Fabricating & welding the brackets for the floor joists
This week I am showing you the process of fabricating & welding the brackets for our foundation. These brackets will hold the floor joists to the metal beams that we have welded to the concrete and metal piers. On the plans they call for these brackets to be 32″ on center. Then they explained to us that the floor joists are to be tied together using blocking, but Mike & I felt like we’d prefer the floor to be sturdier. As a result, we’re welding the brackets every 16″ on center to ensure a nice, solid structure.
How much does building an arched cabin cost?
Today’s Costs for fabricating & welding: 2″ Angle Iron x 3/16″ thick – 32′ $56.07 Labor (cutting steel to fit in the bed of the truck) $6
Total for materials this week: $62.07
20 X 32 Arched Cabin House Kit: $13,032.50. (paid in 2017 and includes the delivery cost) Architect to finish plans for permits & help navigate some building department stuff. $1570 Initial Soil Testing $1550 Open Hole Inspection $325 Driveway Permit $50 Pre-Site Inspection $40 Permits $1797 Excavation $14,062.70 (we ran into the septic line at one point, plus there’s also an easement being installed between our place and Mike’s Mom’s place) Power Drop $3026 Concrete $1020.40 Shipping Container $3344.25 – Will become a workshop after the build Tile & Sink for downstairs bathroom $563.10 Meter Box Install – $448.20 Septic Line to the house $164.48 or $3.46/foot. Water line from the control pit to the house $321.15 or about $7.14/linear foot Power line from the pole to the house $596.54 or about $4.77/linear foot Beams & Supports tied together (Welding & Materials) – $275.60
Total Cost (excluding land) $42,248.99 (including this week’s metal working supplies)
Products used during this week’s adventure of fabricating & welding
This week we’re welding the beams to the foundation in our video along with the supports. We are one step closer to putting the kit together, and just a few steps away from that monumental day! The beams were provided as part of our steel house kit from Arched Cabins. The supports were made from 2″ square tube, which we purchased from a local steel supplier. I’ll get into those costs a little later in this post.
What’s next after welding the beams to the foundation?
Next up, I will be showing the process as I fabricated the brackets which will attach our floor joists to the beams. I will also be showing you the rest of the cleanup process for the arched cabin kit. You’ll also get to watch me weld! I struggled to figure some things out, but in the end I learn quite a bit about welding in general. Nothing helps you improve quite like repeating the same process for 2 full days!
20 X 32 Arched Cabin House Kit: $13,032.50. (paid in 2017 and includes the delivery cost) Architect to finish plans for permits & help navigate some building department stuff. $1570 Initial Soil Testing $1550 Open Hole Inspection $325 Driveway Permit $50 Pre-Site Inspection $40 Permits $1797 Excavation $14,062.70 (we ran into the septic line at one point, plus there’s also an easement being installed between our place and Mike’s Mom’s place) Power Drop $3026 Concrete $1020.40 Shipping Container $3344.25 – Will become a workshop after the build Tile & Sink for downstairs bathroom $563.10 Meter Box Install – $448.20 Septic Line to the house $164.48 or $3.46/foot. Water line from the control pit to the house $321.15 or about $7.14/linear foot Power line from the pole to the house $596.54 or about $4.77/linear foot
Total Cost (excluding land) $42,186.92 (including this week’s metal working supplies)
We are finally building this house! Mike is welding the beams for the arched cabin foundation in this video. He used a Hobart Handler 210MVP with flux core wire, and burned everything in nice and hot. We are getting ready to weld on some brackets that I made while he was welding up the beam supports and some plates over the joints. I’m so excited to be getting started on the house!
Our Arched Cabin water line is all set up and ready for the next step
Our arched cabin water line was supposed to be an easy hook up, but we think it’s going to be a challenge in the end. The previous owner had done some of the groundwork. So we anticipated a really easy hookup. However, there’s a lot of things he hadn’t completed. The stuff that we did find didn’t make a whole lot of sense. I think it’s going to take us some time to figure out what exactly he did.
What did we use for our water line?
I think pretty much every single seeking tool in the arsenal was used for this. We even dragged out the metal detector! In the end, Mike and I put the backhoe to work as well as good old fashioned shoveling. We used a hammer drill to bore through the concrete riser and place our conduit. The backhoe has been good for what I’m calling, “exploratory surgery.” We’re able to dig test holes fairly quickly and put them back together in more or less the same condition it was in when we found it. I’m pretty sure that the previous owner would have some things to say about his previously billiard table flat build site.
