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Assuming you are ready to start the design/build process, you will need to get a boundary, tree and elevation survey, and then schedule a soil test (we can help with both). This information must be provided to your Architect of choice (We can recommend some to you).
The survey lets the Architect know exactly what you have. For new home builds in Ft. Lauderdale, the min finish floor elevation needs to be 1’ higher than FEMA’s requirements. All other cities require us to just be at FEMA’s min requirements. If the land is very low, we will need to raise the building pad to comply with FEMA (5’ to 6’ NAVD) and Ft. Lauderdale add 1’, (6’ to 7’ NAVD) flood plain requirements. All new construction, including additions to existing homes, must comply with this FEMA and City regulations.
The soil test will let the Architect and Engineers know what kind of foundation system and Civil Drainage system to design.