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Fabricating & Welding Brackets for our Arched Cabin

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.

fabricating & welding brackets for the arched cabin
Ali about to be fabricating & welding some brackets!

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

.030 Flux Core mig welding wire (affiliate link)
Hobart Handler 210MPV Mig Welder (affiliate link)
Arched Cabin House Kit
Glaser Steel in Colorado Springs
Better Welding Gloves (affiliate link, not pictured in this video)
Aluminized Glove Back-Pad (affiliate link, not pictured in this video)
Contact Tips (affiliate link)
Nozzle for flux core (affiliate link)
Evolution S380CPS 15″ Metal Chop Saw (affiliate link)

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

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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 96 – Gathering the Tools for the Job

As winter begins to slowly loosen its hold, we are making strides forward towards the goal of getting the shell up and the house dried in this year. Tools are going to be a big part of the job, so it’s time to start gathering those things that we’ll need. #tools #construction #estatesale #DIY #archedcabin #oldtools Buy soap & lotion from our website or view our blog posts. All products are hand crafted by Ali. https://lazyaholeranch.com Become a Patron! – https://www.patreon.com/lazyaholeranch Visit us on FB and Instagram @lazyaholeranch @lazyaholepets @lazyaholesoap
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Ep 83 – Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law – As always whatever can go wrong during the build process goes wrong. That’s okay though, we just keep on trucking!
Weather spoiled some of our plans and a mild injury slowed us down, but we’ll be at it again hopefully this week!
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Ep 81 – Mistakes Were Made

So we thought we were prepared to move forward. We did a ton of work, and then realized we forgot a very important step.
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Ep 80 – Setting up the forms for the Arched Cabin

We are beginning construction! We began setting up the forms for the foundation for the arched cabin, but in usual fashion, something has gotten in the way! We keep going like we always do though! You can’t keep us down for very long!
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Ep 76 Diggy Diggy Hole – Starting the Arched Cabin Build – The Excavation

The time is finally here! We have started building our house!!!!!!!!!!!
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