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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-04-2007, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Gosh darn it!

Wells are friggen expensive.

*sigh*

Sorry, that was a non-sequitor.

Basically I am sketching out some plans for a cabin that I would like to build down the road some day (probably 5 and more likely 10-15 years down the road). Most of the stuff isn't to expensive for a 480sq-ft cabin (20x24). It would actually be a 2 bed (8x9 each) cabin with a small bathroom with a shower. Basically the setup would use a wood cook stove for heat and the hot water would be an either or of solar hot water heating and using the cook stove for hot water (the stove I am staring at has an optional hot water heating element that can be added). Cooling would be strictly cieling fans.

Power would be provided to the place by a 315 watt solar installation (3, 105 watt panels, inverter and 4 96 amp hour 12v batteries).

Total cost for building supplies and all the basics, not including furnishings, cabinets for the kitchen, bathroom fixtures, sink, counter tops for kitchen, plumbing, wiring, water supply and sewage runs to a little shy of $16,000.

Throw in a small septic tank and field and the total runs up to about $18,000-20,000. However, once you throw in a well, pump and holding tank you suddenly jump up to around $24,000-27,000 depending on how cheap the driller will go and how deep the well would have to be sunk. I mean damn man, that is a good 1/5-1/3 of the cost of the whole place just for a friggen well.

I am trying to see if I can piece together a rain fall system to supply water. I think I can if I can find a proper filtration system that can nix bacteria and viruses in the water. I can trench myself for a large water holding tank (can get large 550 gallon water tank cheap enough, about $265 and larger tanks aren't to bad either). So I would just need to setup a water collection system off the cabins gutters, store it in the tank, pump it into the house and filter it. I figure I might be able to do a rain fall water system for about $1500-2000 depending on filtration (if I can ever find something that will work). In Western Maryland rain fall is about 40 inches a year, or maybe 3 inches a month on average in the winter time or so, which runs to 800+ gallons per month in the summer.

I figure a cabin for 4 people for a week might use 700 gallons of water if people are being a bit frugal with it and if they are being really frugal could probably cut that down to more like 300-400 gallons a week. Giving plenty of water for a week stay for 4.

Anyway, sorry, I just felt like typing stuff. If I ever build this sucker the odds are good I'll just end up having a well dug as it is the most reliable water source.
-Matt
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Oh, I forgot to mention, prices would be if I did everything myself (other then septic and water well), which wouldn't be to hard to manage.
-Matt

PS I am ball parking overage for the stuff the place would need like cabinets, plumbing and wiring at about another $4000-6000 depending on how high end some of the stuff is.
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Re: Gosh darn it!

I'd build it, then quit my job and move in to the woods with lots of guns.




J/K!

Sounds fun!


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[quote author=mazdamn02 link=topic=90869.msg1759459#msg1759459 date=1191537438]
I'd build it, then quit my job and move in to the woods with lots of guns.




J/K!

Sounds fun!
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Aherm, well.................

Actually that isn't the point. I want to build it as a mountain vacation home. Just a place to kick back away the city and the crowds, maybe near some nice hiking spots, for a couple of weeks a year and maybe a few weekends in there. I would also probably give it a shot renting it out occasionally or letting friends use it.

Of course the being said I do want it completely off the grid both electrical and sewer/water. Partly to feel 'greener' and also partly because...you know what, I doubt that the world will ever end or the country will fall apart...but that doesn't mean I won't sleep a little better knowing that 60-90 minutes away is my own cabin that would have everything I would need (shelter, heat, electricity, sanitation, running water).

I likely would stock it with a month or two of canned and dried food as a just in case. Not because I really expect anything to happen, but if you stock it with the right foods that crap needs replacing maybe once every 3-5 years and its like $200 in food and that sounds like cheap insurance (the cabin not so much, but it would be for recreation, not as a survivalist thing...that would be purely secondary).
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Oh yeah, I am also changing the blue prints around a little to make it easier to accomodate an addition if my wife and I ever decide to expand it into more of a mountain home instead of a cabin. Doubt it would happen ever, but why not set it up so that it is possible.
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Sounds like a great place to go and relax, azazel1024. If you're creating plans, care to post them for feedback?


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