Tuesday, May 29, 2018

an Acre of land for 2900 Dollars?

I friend of mine recently told me about buying an acre of land for 2900 dollars. However, for this price you don't get a well. You don't get a septic tank and you don't get electricity unless it is solar, wind or gas or diesel generator. (And even then you are going to have to pay for all this extra yourselves. However, many people I know now live completely off the grid with solar arrays and when it is cloudy, generators so this isn't unusual these days either. The problem for most people is: "Can you deal with being this remote away from civilization and is it useful to you?

For some the answer might be: "Yes. I want this for a weekend getaway to the country where I always have somewhere to go out of the big city." And this can be practical but one has to be aware if one doesn't have someone watching this property for vandals. So, it is always a good idea these days to have someone "taking care of your property and cabin like a "House sitter" who might be retired, a friend a relative who doesn't have to work or who can work off the grid so to speak on whatever they are doing like writing a book or a thesis for college or something like that.

Others want to move there right now or yesterday by taking a trailer or motor home and digging a well and septic tank (check local laws about this where you want to build or put wells and septic tanks). Usually you want your septic tank on the lower elevation of your property near the edge of the property there so the leach lines can drain in that direction away from your well.

After living through the very experimental 1970s I and my friends found all about what a "RED TAG" means. In other words if you don't build your house in the U.S. (especially in California) to code, they can make you tear the whole thing down sometimes. And this isn't fun. For example, a friend of mind built a starting 16 by 16 foot cabin with a loft but he used 4 by 12 Cedar beams to hold the loft together. However, they are not code as you would need either Douglas Fir or possibly Redwood but I think now Douglas fir is the only allowable structural wood allowed in California now.

So, Cedar is for posts outside maybe for a fence but never allowed as a part of the structural part of your home but only as siding or roofing maybe and that's all.

My friend didn't have to tear down his whole house but he did have to replace all the 4 by 12 cedar beams with Douglas Fir beams instead which would then be safe to walk upon in his loft. Those Douglas fir beams are still there since 1976 now and the house is much much larger and he has built 2 large other structures and one smaller one now on his land of 2 1/2 acres with a view of Mt. Shasta year around. And all his buildings including his home are passed according to local codes and building inspectors of the county.

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