Jeff Higdon wrote:Hello neighbor! Are you building in the Colville area? I have some friends in that area. I live inbetween Oldtown and Sandpoint, ID.
What about making part or all of the glass removable? Or make the highest part of the greenhouse to hinge open like Mike's greenhouse design to allow the hot air to escape. You could also use shade cloth in the summer if it is too hot.
Jeff Higdon wrote:Colville is beautiful, that is for sure! I would have looked for land there, but it looks like the building requlations are too strict, so I have stayed on the Idaho side. I was told that residences there are required to have a $20,000 septic sysem put in, and the homeowner can't install it themselves. I don't know if that is true, but it was enough to make me shy away from it.
Washington also does aerial mapping, and each year they take photographs. The photographs have a different color to them, so when they overlay them, any changes stand out, such as a building structure. I guess that is one advantage we do have with being underground is the stealth factor, though!
Here in Idaho, we can legally have an outhouse, which in many states you can not. The health department said it was a $250 permit to install one, I went yesterday and checked.
I am not against outlaw houses myself, since it should be a basic right to have shelter.
I wish you luck with your house!
Jeff Higdon wrote:NO CODES? Uh, where is my listings on real estate in Colville area?!
One does have to go to the right source for information!
While looking up what is required here in Idaho, I looked online. It looked like anything I built would have to be to code. I then went to the bonner county building permit office and talked to them. They informed me that they had no code enforcement that made sure a house was built to code, they only required a building location permit which ensures that a building is located far enough away from water, roads, property lines, etc.
However, they do require a signoff on septic. I then went to the health department, and tried to figure out exactly what is required. I am still not entirely clear on it, but I think they were telling me that if I plumbed the house, then I had to have a plumbing inspection done to hook up to septic, which would make me have to comply with plumbing codes.
They also said there is no diffence between a greywater system and a regular septic. Both require a minimum of 1000 gallons for up to 4 bedrooms, and 250 gallons additional for each additional bedroom.
Of course, if I hooked to electrical lines, then I would also have to have an electrical inspection, which would require me to comply to electrical codes. This I can avoid if I go with alternative energy.
However, on the plumbing I don't know how I can legally get around the plumbing codes since I will have at least greywater, even if I use a composting toilet or outhouse.
If I can't get around the plumbing inspection, I do at least have the consolation that that is my strongest point in the construction of the house. I worked as a plumber for a while, so I do know what I am doing in that department.
I am still checking into what is required for a well to see if I can dig my own or not, and what is required on that.
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