Land development means quite a few things it turns out! This time on the BC Land Dev blog we just wanted to give a brief overview, we’re talking 10,000 ft look at the four core services that make up BC Land Dev. Alright, enough preamble let’s jump into it!
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The process of grading land is pretty simple: the land is leveled by moving dirt from higher elevations (of the parcel) to lower ones. This creates a nice level surface to serve as the foundation for your project. Land grading may require you to move in additional dirt from somewhere else to make the grade.
Land grading isn’t only for making flat surfaces, it’s also used when making slopes to keep water from running into buildings. It’s just about making sure the land has the right angle to it for future building.
Land grading tackles any of the following issues:
- To prepare for landscaping
- To make an addition to your home
- To build a new home
- To create a new driveway
- To add a concrete patio
- To correct a drainage problem
- To stop soil erosion
- To promote erosion control
It’s worth noting land grading isn’t land leveling. Those are two different things. Land leveling is strictly an agricultural term that is used for surface irrigation.
Every great building starts with an excellent building pad. Building pads are one of the most crucial pieces in any building construction. It establishes the strong true foundation needed to build on top of.
To make a building pad, experts like BC Land Development will first analyze the soil, taking measures of what the soil composition looks like – how loose is the soil, how much water it absorbs, and how stable is it naturally. From there it’s about filling, grading, and compacting the soil all to increase the stability of the structure and create a solid ‘pad’ of soil for the structure to be built on.
If your project doesn’t have a strong surface to start on, then it will have a shaky future. Any mistakes during the building pad process could lead to sinking foundations and drainage issues that can put your entire project at risk.
Wash relocation is exactly what it sounds like. Also known as arroyos, gulches, riparian land, and drainage areas, washes are natural formations of sunken rocks and vegetation caused by rainwater. If left alone when the rain comes the wash will fill and cause flooding. That’s obviously no good when it comes to building!
Wash relocation means moving the area of soil, improving the natural drainage of the land, and reducing the risk of future flooding thanks to smart excavation, land grading, and land development.
Just like all of our services, wash relocation is all about bringing out the potential and possibilities of the available land.
Putting it simply, excavation means work involving the removal of soil or rock from a building site or area to create an open face, hole or cavity using tools or machinery. From moving topsoil, removing rocks and trees, cutting down and trimming unwanted foliage, and clearing our water spillways – it’s a range of different work that all does the same thing: removing unwanted materials from the lot.
Excavation covers a lot of different work including:
- Tree & rock removal
- Soil relocation
- Wash relocation
- Vegetation & foliage removal
- Site preparation
- Driveways, roadways, access road planning
These four core services are our bread and butter. They are the necessary first steps to any residential or commercial construction project – you can’t just start laying down pavement or building a frame on undeveloped land – you risk unstable foundations, flooding, and more.
For any development project, big or small, BC Land Dev is here to help! Give us a call today to discuss the details of your project and see how BC Land Dev can support your goals of maximizing the potential of your land.