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Arched Cabin Water Line is Complete!

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.

Arched Cabin Water Line is Installed!

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)

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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.

Conclusion

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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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.

Candles

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

Smudging

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.

Salt

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.

Stones

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

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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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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Raised Bed Garden – Pt 1 The framework Ep#108

We decided with all the craziness going on that it was really important to get our raised bed garden in full swing this year.

I constructed 2’x3′ raised beds out of corrugated metal and 2x4s. Each raised bed cost about $43 to make, and will cost the average handy-person even less because I made several errors which resulted in me using half again the amount of wood originally required.

Cut and supply list for 7 raised beds:

2x4x19.5″ x 38 and rip 14 of those into 2x2s. (four 2x4s and four 2x2s per bed)
2x4x25″ x 14 – rip to 2x2s (four per bed)
Inside corners 25″ X 14 (two per bed)
Miters
45 degrees inside corners 36″ X 14 (two per bed)
Corrugated metal
*please note actual size is 26″ even if sold as 24″
Purchased six of the 24″x12′ and cut to fit the inside dimensions of each box.
Assembled with #10 x 3 1/2″ coarse auger thread construction screws for the wood, and pan head sheet metal screws #8 x 1″ (went through 1+ boxes of 100)

Assembly:

We assembled the tops and bottoms first using a #10 3 1/2″ construction screw*, and then we cut the sheet metal to fit each box individually. After we cut the sheet metal, we pre-drilled the holes into the sheet metal. 4 holes for the side panels (2 top, 2 bottom), and 6 holes for the front and back panels (3 top, 3 bottom).
Next, we used a 8×1 pan head sheet metal screw** to attach the sheet metal to the top and bottom frames of the bed.
Once the sheet metal was attached to both the tops and bottoms of the boards, we secured the inside corners using a 2″x2″x25″ piece of wood on the inside corner and then a 19.5″ 2×4 on the outside corner spanning the joint for the boards on the top and the bottom for increased strength) and then a 19.5″ 2×2 on the other side of the corner for symmetry and additional strength on the corner.

The joint will end up looking like this.
and here is a photo after we attach the mitered pieces to the top of the frame. You will want to trim those up so the corners meet up. You can also see the 2×2 on the inside corner in this image as well. The rocks on the ground are because that was how I marked out the layout of the garden on the ground.

Hardware images

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Ep 105 – Upgrading Tools – We purchased a County Line 25 Ton Log Splitter

We were getting down to the last of our firewood at the beginning of the year, and we needed to split some quickly ahead of an incoming storm, except we were down to some very stubborn logs, so we purchased a log splitter!
#firewood #logsplitter #countyline #25ton #tools #choppingwood #wood #mikegyver
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Ep 104 – A Serviceable Garment – Sewing my first article of clothing

Mike helped me learn to use the sewing machine, and I made what he is calling, “A serviceable garment” LOL I’ll need to try some new things for the next iteration of the shirt, but I’m looking forward to the next one!
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Ep 103 Cold Process Castile Soap

Here is my vlog about making Castile Soap! Recipe and recommendations below!
#castilesoap #soaptutorial #castilesoaptutorial #soapmaking #coldprocesssoap
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Recipe fills 5 lb soap mold
50 oz olive oil pomace
14 oz water
6.37 oz lye

Once again, this didn’t quite fill the mold so I would maybe go up to 56 oz and use a lye calculator and set you water by volume of oils to 28% and recalculate the amount of water and lye you should use based on the amount of oil that you’re using.
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Episode 100 – Building an Arched Cabin in Colorado. A Look Back and Looking to the Future.

Episode 100?!?!?! I can’t believe that we are already on episode 100! I first started this channel in 2017, but didn’t really start making regular videos until mid to late 2018. I started this channel purely to keep myself busy, and it’s grown and changed as much as I have. Thank you so much for you love and support over the past 2 years while I work through a whole bunch of things. #archedcabin #episode100 #100 #lazy #housekit #colorado
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