Our residential site design work is important to us. Ranging from high end residential construction documents, water front CBPA site plans, site renovation plans, or raw land development site plans for single-family or multifamily homes, this work makes up a quarter of our practice, and it goes back to our roots where physical surveys for single-family homes have always been an important requirement for land transactions. Having done physical surveys and other surveying for over 50 years has many advantages. Our staff knows many streets and properties from memory, and it is difficult to find a neighborhood where we have not previously surveyed something nearby. This institutional knowledge is important to our clients since we can often share with them relevant information about the area and solutions on sites facing similar challenges. We also have an extensive plat library in-house that speeds up our time researching properties for boundary line and subdivision work.
Every good residential design starts with a good survey, but it helps to have good architecture as well. We recommend various residential architects to our clients as we often need to coordinate floor plans and elevations with most sites. Knowing where the doors and windows are, for example, is critical to ensuring driveways and walks are coordinated and that plant material doesn’t block windows.
Cumulatively, WPL does hundreds of residential site plans each year in the surrounding local municipalities. We are familiar with both municipality and builder requirements. From topographic surveys to the construction as-builts, we have become very proficient at providing a high quality service at an affordable cost to our clients. Much of this work is overseen and produced by our surveyors and their staff; however, we also engage our civil engineers and landscape architects for general site design, specific elements, or unique situations on a site.