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The Process

New Home Construction — Tread Lightly

In new home construction we are the first equipment on the land. Before we start work however, we designate the “do not disturb” areas, indicating the outermost limits of the road construction, parking, contractor storage and staging, and house excavation.

We examine all other areas that are to be impacted through excavation and construction for the valuable, recyclable resources they may offer. The topsoil, mossy rocks and ferns are great restoration materials.  We save and stockpile these materials before your excavation contractor arrives. During this first phase we are working directly for you preparing the land for excavation.

Next, we become a subcontractor, as we join your general contractor’s team. As your excavation begins, including house foundation, utility trenches, septic and roadwork, we work with your excavation company to save and reuse the valuable materials that they will be displacing. Rubble rock from the house excavation is potential road building material or a patio subgrade.  As the foundation is excavated and the stem walls are built we have a plan for reestablishing the natural contours around the house. At this point, we help with the backfill around the foundation as the appropriate soils and rock base are placed where needed. For example, some areas may be specified as gardens and others areas as patios. This is also the time to create a safe working surface for the carpenters and scaffolding which later becomes a trail system around the house. Once the house is complete we are again working directly for you as we shape the final land contours, which will become the framework for your gardens. We place mossy rocks, soils, plants and mulch to tuck your home back into its native environment.

Reusing materials we have saved and stockpiled from your land is a cost savings. We will purchase additional topsoil and native plants as necessary, but have found that with care and conservation in the beginning, the final materials list is quite small. This technique has been compared to surgery. We very specifically open up the land and then stitch it back together - the smallest possible incision and no noticeable scar upon healing.