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Ep 121 – Power – Meter & Breaker Box Installation

meter box
Time to level up!

Power!

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.

Conclusion

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.

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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

Finally!

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.
If you’re interested in building your own arched cabin, you can visit the Arched Cabin by clicking here.

I’m so excited that we are building our dream! Thank you so much for following along on our journey. Have an amazing day!