a reply to: metroidhntr
LOL small world. As a matter of fact we were in Gardner today, bought a used Subaru. With all the rain we've had it's beautiful here. We're down
hwy 69 a bit on a county road. We're neighbors!
Starting from scratch isn't cheap. I'm not sure if you have to install utilities if you're building a structure but if you carry a mortgage/home
owners insurance they're picky. Start up costs are never ending, that's why we have so few neighbors but lots of land owners.
To keep it cheap most folks bring in 5th wheel camper trailers, saw one come in today. They do whatever is the priority/affordable. A good
driveway/access road is definitely worth the cost.
A woman that lived out here bought a small house and had it moved to her land. Not sure what kind of inspections/permits were involved but she got the
house cheap. I think the electric cost more.
The man that built our house demolished a barn in Texas for lumber, bought used/salvaged materials, hauled it up here. He and his sons built it over a
One guy lived in an old converted school bus. Another brought in an older single wide trailer. He has no electric, uses generators for basic stuff.
Gas fridges/appliances are another option. I don't think single wides require a slab, double wides do. I imagine they also need inspections/permits
to put them together.
Lots of old single wide trailers out here. You can get them pretty cheap. We've seen folks use wood stoves in them. They're not very well insulated,
gas could get expensive but the heat from a wood stove will chase you out. Freezing pipes is something you really have to prepare for with them.
As long as you don't build anything I don't think you need permits. Septic systems require inspections/a soil test etc. Water wells require permits
but you can haul water from town. The only other restriction I've heard about is under 40 acres you're limited to 1 single family dwelling. Over 40
I think you can have several.
I've seen little mobile cabins for sale in Walsenburg. Some are bigger than others and they have porches. Not sure what they cost. Looks like you can
hook it up/haul it away.
I like the conex houses. I don't see why it would require a permit except for the slab. I think someone told me as long as it's considered mobile or
has axles you're good to go but you'd have to check. Try calling the Huerfano county court house, they're really nice/helpful.
I wish you the best. Baby steps is best, biting off more than you can chew right off the bat is the reason there's so many half built homes out here.
Keeping the budget low makes it a lot less stressful/more doable. Stick to the basics at first, luxuries will come as finances/ingenuity allows.
Having a plan B helps too. There's fairly cheap housing available, some people rent/work in town for awhile while making things livable on their
Feel free to PM me and good luck.