The lot is 2 acres in Chester County PA. It’s a “flag lot” (so named because of its shape), and it has it’s challenges. Most notably, it has an area of “steep slopes” (the gray area on the plan below) that traverse through the center of the property. Steep slopes (defined as areas of more than 1,000 square feet where the slope of the land is equal to or greater than 20%) are basically untouchable, and in this case result in a very small building envelope. On the positive side (not that steep slopes are all bad), the lot provides great southern exposure (particularly important for a passive house), with deciduous trees lining the southern border, and the house sits on high terrain, which offers a great “long view” in the winter months. There are several other things on the drawing that may be of interest to someone contemplating the purchase of a country lot; the silt/construction fencing, the storm water management system, the area of disturbance, well and septic placement, and electric availability. I’ll discuss all of them in future posts.