Some help

Started by AndyL, October 02, 2006, 02:48:01 PM

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Hello everyone,

My name is andy, and I would like to build a cabin.   Well more like a cottage.  We purchased an acre of land, and we found out that we need to build at least a 755sq/ft "dwelling"/cottage.  We are very new at this.  So our plan now is to make a clear the land of trees and make a building site, and driveway.  Then we will install a septic tank and a well.  I think we can make it up to this point ok, now comes the building.
We are on a small budget and I don't have much building experience.  I can read blueprints, electrical and pneumatic drawings, use precise levels and gauges, but I never even built a shed.  I think so far the best thing for us is a prefab home/cottage kit.  We were looking at some for like 30k that were a 988sq/ft. Has anyone every put one of these together?  I would do this with a couple of firends. I'm not sure how to make a foundation, that seems like the hardest part.  Other then permits, foundation and the kit are there any other cost we sould expect?
What kind of foundation do you need?


Be sure to check out your separation distances between the well and the septic system.  If getting permits they will require the separation - if not for your own protection still do it right.

I think you will find that you will pay a premium price for a kit compared to getting a set of simple plans such as the ones John sells and you will likely have as many problems or more.  I'd suggest building a storage shed first to learn how to use your tools if possible.

I like to remove only the trees that are necessary as the rest are great for landscape, shade and privacy.  It takes a long time to get them back -- only a few minutes to cuut them down.

John's plans come with instructions for foundations -some have options for several types - even simple treated post and pier foundations.