Plan for a flat beach lot and you end up in the Alps.
This is especially true on Asheville where the terrain can be so varied and the lots are generally irregular in shape. When we did start designing the house, I'll admit we were ignoring the existing site's slope a bit. We met with a grader on site and while he admitted it wasn't what he'd do and it will be more expensive, he said he could regrade to give us a flat spot for our concrete slab-on-grade house.
|Good thing hand sketching was not part of the architecture licensing exam!|
We've had a nagging feeling, and today when we had a family picnic on the lot we just realized that we were fighting the slope too much. The lot is much more like a big dish, but I simplified it in this sketch. We also were worried that without radiant heat in the concrete floor, that concrete slab floor was going to be cold!! (We can't afford radiant).
What does this all mean?? One word: basement.
Here are some cool photos from our lot picnic.(sorry for the repeats instagram friends!)
|Hide and Seek|
|First of Many Picnics to Come|