I'm trying to layout the desired locations of buildings and fences on a new rural lot that's about 15 acres and heavily wooded. The plan is to have a section of woods cleared for the build sites (two houses with yards) and some room for gardening, but leave the rest of the lot wooded. We also need to plot out driveways. Given the lack of visibility, it's proving quite a challenge to figure out where a potential build site falls in relation to the rest of the lot. Much of it starts to look the same and you start to loose perspective out in the woods.
The goal is to figure out where everything will go, so I can direct the land clearing contractor to remove trees only in the locations necessary. (They charge by the day, rounded up to whole days, so getting it organized enough to do it all in one day will save a significant amount of money).
Assuming we don't want to buy the expensive equipment used by surveyors, what's a good process for planning out a lot when you have a lot of acreage and low visibility?
I was thinking it might be possible to do something that combines GPS coordinates from a cell phone or Garmin with a CAD drawing of the survey, but this seems like a lot of back and forth between the lot and my computer.
Before I reinvent the wheel, I thought I would see if anyone else has figured out a good process for laying out a site plan in a densely wooded area?