Lot Measurement Guide: How to Measure the Lot of Land for Your Metal Building
Measuring your lot accurately is one of the first steps in the process of creating a new metal building. You need to know precisely how much space you have available so you can order a structure that is perfectly sized for the land. Measuring a lot can be a bit tricky, but the advice in this article will make it quick and easy.
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The Low-Tech Approach
In a high-tech world, there are still some situations where sticking with a traditional method is the right choice. That might be the case here when trying to determine how much land you have available for a new metal building. The measuring wheel is a simple measuring device that has been used for generations when measuring large distances. This device features a wheel, handle, and display that shows how much ground has been covered. Simply roll the wheel along the ground as you walk and watch the distance add up. With this device, you can quickly and easily get accurate numbers that will move this project forward.
Turning to Technology
For some people, the low-tech approach isn’t appealing. If you’d rather leverage the power of modern technology to take accurate measurements of your land, you can pick from a few methods. First, you can walk the land just as you would have with a measuring wheel, only this time you’ll use your phone to get the dimensions. Just use any app that measures distance traveled via GPS.
Prefer not to get out and walk the lot yourself? You can use web-based services that use Google Maps images to measure specific segments of land. This is another way to capture accurate measurements and it doesn’t require you to physically be on the property when you do it. This can be handy if you don’t live at the lot full-time but need to get measurements so you can place your metal building order right away.
Taking raw measurements of the lot is a good starting point, but you can’t necessarily use all of that land for your new building. There are other elements at play here you need to consider before designing and order your metal building:
- Building codes and restrictions. There may be a limit to the size of the building you can construct on your property, based on zoning issues and regulations in your area. Specifically, you might need to consider “setback” rules that govern how close you can build to the edge of your property line. Contact the appropriate local agency to learn more before you proceed with your plan.
- You’ll need to find a relatively level piece of land where your new building can live. Of course, you can move some earth to create flatter land and pour a foundation, but such work will quickly add significant cost to the project. As you are gathering dimensions, take note of any significant grade and determine how much of the area is useable for a metal building.
- Drainage. Placing your building at a low point on the property could lead to drainage issues. You don’t want water to gather inside the building, or even around the edges, so a higher piece of land is desirable, if possible. Fixing drainage problems later can get expensive, so this is another important point to touch on during the planning phase.
Bring This Project to Life
The list above might seem intimidating, but you can work through these potential complications quickly in most cases. Get started as soon as possible so you can clear any hurdles that come up and still finish the project on time.
Taking accurate lot measurements is important, but it isn’t the most exciting part of the project. That comes when your new metal building is constructed and you can put it to good use for storage, projects, and more. Carport Kingdom is the perfect partner for this project so give us a call today to get started!