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kruz
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# Posted: 15 May 2018 01:45
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Hey Keith not sure you are still watching this, but I can hope! Sounds like you went through permitting. Did the cabin meet the Wisconsin UDC and make for easy enough permitting (or did you go under the radar)?

I am going to be in Ivan's area in a few weeks and was thinking of stopping in based on this post (that cabin looks just like what im looking for). I want to drop one of these on some property but was hoping to use your experience and see if im in for a fight or if it went smoothly.

Hopefully you still watch this, Thanks!

KeithC
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# Posted: 15 May 2018 07:35
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It did require a permit and it all went pretty smooth in Chippewa County. The requirements were that the cabin be strapped down or anchored to the Sonotubes, including the front porch. Just a good idea in the event of strong winds.

Also the porch steps had to meet certain requirements and of course the wood stove had to meet manufacturers recommendations for placement from combustible surfaces.

You should not have a problem, Ivan has them all over and I'm not aware of any serious issues that have been encountered.

smallcabin
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# Posted: 21 Jun 2018 15:06
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Hi Keith,

What's the total cost? How much did they charge you for transporting from the builder's place to yours?

thanks!

KeithC
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# Posted: 22 Jun 2018 07:30
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Site prep and delivery was about $3K. That included pouring
the sonotubes the cabin sits on and some skid steer work.

Total cost was around $20K including the cost of the cabin.

Sure beats the old camper!

KeithC
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2018 18:44
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Finally finished, insulated the underside of the cabin with foil faced sheet styrofoam and skirted it with treated plywood and then stained to match the cabin. Got a new Lopi woodstove to replace the simple cast iron stove, and will get it installed by this fall and the start of deer hunting season.
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Rickety_Jim
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# Posted: 29 Jun 2018 03:57
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Your place looks really nice. Currently in the market for some land in the Northwoods of WI as well. Trying to stay within my means. Do you feel a similar sized cabin could have been stick framed for cheaper?

KeithC
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# Posted: 29 Jun 2018 21:05 - Edited by: KeithC
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I'm sure it could have. Up here and to be above board code wise it would have to be 2x6 construction to get the added r-value the thicker walls provide with the correct insulation. At least that is the way it is for new homes, I assume a building permit for a cabin if used year round would be the same. I like the idea of a metal roof, over shingles for ice, snow and in the summer shingles start to get moss covered on cabins in the woods. My cabin is really solid, but it takes awhile to get all that wood mass warmed up in the winter. But once warmed up, it really retains the heat. For me, it is more of a 3 season cabin. After New Years and hunting season is over, I might not get out there until early spring again. A stick built may have been more around $10K? I recently installed a table in my cabin which I mounted to the wall......Amish built with the tree bark live edges, and 3 stools.
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mtholton
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# Posted: 26 Nov 2018 16:58
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Hi Keith,

Just found this post and was going to drive out to Ivan's place one of these days. Did you work directly with him or through someone else? Do you feel like the quality has held up? Looks great!

KeithC
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# Posted: 27 Nov 2018 19:32
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You work directly with Ivan. The quality is very good and he will likely have cabins in various stages of construction when you go there that you can look at.

Spring may be the best time.....as he will probably be building more at that time of different sizes and configurations. You wont be disappointed.

mtholton
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# Posted: 28 Nov 2018 12:56
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Great thank you Keith!

Terry Beauchamp
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# Posted: 1 Mar 2019 18:06
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Keith

You did a great job with your cabin. I was thinking of doing exactly what you did. I will have to check the cabin builder out. Thanks for the pictures and updates.

KeithC
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# Posted: 1 Mar 2019 18:25
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Thanks Terry! Good Luck with your project!

Keith

Terry Beauchamp
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# Posted: 1 Mar 2019 19:37
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Keith,

Did you have to do the clear coat on the inside or did it come already done? Also, did you have to contract the moving of the cabin or did you go through Ivan for the sonic cement piers, site prep, and moving? I would need it delivered to Land O Lakes Wi.

Thanks,

Terry

KeithC
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# Posted: 1 Mar 2019 20:07
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The floors came varnished. My interior walls are natural with no finish.

Ivan works with a contractor that can do the sight prep and the moving. He has moved them into Minnesota from Chetek / Sioux Creek Township, so probably not a problem to do your move and prep.

Terry Beauchamp
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# Posted: 1 Mar 2019 20:16
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Thanks Keith! My wife and I are very impressed with the cabins. The prices sound very reasonable also.

Thanks again for posting. We were looking at Amish cabins built in Ohio, but Prefer to buy in Wisconsin.

Thanks,

Terry

KeithC
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# Posted: 1 Mar 2019 20:29
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Some of his larger cabins with finished kitchen cabinetry and counter tops are absolutely breathtaking.

Incredible value! Good luck....let me know if I can help.
I live about 30 miles from Hilly Acres Cabins.

The Amish community has no phones or computers, so you may need to make a visit and cover a lot of business territory in one trip.

Terry Beauchamp
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2019 06:58
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Thanks Keith! I might have a question here and there for you during our process. Have you been up to check on the roof with all the snow this year? I am sure you probably have as much as we do in Land O Lakes. I would think with the metal roof most of it would come off.

Thanks,

Terry

KeithC
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2019 07:52
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I'm almost afraid to go look! My cabin is back in the woods a 100 yards or so from the road, so would have to trek back in snow 3-4 ft deep. With the metal roof it slides off in large chunks. Will have to wait for awhile before I will go out, and figured I'd get the snowmobile stuck if I tried to ride out from the house to the cabin, trying to get it back in there too......so will wait til we
get some considerable melting. All time record setting month for snowfall in February!

Terry Beauchamp
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2019 09:42
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I know what you mean. I have a trail cam where we will be putting our cabin. I can’t get back there anymore to swap the SD card. The last time we went up about three weeks ago it was waist deep.

Terry Beauchamp
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# Posted: 10 Mar 2019 20:33
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Keith,

Do you have a way that I can contact you? (email, text) I met with Ivan and have a couple questions.

Terry Beauchamp
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# Posted: 11 Mar 2019 19:31
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My email is ttbeauchamp@charter.net

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