Preplanning New Construction

BY DOUGLAS J. MITCHELL JR. AND DANIEL D. SHAWThe recent dip in our economy has slowed down many new construction projects, but “Johnny Appleseed” continues to build residential homes. Who is the “Johnny Appleseed” Construction Company? Well, it operates in almost every town, city, and state. Much akin to “Johnny Appleseed,” these builders seem to magically spread house “seeds” in any tract of open land or in your local farmer’s backfield (photo 1).  (1-2) Photos courtesy of Google Earth.After a few months, up sprouts a community of 30-plus similar looking homes—additions to your fire department’s first-due response are...

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