Backyard Grading (pictures)
This is a relatively new build - 1.5 years purchased from the builder. What are my options in terms of improving the grading and to direct storm water away from the perimeter of the house?
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Without seeing more, that looks like they ran "Big O" tubing from their downspouts to outside the fence.
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Sorry about not replying sooner but I think you may be right. I know @Jerico pointed out in a previous thread that there was "Big O" inside the walls of our undeveloped basement.
May 21st, 2019 4:21 pm
New build grading is rarely approved at the time you take possession. I have been in my place over two years and the city still hasn't signed off on the grading because it wasn't done properly and the builder needs to come back and fix it.RigorMortis wrote: ↑
Builders response was once the final grading certificate is issued (which we were provided upon taking possession) that grading becomes the home owners responsibility from that point forward. The builder has offered to, "drop off clay based fill on to our driveway. This is what was removed when excavating homes in the community. This material will help build up the grade. You would need to pull back the sod and top soil to place this then put the topsoil and sod back"
May 21st, 2019 4:58 pm
The builder sent us a "Final Grading Certificate" around the time we took posession. I presumed this certificate is issued once the grading is approved?westcoastyvr wrote: ↑ New build grading is rarely approved at the time you take possession. I have been in my place over two years and the city still hasn't signed off on the grading because it wasn't done properly and the builder needs to come back and fix it.
If I were you, I would call the city and
a) ask if the grading has been approved; and
b) if it has, ask them who would have approved grading that slopes towards your house
I am sure after you mention B above, the city will send someone out to look at it.
May 21st, 2019 5:10 pm
Who issued your "Final Grading Certificate" - Builder or City?RigorMortis wrote: ↑ The builder sent us a "Final Grading Certificate" around the time we took posession. I presumed this certificate is issued once the grading is approved?
Never hurts to ask so thank you for the suggestion to call the city - will get on that. Did your builder provide you with the grading certificate?
May 21st, 2019 5:27 pm
In the email they sent with the grading certificate, it states, "A lot grading certificate is a document prepared and approved by an Alberta Land Professional Surveyor" so i presume that is the city.westcoastyvr wrote: ↑ Who issued your "Final Grading Certificate" - Builder or City?
We are still waiting for grading to be approved - which won't happen until the builder regrades the back yard, resods, etc.
In all honesty, I never imagined waiting over two years to be able to put up a fence, do landscaping, etc.
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We were one of the last houses in the phase to take possession. Ours was also a quick possession home. We took possession in Dec 2017 and the sod was not put down until the following spring (june 2018).djeffery wrote: ↑ At what stage was construction around you when you took possession? The 2 times we have had a new home built, we were fairly early in the subdivision development when we moved in and it was several months to a year before everything was done around us and grading and sodding was completed. If you happen to be one of the latter homes to be built, then it's possible they had grading done when you took possession.