Placing a portable cabin
This is becoming a very long journey. When the portable cabin was moved to my property, it wasn’t set right. Thankfully there is a company not far away that is willing to do all the trenching needed plus resetting the cabin, for a small (somewhat pricey) fee, of course. It’s within budget, but now I need to check on a few other foundation options, since a basement or crawl space might be just as cost effective as the gravel they are suggesting.
Gravel. I’m not sure what to think of the gravel. There was a crawl space under the house that burned. To put the cabin on the amount of gravel needed to raise it to the height they are discussing… that’s quite a bit of rock. They say it will be good that way, but I wonder. And once the rock is there, there’s not much changing my mind.
I keep picturing the crawl space turned into a couple feet in ground of house. I like what I envision. Part of me keeps thinking that I’d like to build a house in that old foundation. Most of me is more interested in just having a place ready to live in and a garden. A huge, two acre country garden. With a few chickens wandering in it maybe. Still, I know that it would be much wiser to do what I really want, the way I really want to do it, even if it takes some extra time. Patience isn’t one of my virtues and impatience is clashing with my dreams right now.
I like this company. A lot. And I think the guys will do a good job. But they don’t see what I envision. I don’t envision all that rock. But maybe they see something I don’t, too. I think their idea would probably work. But is it what I want?
In case anyone is wondering about costs, septic repair was going to be $300-800. I planned for water and electric hook up to be $500 each. Anchors would be $200-400 each. The foundation and all, including anchors, will total $2600. Maybe $300 more for a pad for the electric to sit on. They need to talk to the electrical engineer before they know the rules on that for sure. Though I’d hoped to avoid a new foundation, I’d budgeted $3000 for one, just in case. So this price isn’t bad, but I’m still not sure I like the idea of that much rock. We shall see.
It would probably help if I could decide whether I really want to live in the cabin permanently, or whether I’d prefer to build from the ground up and use the current cabin as a temporary house while the real one is built. A 400 sf square cut log cabin would only be $15,000. Plus the foundation. Very tempting.