The Cost for the arched cabin water line as well as the project
Costs for the water line are as follows: 100 feet of 3/4″ Pex $21.50 2 inch Schedule 40 PVC conduit 10′ each x 20 – $130.80 or $6.54 each 2 inch Schedule 40 PVC elbow 90° x 2 $5.72 or $2.86 each Coupler PVC $.99 PVD 45° bend $3.79 2 1/2″ PVC Cutter $22.48 Electrical Cable 250 feet are $138.73 Total cost of water line from control pit to house $321.15 or about $7.14/linear foot
20 X 32 Arched Cabin House Kit: $13,032.50. (paid in 2017 and includes the delivery cost) Architect to finish plans for permits & help navigate some building department stuff. $1570 Initial Soil Testing $1550 Open Hole Inspection $325 Driveway Permit $50 Pre-Site Inspection $40 Permits $1797 Excavation $14,062.70 (we ran into the septic line at one point, plus there’s also an easement being installed between our place and Mike’s Mom’s place) Power Drop $3026 Concrete $1020.40 Shipping Container $3344.25 – Will become a workshop after the build Tile & Sink for downstairs bathroom $563.10 Meter Box Install – $448.20 Septic Line to the house $164.48 or $3.46/foot.
Total Cost (excluding land) $41, 314.78 (including today’s water line)
We are getting so close to putting this house up guys! I’m seriously losing my mind at how close we are. We needed to get the power install going because using a generator gets old really fast. The power drop was installed almost 2 years ago, and we’ve payed our dues on the build site. That being said, it was the logical next step in the process to make the rest of the build go more smoothly.
Where to start? Your power company is going to be the ones who set the guidelines for how the meter goes on your power pole. You can either hire an electrician to do this or if you’re remotely handy you can do this yourself. Here’s a link to the document that we had to follow, in case you are curious. Once you’ve gone over the guidelines, it’s just time to order your supplies and get cracking!
Supplies & cost for the project
Here is a cost breakdown for the parts we purchased:
The box, ground bus, and adapter for the conduit $175.50 Weather head $18 Conduit $115.50 Power cable to go into conduit $65.50 Brackets to hold conduit to pole $4.16 20 AMP breaker $6.59 GFI receptacle $23.99 Fittings $7.98 wiring for the box $15.99 weatherproof box $14.99
Total cost $448.20
I’m going to say that we paid less than half of what it would cost to hire an electrician for the job. I feel confident in this choice because our install is being looked at by trained professionals, and I’m confident that Mike did a decent job on the project because he knows what he’s looking at. If you’re curious how much it cost us to have the power drop put in, check out this blog post I did on the power drop.
I really feel like choosing to do this ourselves is going to save us an astronomical amount of money. You can’t go wrong, but I’m sure many will tell us that we’ve lost our minds. Just because we may not know how to do something now, doesn’t mean that given the opportunity we can’t learn. Part of being a human being is that we are capable of so much more than we realize. You just have to be bold enough to get out there and fail a lot. Try things and fail miserably at them, because you’ll learn not just about the subject matter that you’re working with. You will also learn so much about who you are and what you’re truly capable of.
We were super confident about our septic setup going into this inspection. HAHA. It’s our first mistake. Okay, so it wasn’t a huge fail, just a fail light. We needed to have the clean out within 5 feet of the house. It needed to be a double sweep so it could clean in either direction. All in all, not a big deal so we just cut in the proper clean out the next day. That will be inspected along with our electrical likely next week.
What’s Next After the Septic is Done?
Next up, Mike and I are working on the electrical. We have hung the meter/breaker box combo on the pole, and we just need to cut and hang the conduit and snake head/cobra head thing at the top before we call for the inspection. After that we’ll need to trench in the conduit for the house, and run that to where that copper wire is in the pier. Our power will come into that corner of the house. After that we just need to run our water and propane lines, and we’ll be done with trenching as far as I know. The septic is done though, and that’s all that matters to me!
How much did this part of the Project Cost?
50 feet of Schedule 40 PVC pipe for the Poop Tube was $102.20. Fittings for PVC pipe $19.23 Sweep and Other Misc fittings for the Fix $31.87 PVC Cement $6.59 PVC Primer $4.59
Total Cost for the run from the Septic Line to the house $164.48 or $3.46/foot.
I took very, very rough measurements at the beginning of the process, so we’d know about how much pipe/conduit we’d need for each service line. The septic was measured at roughly 47.5 feet total. Mike purchased 50′ of schedule 40 PVC, and we salvaged some of the septic line that Mike and Bob found in the driveway while doing the excavation, and we used that salvaged pipe for the upright portion and 45˚ bends down to the line in the trench. So total cost per foot comes out to.
I hope that someone out there will get something out of my blog posts and tracking the costs associated with building your own house. We got extremely lucky on a couple of fronts on our journey, but I really feel like once anyone gets themselves onto their path, those opportunities have a way of showing up when you’re needing them the most. Truly, it’s never apparent until much later.
