Subsurface Analysis

Having investigated matters on and above the surface, it is also necessary to investigate issues that lay below the surface. One such issue is the capabilities of the soil. This is commonly known as a geotechnical report. It is designed to provide critical information to your engineering firm as to the soil conditions upon which the build area (roads, pathways and …

Wetlands

Generally, you cannot build or otherwise impact any wetland. To impact a wetland legally, requires a permit issued by the US Army Corp of Engineers who administer the Clean Water Act in concert with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. So, it is important that you know what, if any, wetlands exist on your property before planning any development or building.  …

Topographical Survey

In preparing the physical layout of the infrastructure and buildings on the site, having a topographical survey available will reduce surprises during construction and reduce those costly change orders. You can have a field run topographical survey on the property typically on a 200’ grid for large parcels, 100’ grid for smaller ones, and 10’ grid for very small parcels.  …

Land Use and Zoning

From HOA’s to State Governments, there are many governing jurisdictions that you need to investigate as part of due diligence to ensure that the intended use of the property is legally allowed. The regulation for the use of land is a zoning ordinance, and the improvement of land is a development ordinance. These ordinances often are combined into a Land …

Boundary Survey

Site assessment addresses broad issues such as location, neighboring uses, and transportation access. Once a site is located, then a more detailed investigation is required to determine whether the intended use of the property is achievable at reasonable cost.  This is known as due diligence, and typically happens once a contract for the purchase of the site has been executed. …

Think of Who Uses It

Some of the most important time you will spend when building your healthy home will be the design phase. When planning the layout of your healthy home an important question to ask is “who will ever use it.” The last thing you want to do is to create a public space that is only accessible through your clean 8-hour sleeping …

Touring Maine

A lovely week was spent touring Maine from the home base of Kennebunkport for potential sites for Habitat for Canaries.  We began the week in Bangor, some 3 hours north of Kennebunkport.  Land North and Northwest of Bangor offered more suitable terrain than East of Bangor in terms of lakes, elevation, and hardwood tree growth.  Moving South we spent a …

The Inn at English Meadows

When your mom hasn’t had a vacation in over a decade and agrees to traipse all over Maine for you, there is nothing so wonderful as to hear the words, “the Inn made it feel like I was on a real vacation!” If one word described life at the Inn at English Meadows it would be care. Each morning the …

Habitat for Canaries Welcomes Briburn to Our Team

Chris and Harry are energetic design architects with a passion for environmentally friendly, sustainable buildings. Just what the doctor prescribed for Habitat for Canaries! We chose Briburn for their understanding and sensitivity to the special needs our buildings must meet for our guests and occupants. Check them out on their website, www.briburn.com. And we are on another trip (April 2017) …

The Clean 8 Hours

As long as I can remember, the doctors have impressed upon me the necessity of having a clean sleeping space. Converse to modern living arrangements where you have electronics, TVs, and wardrobes all in the bedroom, it is imperative to give the canary a room where there is nothing that causes their immune system to activate. Since the body heals …