27 Sep Cabin Site Decision
We just returned home our second “work trip” out to Colorado – a weekend specifically planned to make some decisions about the cabin. The first “work trip” was when we went to look for cabins and bought the land.
Jake somehow worked it out so he got to come along with both “work trips” while his older brothers stayed back home with their grandparents. So I guess so far Jake falls last of the three in terms of international travel, but comes in first in terms of time spent in Colorado!
The main purpose of the trip was determine exactly where on the land we wanted to build and how to position the cabin. Neil also showed us where they mapped out the well, the septic, the leach field, and where he’s going to recommend the IREA to bring power in.
All were good, though as always in life, we had to make some compromises with our final decision.
Originally we wanted to position the cabin down closer to the clearing, so that we could have access to the meadow as well as having to cut down fewer trees to get a view.
However, upon arriving at the site, Neil showed us how because of the slope grade, it would be advisable to have the cabin higher up, so that gravity could be used to move waste to the septic naturally, instead of requiring a pump and grinder. We agreed that fewer mechanics to take care of would be better.
So that was one compromise. We moved the cabin down toward the clearing as far as possible to take advantage of meadow & view but without negatively affecting septic.
The second was the way the cabin would face. Originally we wanted the cabin to straddle the land so that the front of it faced downhill. However, slope grade proved to be against us in this as well, because we would’ve been trying to make the longer side of the house build into a slope.
After deciding we didn’t want to do extra excavation, slope leveling, and house leveling, we decided instead to flip the original layout of the house, and then have the cabin face perpendicular to the original way we wanted.
Again, compromises that we had to make to make for an easier, more reasonable & less expensive build.
But we were so giddy with delight at the thought that within a year we may be able to start the finishing work on the cabin, that we didn’t mind the compromises. We were too busy dreaming of where on the front porch we’d like to sit and drink our morning tea, and how the boys would be so busy running around in the woods.
We spent about 3 hours standing and walking our land with Neil while we made these decisions. We talked about which trees would need to be taken down. Nick begged for as few trees to be disturbed as possible (something he has said oh, about 100 times already, haha).
Meanwhile Jake (1.5 years old at the time) was having a grand old time making himself familiar with our part of Colorado forest. He climbed all over the fallen branches, frequently sat himself on the mulchy ground, and threw handfuls of dirt over himself and his surroundings. He was truly in his element, our Colorado baby.
We finished the day with tags of what will be the corners of the cabin, and bid Neil a farewell. He hoped to be able to find someone to start clearing trees as soon as possible, then after that, excavation of the foundation would begin!