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.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on March 20, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The rock, I’ve discovered, will only be about 9-12″ deep. I am pleased with that. Tha’ts not too much rock at all.

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