Now that you’ve found the perfect land to build your acreage home, it’s time to find a way to get into the property!
When you build an acreage property with Stroud Homes, you get the benefit of our experience with rural road construction.
Creating your acreage lifestyle is more than just having a home built, that’s why we are there to help you every step of the way:
- Find a contractor. At Stroud Homes we help our customers find the best road building contractor for their road. We know the people around the area that do this type of work and are happy to make a recommendation or include the work in the house contract.
- Stormwater pipes. Did you know the pipes under a road often cost as much as the road itself? The pipes are a big item, but for the longevity of your road it is critical to manage storm waterflow well. In some cases an engineers design may be required.
- Staging the project. It is usually best to put a basic access road in for the construction work. Later afterthe home is complete you can put the final layer on.Tip: Before starting road work – collect as much info as possible about the location of services on your land to help your contractor avoid these hazards. Draw a basic map if possible.
Let’s look at some things to consider when building your acreage road:
- Will you have animals on your land? Do you want to open and shut your gates every time you cross? There are a few options here from the classic ‘cattle grid’ to the very flash remote controlled sliding gates. Anything to avoid having to get out in the rain and open a gate!
- Start your project with a thin layer of ‘Road Base’. Road base is a basic road building gravel that will serve the purpose for the construction period of your new home. Your building contract will require ‘2 wheel drive access’ – a layer of road base will help you meet that requirement.There’s no point installing a new concrete/asphalt driveway prior to the construction of your home. It is better to avoid damage by leaving the finish of the road until later.
- When your road crosses a natural water flow path, you will need to install pipes to allow the water to pass without damaging your road.
- Spoon drains collect the water on the high side and move it towards the pipes.
- Our advice is: do it right the first time. Heavy rainfall seem to be more common, meaning your road will need to be well designed and built.
- A well thought-out road will help your collect more in dams.