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10Jul

DES Permitting is just a part of “Lakeshore Living”in New Hampshire

For so many people, life spent at the lake is life at it’s best! Lakeshore Living is a lifestyle in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Boating, water skiing, bonfires, swimming...ahhhh, but it may not be so easy finding the perfect lakeshore property for you and your family.

Perhaps you desire an area of sandy beach, or maybe you need a comfortable way to access your dock. These are just some of the basic things you may need if you are to have your Lakeshore Living dreams come true.

In the photo, you can see this lakeshore property now has a dock, some safe granite steps to access the dock and some beautiful stone retaining walls creating a “perched beach”.

Your perfect lakeshore home dream may look a little different. Here are a few things to consider:

Do you have an active family that loves waterskiing and beach volleyball?

Do you live by yourself and are looking for a quiet retirement escape?

Do you want to have a place to host groups of friends for brick oven pizzas and cold drinks under a pergola overlooking the lake?

Whatever you can dream, we can create. Here’s the catch. It has to be within the limits of what DES (NH Dept of Environmental Services) will allow. Yup...there’s always a catch! But it’s all in the name of taking good care of the environment, so it’s common sense anyway, but the DES has jurisdiction over lakeshore properties, so it’s a reality. Lakeshore property owners must obtain DES permits for most landscaping jobs along the lakes.

They will have say over things such as removal of trees, how many s.f. of impervious surfaces you can have on your property and so forth. We can help you navigate through all of this to achieve your Lakeshore Living dreams come to life.

For instance, the folks who owned the property in this photo wanted easy access to the dock and they wanted a beach. The DES required that the beach be a “perched beach”. PERCHED BEACH you ask??!!! Yes, a perched beach is a beach which is perched above the level of the lake. This is done with a terraced wall system. A base wall keeps the sand in the mid terrace level and the rear wall is the back of the sand area. This helps to keep sand from eroding into the lake and damaging the water quality.

So, just so you know, navigating your way through DES permitting when you want to do landscaping on your lake property is just a part of Lakeshore Living in New Hampshire.

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