There isn’t a whole lot in the way of employment out where we live, so we have gotten by on a variety of part time jobs and handyman/mechanic type jobs. We make just above the poverty line, so you really don’t need a massive income to decide that you’re sick of humanity and want to go off and live in the woods. We are doing it. Yes, we’ve had to ask for help on several occasions. I’ve been able to pay back at least one parent while still maintaining this very slow momentum. My hope is that someone out there realizes that there’s no time like the present, and takes the steps to follow their own dreams.
We are up against a few obstacles, and because of those obstacles it is going to take awhile to build the house. Yes, we have absolutely had a few fortunate turn of events that helped us, but It wasn’t something we had counted on.
We don’t have any revenue at this point from YouTube or Sponsorships or anything like that. It’s just the two of us doing this with the occasional friend or family member dropping by to assist. I thank those of you who have done that. It means a great deal to me. My point is that you can do anything if you truly set your mind to the task. Even if it’s one spoonful of dirt at a time.
I am excited to share that Mike’s mom has her concrete slab for her house! In this video we watch them pour the slab.
I talk about who we are, where we came from, why we started this journey, and why things have been slow going. This video comes with a warning that it’s not an easy story, but it has shaped us as humans.
We have all been suffering from several losses, with more being piled on as time goes on. All I can say is that we just do our best to move forward. Life doesn’t stop when your heart breaks. All we can do is try our best, and that is where we are at now.
At this point, we are continuing forward. We have finished the septic line for the Arched Cabin, and that is going to be inspected by the time you’re reading this. Next we will be putting in the box for the meter and getting the conduit run for the power line, and then we’ll have that inspected. After the power line we will likely move onto the water line and possibly the frost free hydrant as well as sorting out our run for the propane.
Thank you so much for supporting us on this crazy journey, and thank you for your understanding as we continue to work through our grief. We love you all, and appreciate each and every one of you.
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At the same time as we are building our house, Mike’s mom has a stick build going up next door. Hopefully this isn’t too confusing for those of you who are following along.
Her house is being built traditionally, by an actual builder. Mike does occasionally find a place to scrub in though. Mike helped out in this week’s video by welding the beams in place after they were lifted into position by Bob the Builder and all of the guys.
Why Stick Build?
Mike’s mom has spent a great deal of time traveling around to look at various tiny homes. A great deal of research also went into the various kit build homes and simple plans for a DIY build, but she just wasn’t seeing anything that really resonated with her. She finally made the decision to go with a local builder, and they have been working on her place for the last two months.
How will you showcase each build?
We are slightly out of sync with the videos as she is a bit ahead of us. As we are getting things rolling, we are hoping to do a comparison. I thought it would be interesting to show everyone the similarities and differences between a kit house, and a traditional stick build.We won’t have exact costs for her build, but we will be sharing our own costs. I honestly don’t think there will be a substantial difference other than she is paying for the labor and expertise. We are just winging it on our end!
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We have finally begun construction on the arched cabin starting with the Arched Cabin foundation! Currently, we are still waiting for materials to run all of the service lines into the house, but just a couple of weeks ago we were setting up the foundation! We should hopefully have the shell up before the snow flies, depending on how quickly we get our building materials delivered.
Next up, we are currently working on running all of our service lines into the house. Septic has been located, and we got some of our materials in for the meter and power drop. We are just waiting on some building supplies for that step, and with everything going on in the world right now that’s a challenge. Building supplies are apparently in high demand at the moment or their sources are having trouble obtaining supplies. Either way, the supply chain is making stuff a wee bit slow going at the moment.
What are we planning?
We are planning to run water, power, septic, and propane all at once as we have to get all of those trenches inspected. We also have to get some 2″ square tube to weld to the columns. Those will be used to to secure the columns to the I beams. Those I beams are where Mike and I will be building the subfloor and erecting the Arched Cabin. We are getting going, but it’s still a lot of hurry up and wait. We can’t wait too long though, because we’re already at the end of August.
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House blessings exist in some form in every culture. For some it is simply placing a good luck charm into their home, vehicles, and/or on their person. Others perform extensive rituals to bless their space.
Let me start by saying that there is no wrong way to bless your home. I repeat. There is no wrong way to do a blessing. Just go with what feels right at the time.
These blessings are all about setting an intention and what we are focusing on while doing them. Those things that we are concentrating on are being drilled into our own subconscious during this process. It is my belief that I’m setting myself onto this path by this method as I’lll subconsciously continue to take steps to meet those intentions.
What makes this an Extreme House Blessing?
I’ve dubbed it the extreme house blessing. Why? Because we are embedding the blessing kit into the very foundation of our home, and creating a permanent grid in the house made up of focal objects to help manifest the intention that we’re setting. It sounds a little hokey, but it can’t hurt. So, what do you need for an extreme house blessing? A sigil, some stones, trinkets, & candles. If you’d like to place a sigil in the center of your home like I did, you can watchthis video on how I created an intention for anyone who will ever live in the home.
