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Septic – Failed Inspection and the Fix

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The Septic Issue

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.

My Hope

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.

Septic Fix - the added cleanout
Here is the clean out we added in after the failed inspection

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Concrete Slab for Lazy Daisy Hideaway

Marilyn’s Concrete Slab and Our Journey

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.

Now What?

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.

Concrete Slab
a concrete slab for a stick built home in the mountains of Colorado

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Stick Build Beam Placement Mom’s House #118

Stick Build

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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Stick Build Beam Placement
StiSitkThe beams and posts for the stick build going on next door at Mike’s Mom’s house.
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Arched Cabin Foundation Concrete Pour – Ep 117

Arched Cabin Foundation

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.

What’s Next?

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.

Arched Cabin Foundation Pour
Mike uses the gooooooolden mallet to knock air bubbles out of the concrete in the sonotube.

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House Blessing – Blessing new construction

House Blessing

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 watch this video on how I created an intention for anyone who will ever live in the home.

Sigil after House Blessing
The intention placed in the center of the home just before we buried it.


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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Extreme House Blessing Welding an Intention- 115

As we get ready to pour concrete, we wanted to make a permanent blessing for the home. Something to just be in place to give us a boost. We figure it couldn’t help. First Ali makes what is essentially a sigil out of metal to place in the ground in the center of the home. To purchase a blessing kit from Kim visit Buy soap & lotion from our website or view our blog posts. All products are hand crafted by Ali. Become a Patron! – Visit us on FB and Instagram @lazyaholeranch @lazyaholepets @lazyaholesoap

Extreme House Blessing

We are big believers in setting the right intentions for helping bring your dreams into fruition, and we both believe that the things that you feed are what you will eventually end up with. Therefore, we decided to give the new house the best possible start. So it just makes sense that we blessed the construction site from the ground up, and it started at this point where we welded up the intention we wanted for the new home. I basically create a sigil by thinking up my intention. For example, you can think of a sentence such as, “I want everyone who lives here to be happy”
After you write out your sentence, you would then get rid of duplicate letters until you are left with the following: IWANTEVRYOHLSBP. Then you would make those letters into some sort of design, and that would be your sigil.


A sigil works because you set that intention in your head. In the process of focusing all of your thoughts and energy on it, you are planting that seed into your subconscious. That is why they work. You are setting yourself onto that path by planting that seed. In traditional sigils you would focus on the image that you create, and then you would completely destroy it so that you no longer remember the sentence or the image you created. For this process though, I decided to make it more permanent with the metal, and so I have been referring to it as an “intention” instead.


This is a new skill in my arsenal. I took a mig welding class and a stick welding class at the beginning of July, and I’m absolutely in love with the metal working process. There haven’t been a lot of opportunities to use it yet, but I keep buying more bits of metal to play around with and create. You’re never too old to learn something new. I’m 46, and am just now discovering the joy of metal working.

Extreme House Blessing
Blessing or Intention. A welded sigil created to bless the home from the center of the foundation

Blessing Kit

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Arched Cabin Foundation Forms Set & Inspected

After getting snowed out at the end of last summer, and a late start this year due to other projects being prioritized, we have FINALLY started building our Arched Cabin! #archedcabin #archedcabins #foundationconstruction #DIYhousebuild


We are FINALLY building the house. The title says it all. The arched cabin foundation forms set & inspected. We poured concrete last week, and have begun to dig the trenches for sewer, water, gas, and power. It’s both exhilarating and exhausting to build your own house. My brain has been on overload with all of the new information that has been dumped into it over the past few weeks as things have been ramping up.

What’s next for the Arched Cabin & Life?

While the concrete hangs out to cure this week, Mike has to sneak up on replacing the transmission that died on his truck. We kind of need the truck for doing and hauling things. We have also started the work for all of our service lines coming into the house. I just realized that he should probably consider trenching in the phone line as well in case we decide to get a landline since there’s no cell service to speak of in the area. In this case, we really need to be forward thinking in planning for the future of the house in order to prevent having to trench things in after the house is complete. We’ve discussed things such as putting in fiber optic cables between the houses for a larger “home network”, putting in a frost free hydrant next to the garden, rainwater collection system that ties into the cistern, etc etc etc. So we have a lot of considerations while planning the layout of everything.

Costs for the Arched Cabin

I haven’t updated this in ages, so it’s time to talk about the costs so far as follows:
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
Total Cost (excluding land) $40,380.95

You can read more in depth about some of the costs that I’ve covered here. I’ll periodically be updating the costs as we go, but that is the original post and goes more in depth on some of this.
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Well & Water Line Installation – Lazy Daisy Hideaway – Ep112

Construction has begun on both Mike’s Mom’s House, The Lazy Daisy Hideaway, and our Arched Cabin. In this episode, we’re next door at Mom’s house as they drill the well and Mike & Bob work on installing the water line for her stick built home that’s currently under construction. #construction #well #waterline #DIYhousebuild #drillingawell

The Project: Well & Water Line Installation

Mike helped Bob the Builder do the well & water line installation for his mom’s house, The Lazy Daisy Hideaway. As usual, I’m learning a whole lot about the process of how all of this stuff goes together! We started by cleaning up the area so that we have a flat surface to work on, and the proper amount of space to work. Then it’s time to dig the trench from the well casing into to the location where it will enter the home. Finally, we put together the pipe & water line, and feed that into it’s final home before backfilling the entire thing.

The Takeaway:

Because we are helping out on the project, we pass those labor savings along to Mom. It makes us happy to be able to give back because of the love and support our family has continually given us along the way. Thank you.

We are supremely grateful to Bob for all of his advice and expertise. Not just on well & water line installation! He is always a wealth of information on a variety of subjects, and at this point I think it’s safe to say he’s our good friend as well. We appreciate you, Bob.
If you’re local to Teller and Park County Colorado and have need for excavation services visit his Facebook Page, though be advised that Bob is old school so it might be best to call or e mail.

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