Building site selection
How to plan, design and give shape to the custom house of your dreams!
Here are several suggestions you should keep in mind while selecting a piece of land:
- It should not be situated in a flood plain,
- It should have good proportions,
- Have or be surrounded by healthy, abundant, and agreeable vegetation,
- Have peaceful and calm surroundings, a pleasant neighborhood.
- A few big trees, a nearby stream, athletic fields, or a quiet road or hiking paths would be ideal and enhance your quality of life.
- Research the town planning commission for upcoming projects and zoning changes that may impact your future neighborhood.
- Check the presence of antisocial elements in the neighborhood that could ruin the quality of your life and security,
- Avoid the proximity of high tension lines,
- Avoid a plot that is situated on lower ground, as it has less breeze and is susceptible to floods.
- Avoid the proximity of a cemetery.
- Remember to check the nature of the soil: clay soil, for instance, on account of its expanding properties, and rocky soil as it may hinder the growth of vegetation and require blasting before construction.
Above all, trust your feeling and intuition in selecting the site; do not simply follow a set of rules which may not correspond to your personal needs. According to the ancient Indian science of Vastu Shatras a few subtle features should be taken into consideration when selecting a building site: A plot that has a regular form, square or rectangular would be ideal, one that is narrow in the front and wide in the back is good as it allows for the development of a backyard or an added construction such as a garden shed. Avoid a plot that is lower at the back. Avoid cut corners if possible.