Your candles are going to be placed in the 4 corners of the home, as well as the heart of the home next to your sigil/intention if you’re using one. At this point, you will light your candles to begin the blessing. In our case, we are using the green candles at the 4 corners and a blue at the center of the home. Mostly this is done due to lack of candles, but at the time it seemed to be the thing to do.
Green – Earth, Growth, Money, Fertility (in new ventures, not just babies)
Blue – Peace – Protection
For this blessing, we’re also going to sage. While this is not a necessary step for brand new construction, we are deciding that it can’t possibly hurt the process.
In existing spaces sage is used to purify the space and to clear out unwanted energy or leftover emotions. It’s good to use sage if your space is feeling “icky” or if you begin to start feeling stuck.
Cedar is perfect for new spaces, and new ventures in life, and sweetgrass will bring positive energy into the space.
When you are smudging your home, make sure that you get the smoke up into the corners of the space. Again, you’re thinking very hard about your intention.
If your space is feeling like it’s filled with “icky” energy or you’re feeling stuck, then focus hard on chasing all unwanted energy out of the house. You can start in the back corner of the home, make your way across the house towards the front, and then take the smoke out the front door.
While we are smudging the space, we are also dropping salt at each of the columns. Again, this step isn’t necessary on brand new construction, but we feel as if it can’t hurt. The salt is used to purify a space and is often used to close a circle in many types of rituals and castings. It is also traditionally used for healing and blessing. In this case we are using epsom salt, and we are placing the salt at the base of the columns while we are smudging, and before we place the stones and trinkets. In an existing home, you can get one of those aluminum pie or loaf tins, place a small handful of blessing salt in the center, cover with rubbing alcohol, and set fire to it. Let it burn until the alcohol has burned off. In the past I have placed the tin on a cookie sheet or cement block for extra insulation. Always keep the proper fire extinguisher handy.
You should place the stones in your foundation. In our case, we have a post and pier foundation with many columns. In a traditional foundation slab or basement I would place the items in a grid pattern at even intervals. In an existing home, I will be placing the stones in the 4 corners of my home on each level. I will likely be purchasing more stones and placing them in each floor in the corresponding spot to the columns. You know, just to be extra.
Clear Quartz – clears away negative and unwanted energy, allowing focus and stability
Citrine – positive, healing energy that also promotes psychic awareness, clarity and creativity. Carry the energy of prosperity, opportunity & wealth
Rose Quartz – Love, friendship, peace, happiness and fidelity in established relationships. Also helps with grief, heartache, loss.
Amethyst – peace, happiness and love, promotes courage. Carries the energy of protection and psychic ability
Aventurine – good luck stone that attracts money, peace, healing and happiness, and carry the energy of abundance
Howlite – absorbs stress and tension and fosters creativity
Snowflake Obsidian – calming and soothing. peace and strong protection against negativity. It is often used to sort out jumbled thoughts and calm the subconscious mind.
Tigers Eye – wealth, good luck, and strength, & carries the energy of health and wellness
Sodalite – logic, truth and inner peace. It is a meditative stone that heals emotional related diseases, nervousness and stress.
Peacock Ore – happiness and joy, it is said to turn you in positive directions, and help channel happiness to others; generally a stone of uplifting your spirits.
Fluorite – “helping” stone that clears jumbled thoughts to gain a better perspective, and strengthens the powers of other stones it is worn with.
Jasper – keeps us more present in our own physical bodies and attuned to nature, as well as brings protection and good fortune to the wearer
Trinkets are going to be placed in the foundation along with your stones. You should be carry them around in your pocket for a day or two in order for them to become attuned to your energy.
If there’s more than one person living in the home, then divide up your trinkets between everyone and take turns carrying each set of trinkets.
In an existing home, I would be placing those trinkets over the main entrance to my home.
Shark Tooth – Protection of the home and those who dwell there. Pick up the shark tooth and direct your positive feelings toward the tooth. Meditate briefly on how you will feel with secure and stable life.
Bean – wishes for the future. growth. Pick up the wishing bean and direct your positive feelings toward the bean. Meditate briefly on how you will feel with a life full of love and then make a wish.
Butterfly – Pick up the butterfly and direct your positive feelings of good health in the body, spirit and mind toward the butterfly object. (we used butterfly beads)
Heart – Represents Ali and what she is bringing to the blessing and intention. What symbol most represents you?
Skull – Represents Mike and what he is bringing to the blessing and intention. What symbols appear in your life or have special meaning for you?
Feather – representing all of the animals that make their home throughout the land.
Pinecone – representing all of the flora throughout the land.
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