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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayita View Post
    Attachment 4188Attachment 4189Attachment 4190 Found the fire pit under 3 ft of snow, Flag in honor of Marks dad and our 4 season pop up camper.
    you guys are hard core!

    I wanted to live on my land while building, but we're within city limits, and they won't let us. I'm not sure how strict they would be, but folks across and down the street were living in their trailer/RV after their house got condemned and were trying to rebuild, and the city came and made them move out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudflap View Post
    you guys are hard core!

    I wanted to live on my land while building, but we're within city limits, and they won't let us. I'm not sure how strict they would be, but folks across and down the street were living in their trailer/RV after their house got condemned and were trying to rebuild, and the city came and made them move out.
    You have been building your cabin since 2017? How long total do you believe it will be before you can move in from first purchasing the land?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZDefender View Post
    You have been building your cabin since 2017? How long total do you believe it will be before you can move in from first purchasing the land?
    I've been telling folks "at least another year".

    I have a lot going against me:
    1. doing it myself
    2. in my free time after working my full-time job
    3. building a 40x40 2-story home (I think if I was building a 25x25 with a half loft, I would be currently playing my ukulele on the front porch barefoot). 40x40 isn't just a few feet bigger, it's much more of a hassle - logs are heavier, more materials, more time, more expense. Of course, they warned us about this in class but did I listen? no. I did not. too bullheaded. ok, 'adventurous'.
    4. I'm also my own car mechanic. and for my kids apparently. replacing/rebuilding engines seems to be something I do a lot of.
    5. no telehandler. I'll let LHN chime in, but ropes and pulleys gets you a special badge here on the forum. only a few of us have reached that pinnacle of insanity.
    6. weather. rain, rain, rain. It's the south, after all, but still - more than normal.
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    Unlike mudflap, I had a telehandler, tons of money, a supportive family, land that was debt free, and a manly animal magnetism that mesmerized the ladies. Our build took 10 years.


    Did I mention that I am lazy and there seemed to be no real hurry at the time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by loghousenut View Post
    Unlike mudflap, I had a telehandler, tons of money, a supportive family, land that was debt free, and a manly animal magnetism that mesmerized the ladies. Our build took 10 years.


    Did I mention that I am lazy and there seemed to be no real hurry at the time.


    If anyone out there is wondering how long it takes to build the home of your dreams, the answer is YES! And it is worth every minute if you do it right.
    lol. well at least we have the "animal" part in common.

    I think 5 years for a 3200 sq ft home is a good goal.

    If you don't have to cut trees and invent roads and ways to move them, then 3-4 years is a good goal.

    If you hire ronnie rckclmbr, then 10 days for him to get it dried in, and then 2 years for you to finish it.

    cheap, fast, or good......pick two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudflap View Post
    you guys are hard core!

    I wanted to live on my land while building, but we're within city limits, and they won't let us. I'm not sure how strict they would be, but folks across and down the street were living in their trailer/RV after their house got condemned and were trying to rebuild, and the city came and made them move out.
    This is the first May that we have been at the property and what an eye opener it has been. A more than average wet spring has made everything super spongy and basically water logged. We had a less than average winter with about half the amount of snow we should have had, with that we still had the creek right up to the tops of the banks.
    We made the hard decision to relocate the cabin site to an area that is about 30.ft above the creek. There are so many more things that we need to do to prepare the site, clear the area(s) for the cabin, a new road, log decks, sawmill and lumber from that and more new road. We both feel that we will be chewing on that bite of more than we could chew for quite some time but we are having SO MUCH FUN!!! What we thought of starting this year has been moved to next year and another 6 month summer in the pop up trailer.
    Found a pretty little view from the East looking NW at the ranch.

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    sounds like work. wow. in one of the building off grid books I have, they say to live on the land for at least a year before building on it so you can get a feel for the weather and how things flow in different seasons. I think cutting trees every night after work for a year+ was my qualifier.

    so...do you drive into town for internet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudflap View Post
    you guys are hard core!

    I wanted to live on my land while building, but we're within city limits, and they won't let us. I'm not sure how strict they would be, but folks across and down the street were living in their trailer/RV after their house got condemned and were trying to rebuild, and the city came and made them move out.
    On the bright side, at least one can still take a poop on the sidewalk in San Diego.

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    It is a pretty 24 mile drive if we go to town or a 14 mile drive if we go to the boat launch and when they open up the Forest Service gates then we only have about a 4 mile. These are all round trip totals. Yes we are learning to be patient when it comes to figuring out the details and what with where we want to build and put things. It will happen hopefully sooner than later. Our hope is to have cleared and readied the area for the cabin and the space for the log decks. We always leave the offer to anyone who wants to come up that when the gate is open the coffee is on.. It really is such a pretty place, the Mom in Law says that the air is softer and the blue is bluer and what would ya know shes right.

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