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03/26/18 at 22:38:50
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My wife and I bought a few acres up in the mountains of OK a couple months ago and a few weeks ago we had a cabin shell built and delivered.  Will be working over the summer getting the solar stuff set up and finishing the inside of the cabin.  I suppose we will probably eventually get a well drilled but probably not until next year.
  

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Reply #1 - 03/27/18 at 00:45:22
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Is that to live in or like a vacation spot?  I wonder what it costs to have water hauled in.
  

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Just somewhere to hide from everything right now but in the future, who knows...

I haven't checked into water hauling yet.  I have a 35 gallon poly water tank I am going to use for non-potable water (showers, dishes, etc) but potable will probably be courtesy of Ozarka for the immediate future.  I'm going to try to get a realistic cost of digging a well but from what I've been told it is $9 - $10 per foot and the wells average around 140'. 

The only bad thing about the location is the Forest Service road is a bit rough for me to traverse with an R100 RT or R1150 RT...  Sad
  

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Reply #3 - 03/27/18 at 12:36:23
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I see you have your priorities straight Justin. (the garage)  Cool

How big is the cabin and who is the manufacturer?
  

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It's 12' x 24' and it came from OK Structures.  We're heading up this weekend to finish insulating it and hopefully start putting up the interior walls.
  

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Congratulations, Justin!
  
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Thanks, Rob.  Just got back last night from another 4 days of working on property.  Hopefully I will be able to enjoy it this summer, if it doesn't kill me first!
  

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I lived in " tornado alley " for over 3 decades and structures like this were often referred to as "tornado magnets " !!!! Shocked
  

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Reply #8 - 04/08/18 at 21:18:34
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Oh well, if my number comes up so be it...
  

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Justin B. wrote on 04/08/18 at 21:18:34:
Oh well, if my number comes up so be it...


A similar philosophy to the one we have here in Cairns. When we built the place the requirement was to build to withstand a Cat4 cyclone, we built to survive greater than Cat5 and as a "worst case" fallback the  downstairs laundry walls have additional reinforcing so that it shoud survive even if the house is destroyed around it.

But, it's a pole home, nearly all of the 50 odd poles on which it stands are bolted to concrete bond beams 4 metres below ground level. The major roof bearing breams are thru-bolted to the floor joists, which in turn are bolted to the poles.

As I explained to the insurance assessor who visited in response to my objection to the absurd premium they thought we should pay - if Cairns has a storm hit that is severe enough to blow this place away, you do not have an insurance problem - the State and Federal  Governments have a refugee problem.

That insurance company declined to behave reasonably, but the next one did and got the business - we pay about $2,500 per year and not the $8,000 the first insurer wanted.
  

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So did you buy that assembled and then it was trucked in whole to your spot, Justin?
  

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I will eventually pour concrete footings around the perimeter of the building then concrete blocks up to the building.  I'll have re-bar connecting the blocks (filled with concrete) to the footings and the building attached to all of this.
  

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BPT wrote on 04/09/18 at 10:26:28:
So did you buy that assembled and then it was trucked in whole to your spot, Justin?


Yes, see above pics...
  

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Reply #13 - 04/11/18 at 17:11:57
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Sorry Justin, I know that sounded like a stupid question.
I wasn't sure if you'd done it, or had the company do everything, but now I get the whole picture.

Looks like they build it, deliver it whole, and place it for you.  Now I get it......
  

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Reply #14 - 04/12/18 at 21:18:22
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Oh, Yeah, I understand now.  They construct the "shell" and deliver/set up.  We finish out the interior and whatever.  Will be going back up in about 1 week to set up 4 100 watt solar panels, two more 100 AH batteries, and build skirting around the bottom so critters don't crawl under there and die.  I was going to do the skirting later but it is a requirement for insurance purposes.

Also had an 8x10 storage building delivered that doubles as the crapper, or "privie" as wife.gov prefers it to be called.
  

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