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Very nice country! The artist view of cabin looks good too, but one question why 18x28?
OK I'm going to say some things that I shouldn't so for those who aren't very libertarian in nature avert your eyes!STOP! Take your hands off the phone! Put the keyboard away and carefully close the county builders website.......In my area if you bring the inspectors you will likely bring the wrath of thy neighbors with him. Actually, I was told that no inspector is even willing to go and apparently if you pay the bucks to get the permit they will do 'paper' inspections and basically take your money and ignore you.No cabin within 2 miles of me has been permitted but they are all assessed every 4 years and the assessor notes the changes/adds etc and increases taxes appropriately.NOW, I'm NOT saying DON'T permit....I'm just saying get to know your neighbors before you start. So ya, that's that.Now, welcome to the neighborhood Oh wait, here's more -- putting in septic for a cabin that will be used for vacation is often a no-no since the septic will go sour and the field will plug up and you'll be fixing it 3 years later. Or so says my bro who used to do that kind of work.However, if you drill a well and wish to use a privy and permit then the county will make you put in septic or destroy the well (yes).The county has a 60 day occupancy permit process but I don't like the idea of restricting myself like that. So the other option is to permit residential which means you have to put in septic which will sour and plug as mentioned above.In my case I've got a well, will compost (shh don't tell) and use privy and build what I want since my neighbors won't let an inspector within 2 miles of my place *snicker*Oh and if you want to install a grey water system the state claims you can do this with a half sized septic (silly) but the county says sure thing but um, we want you to go to a full sized septic for your grey water system (sillier).All in all, I've given up on their stupidity and done my own thing -- after all, I'm not building a cabin I'm building a 336 square foot play house for my kids that happens to have a wood stove and bathroom but meets the under 400 square foot non main residence of some code or another...or it's a deck,....or a shop....something like that
Oops, it just occurred to me that I didn't give at least a hint of where the place was! It's south of Conconully, and east of Loup Loup pass... Nice area, but really a bit dry in the summer.Oh, yea, and like oljarhead mentioned in his thread - I'm in open range, too, so have cow-pies everywhere... I put up some field fencing 2 years ago to surround the first building site and it seems to be working. No new cowpies in that area, so it should be less likely to step on one while building
Well, later in the year (mid-summer) we should get all us Okanogan guys together someplace for pizza and beer and swap stories, etc...
Hey I have to take a ferry aswell huge pain. I love your layout but it wouldnt be as good for me an my brother more for a guy and his girl.
I was told very mixed reviews on the county when I considered building. I thought about going without a permit, but my place is visible from a main road (Summit lake)) and getting caught can lead to its own fun. So I did go ahead with a 60-day permit. When I bought the property, the first thing I did was get a privy permit, and that was smooth sailing. I do not have a well, and am not going to discuss the plans that do not exist for my water recovery system. What I did find out is that the county is not really worried about what is or is not in a 60-day cabin, just that it meets min. code. And the county has been really easy to work with. Basically, when I asked an almost direct question about what they wanted to see, I was told that if it is not on the submitted plans, they don't want to know. Since that includes insulation, wiring, drywall, plumbing (no plumbing per no septic...), a complete shell is what they will see.Oljarhead brought up that the inspectors will not leave paved road. This is not true, or at least not in my case. They will come in to my place, and it's a few miles off the pavement. That is not to say that it is a bad gravel road... it is year-round access. And honestly, most of my neighbors don't care if I build, but the choice character who lives behind my place would only need an excuse.... As easy as the county is to deal with, and the fact that us coasties tend to build beyond what they want to see anyway, if you choose to permit, it's easy and they will bend over backwards to help. And the costs are not what they are in King and Snohomish counties, either.Just thought I would weigh in, and yes, I will start a tread on my build soon!
One Warning: A 60 day permit is a contract that you sign that says you WILL NOT live in the cabin more then 60 days in a year.If you wish to change it to standard residential there may be complications.Be aware of that.
Quote from: OlJarhead on April 06, 2010, 08:27:21 AMOne Warning: A 60 day permit is a contract that you sign that says you WILL NOT live in the cabin more then 60 days in a year.If you wish to change it to standard residential there may be complications.Be aware of that.Just how would a county official know that you were sleeping in your remote cabin more than 60 nights per year?And if they did find out what would/could they do about it?
Quote from: SkagitDrifter on April 06, 2010, 10:01:08 AMQuote from: OlJarhead on April 06, 2010, 08:27:21 AMOne Warning: A 60 day permit is a contract that you sign that says you WILL NOT live in the cabin more then 60 days in a year.If you wish to change it to standard residential there may be complications.Be aware of that.Just how would a county official know that you were sleeping in your remote cabin more than 60 nights per year?And if they did find out what would/could they do about it?I guess if you wanted a Mailbox and an address that would be easy.