Obtaining the Proper Plans, Permits, and Approvals

Civil Engineering

Knowing what type of Plans, Permits, and Approvals will be needed for your construction project can be a confusing process. Whether you are working in Washington, DC or Northern Virginia, DeMarr Engineering is here to help you navigate through the process. We recommend you contact us as soon as you decide to develop your property. […]

Best Practices in Design-Build Residential Home Construction

design-build construction

When in the planning phase for a new home, it’s important to think about the constructability of the design plans. How will these plans affect construction access? Will this design require a more expensive construction method? Is there a risk of a delay in the final occupancy permit approval because construction didn’t conform to the […]

Erosion Control on Construction Sites

erosion control fence

Before any construction can begin on any project disturbing over 2,500 Square Feet in Northern Virginia and 50 Square Feet in Washington, DC there must be approved Erosion & Sediment Control Plans and an active grading permit. Pre-Construction Meeting Once plans and permits are approved, there will be a pre-construction meeting scheduled with the Site […]

Do I Need a Boundary Survey?

boundary survey

A Boundary Survey is a Land Survey that determines the legal property line limits and corners of a parcel of land. When you purchase a property or currently own a property, you will have legal deed paperwork stating the ownership of the parcel and this paperwork may also have a description of the property boundaries. […]

Why Do I Need A Topographic Survey?

topographic survey

Once you decide to build on a property you own, we have to prepare Civil Engineering Site Plan drawings for the proposed improvements (house, driveway, garage, etc). Before we can begin on the site design for your property we have to collect topographic and existing conditions data as the basis for design.  What is a […]

Is Your Lot Buildable? – The Importance of Feasibility Studies

construction project

When purchasing a parcel of land or deciding to build on a lot you already own, you may have questions about setbacks, buildable areas, floodplain concerns, etc. The purpose of our Feasibility Study Reports is to answer these questions before you purchase a property or start on a new project. Our Feasibility Studies can be […]

4 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Construction Project

Single-Family Home Additions

Before you start a construction project on your property, you will first need to determine what plans and permits are required so that your project will be in compliance with state and local laws. Knowing what you want to build on your property will help us determine the types of plans and permits that will […]

What are the First Steps in the Land Development Process?

land development

It all starts with accurate data to design and build upon. What are the first steps in developing a property to build a new home? You will first need to hire a Civil Engineering Firm to prepare a Land Survey. This Land Survey documents your Existing Land Conditions on a drawing as a basis for […]

Do I need a Soils Report in Fairfax County?

Land Development

When preparing a new site plan in Fairfax County for a new home build or pool project, there are certain factors that will require a soils report as part of the site plan submission. As your Civil Engineering consultant to prepare Site Plans for your project, we will check the County Soils Maps to determine […]

Civil Engineers On-Site in NW DC

dc civil engineer

When developing property or renovating a building in Washington, DC, you will most likely need some type of Site Plan for your project. Whether it is a DC Water Plan to upgrade your water and sewer connections or a Site Plan for a building addition, you will need a DC Civil Engineer to prepare those […]