Random thoughts and updates
I’ve almost finished enough to move in and get my occupancy permit. I still need to insulate the floor by winter (skirting, somehow), and winter is predicted to be long and hard. I’m a bit nervous about the winter, even though the space is small and should be cozy.
I got my second utility bill-$42 for 32 days of electricity. Approximately 300 kW for the month. I could really go with solar if it weren’t for the fact that I want electricity mostly when the sun is down and am not eager to learn about batteries right at the moment.
I’ve checked into the cost of a foundation for a permanent structure. Less than $3000 for a slab with a 12″ wide footer under it. Since a square cut log cabin would be approximately $15,000, I could build for an outrageously small sum. Log cabins take a lot of maintenance, and I’m not sure that’s the direction I want to go, but it is a possibility. Actually I secretly would prefer a composite log-look. I know it isn’t as earth friendly on the outtake, but over time I think it would be much more earth friendly than years of stain and power washing.
It’s 10 miles to work. Someone recommended a piece of land that’s less than half the size of the one I own for almost twice what I paid per acre today. I’m still being told that I wouldn’t get that price, but the two pieces are very comparable, only mine’s closer to a road that would be cleared in winter and nearer to a town and fire station. It would seem I didn’t do badly on my purchase, considering that and what I’ve seen other land go for in this area.
The house is too white inside now. I’ll be glad when I get some quilts on the walls (both decoration and added insulation, book cases up (which also add insulation), rugs on the floor (which again add insulation) and decorations on the walls. I’m hoping to have some time to unpack some things tonight. And put up some of the trim, since there isn’t much to put up at this point. Maybe I can get the occupancy permit this week. Hopefully soon, at least. It makes me nervous, having someone inspect my little cabin. People in the area think it’s nice, at least until they learn I live there. But to camp in, to have as a weekend place, they think that would be great. But will the fire marshal think the same? Apparently they won’t nix it based on size, though, and I’ve met all their requirements, or will have soon, at least.
Once I get unpacked I’ll post some pictures. Right now it’s not very attractive, with tools scattered around on the floor. It’s time for a thorough cleaning and some decorating. Then I’ll see what I have. Wish me luck!