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  • in reply to: Finally purchased my land…..now what. #68424
    metroidhntr
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    I am considering buying a container, but I will probably have to have a slab foundation. most of the companies that ship the containers can’t unload a 40 footer with a forklift so pier based foundation might be out of the question.  I have to contact the local laws about using one as a housing unit though and see if I can find any loopholes.  I thought about burring one, but they don’t really recommend it since the containers can have them stacked high the walls are actually extremely weak in that instance and could cause a collapse. Then there is also corrosion you have to worry about.  I don’t think I will need to worry about  cooling though considering where I am at.  It rarely goes above 90 degrees during the day and at night will always plummet back to around 60 degrees.

    in reply to: Rabbit farm #68393
    metroidhntr
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    Yeah it seems simple enough.  There is a family right off the main road to get to my property that grows alfalfa.  I think he raises cattle too.  So I might be able to bargain with him for a 1 or 2 bale’s of hay which would would last rabbits quite a long time.

    in reply to: Finally purchased my land…..now what. #68394
    metroidhntr
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    So I talked to the building inspector for the county and it seems like this is going to be a really expensive project for me.  For one I have to have a minimum of 600 Sq Ft to build for a house that is drawn up by a colorado engineer.  I can’t find anything in the laws about foundation but I’m already starting to get the feeling that I will have to have a slab foundation instead of a pier based foundation which is going to cost me a lot of money.  On top of permits and still having to make sure I have a water source that can support 3 people, plants and any small livestock I have and getting solar panels to provide enough electricity to run everything  is going to run me dry.  I understand making the structure safe and sound but this is ridiculous.  Why does the government get to dictate what I need to have.  Any ideas so I can get around this bull crap but still live on my land legally.  I would like to build everything myself, or as much as I can by myself.  The land is in Huerfano county, CO

    in reply to: Rabbit farm #68386
    metroidhntr
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    Thanks. Lots of helpful information.  Seems like will be the easiest  and least expensive source of good lean meat.

    in reply to: How to turn "wanting" into "doing"? #68367
    metroidhntr
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    jengr I understand how you feel.  I have a lot of ideas on what I want to do for going off grid.  Just funds are limited and I don’t want to live off grid with out a basic necessities being stable.  I have already purchased my land but I have 5 years to pay it off, so I figure that that gives me quite a bit of time to save up as much as I can and to build up little by little.  A lot of things I have learned since starting this idea is there is so many road blocks that can get in the way. Such as permits and inspections which wastes so much money even when you want to live so simple, but makes me think of things to cut costs in other areas.   For one ways of cutting down electricity while still keeping a decent standard of living, because Solar panels and batteries are EXPENSIVE!  So I have invested a lot of time into researching other ideas like rocket stoves, Stone ovens, root cellars, and ideas for growing veggies year round.  My plan is to be off grid by 30.  So that should give me more then enough time to save up and start building small things on my land before I make it permanent

    in reply to: Finally purchased my land…..now what. #68292
    metroidhntr
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    all right cool.  Looks like I will have to pick up a few of those books.  Doesn’t seem like it should be too hard to build that type of structure.

    in reply to: Finally purchased my land…..now what. #68290
    metroidhntr
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    I’m not exactly experienced in the drilling department and i would rather just pay to have it done since my land is on the side of a mountain and I don’t know how bad the rains get and I don’t want to have the well contaminated.

    Now i didn’t know that the concrete could actually cause the wood to rot.  So I will change my plans up on that scale.  How strong is that method of building?

    in reply to: Finally purchased my land…..now what. #68287
    metroidhntr
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    Never thought about that.  I will have to look into that more.  Hopefully by next year I can have enough money saved up to have a well drilled out on site.  That is one of my main priorities at the moment, just because it makes the land more usable through out the time until I am ready to move out completely.  I do want to build a small little makeshift shack/shed so I have somewhere to sleep while I am out on the land and I have somewhere to store my tools instead of transporting them back to vegas.  My idea is to dig a couple of holes for studd placement and fill it with concrete then. build a floor structure above ground and go from there.  I am going to use treated wood to avoid termite damge.  It seems like a good start for the next year or two

    in reply to: Finally purchased my land…..now what. #68284
    metroidhntr
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    I purchased 36.9 acres in southern colorado on the west side of walsenburg. It’s right next to a mountain. There isn’t a great deal of rain per year about 20 -30 inches but it snows about the same amount which I can shovel and melt down into storage containers during the winter time.  The reason I named myself such a high prices is because of the few things that are expensive and plus I am pretty much starting from the ground up. I need a foundation 10 x 40 to place a shipping container on, a well to be drilled, plus i need lots of tools.  I would like to start living out there now but unfortunately the nearest town is 30 minutes away which would make for a long trip and lots of gas and that’s if I can even find any work out in that town. I’m great with computers but my skill set probably isn’t really needed too much in a small town, but I will see later on.   I’m currently 25 so my goal is to save up that amount of money in 5-6 years.  I currently live in vegas and live as cheaply as possible to save up as much money as I can.

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