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Choosing and preparing the site for your building is an important and exciting stage. You need to work with the land, using its inherent qualities to your advantage.

Choosing the site where your home will be is extremely important, as you will have to live with your decision as long as you stay in that house. There are several factors that you should bear in mind, so that you make the best choice possible.

Once you have decided where and what to build, you will have to prepare the site, and yourself, for the building to come. More of this is forethought than physical labor, although there will certainly be some of that too.

No matter where you live, there are times when it will rain hard. You do not want the flow that a downpour can cause to harm your building, so put some thought into it before the rains come.

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