TKM Land Surveyors LP offers a series of construction services that are summarized in this section.
Construction staking is the process of interpreting construction plans and marking the location of proposed new structures such as an addition to your home. Construction staking is performed to ensure a project is built according to architectural plans and the City setback requirements. Construction staking may be required by lending institutions or code enforcement officers for projects involving single and multi-family homes. Construction staking is not mandatory, but many general contractors and civil engineers prefer to do construction staking/layout to minimize the risk and cost of placing the foundation forms in the wrong place. It also saves the cost of a second trip to the site to remeasure the forms in the event the forms are placed incorrectly and keeps the job on schedule. Once the staking is complete, a point plot and cut sheet are delivered to the general contractor.
Many general contractors will ask that wooden stakes be placed on key property lines near the addition they are building. Once the stakes are in place, the general contractor can proceed to tsetting up foundation forms.
Most cities require a setback certification letter signed by a licensed land surveyor for permitting. The first step is to do a boundary survey. Many general contractors can set up the foundation forms using the survey. Others, will require one of the following construction tasks to take place 1) set durable markers at the corners 2) staking of property lines 3) construction staking/layout. Once the foundation forms have been placed, then the client or the contractor calls TKM Land Surveyors LP to schedule this task. During this trip to the job site, TKM Land Surveyors LP will measure the distance from the forms to the property line. If the foundation forms are placed in the correct position, then a setback certification letter will be signed and stamped.