About halfway through the backfilling process, excavator George Bothelo pushes fill along the stepped foundation that follows the steeply sloped lot.
Roe Osborn About halfway through the backfilling process, excavator George Bothelo pushes fill along the stepped foundation that follows the steeply sloped lot.

Just about every building project that involves exterior work also requires some site work, and none more so than new-home construction. Each situation is different and demands a unique approach. Recently Andrew Borgese and his design-build team from Integrata Architecture were given the challenge of creating an accessible home on a narrow, steeply sloped lot. Together with the skilled hands of George Bothelho, the excavation contractor, they prepped the site, sited the foundation, and blended the new contours of the lot into the surrounding landscape, sort of like they were solving a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle.

The site work before and immediately after pouring the foundation set the stage for what will become a home for clients with future accessibility issues. The slide show takes us from a tiny ramshackle cottage on an overgrown lot to a roughed-in site that's ready for the framers.

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