeping your new home out of the wetland area and its floodplain, you also need to consider the wildlife and insects that will call the wetland home. For example, if there are deer and coyotes in your local area, then they may visit your wetlands for drinking water. Additionally, mosquitoes breed in standing water, so if your wetland area has standing water, then you can expect that the mosquitoes will be thick in the spring and summer months. And, since the wetland is protected by law, you will not be able to spray it with insecticides.

Tip: Choose a Foundation Type that Will Not be Easily Damaged by Soil Movement

Finally, since the soil in wetland areas tends to move around more than it would in a dry area, this is an important consideration when you are building. To keep your home's foundation from cracking and your windows and doors from sticking, you should build your new custom home on a thick, reinforced concrete slab foundation. This type of foundation allows your entire home to shift with the slab without any damage.

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