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hotroddoug
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# Posted: 25 Dec 2011 16:30 - Edited by: hotroddoug
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Hi!

Thought I would share some pics of the little place I recently built on some land from the family farm where I grew up. I've had the land since 1993 and finally decided to do something with it. It is in Swanville, Maine on 8 1/2 acres. The footprint is 16' x 20' including the 6' porch on the front. There is a loft over the porch with folding pull-up stairs to access. The foundation is a concrete slab. Drains for a sink and a shower were installed under the cement. The toilet is an outhouse. I am using Coleman lanterns and LED lanterns for light and cooking with a propane stove. Heat is a vented 18,000 BTU propane wall heater. I built it all myself using all new materials. The cost including all permits, foundation and materials was $9000. Next summers project will be installing a small solar electric power system to run a small television and maybe a very small refrigerator.
Exterior
Exterior
Exterior
Exterior
Kitchen area
Kitchen area
Loft and folding stairs
Loft and folding stairs


Borrego
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# Posted: 25 Dec 2011 16:42
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Nice! You mentioned pictures? And what kind of solar system?

hotroddoug
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# Posted: 25 Dec 2011 16:48
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Sorry - I messed up the posting - there should be some pics here now! I need to do some research on solar system and figure it out - any suggestions? I want to keep it simple and low budget - ~$1000.

adakseabee
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# Posted: 25 Dec 2011 17:04
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Looks great, very professional! Are you planning on a rainwater collection system or do you use a well with a hand/electric pump or haul in water? What do your gray water drains run to? Would like to see photos of your outhouse if you have any.

hotroddoug
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# Posted: 25 Dec 2011 17:43
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I am trying to keep it all very simple. I don't go there a lot and have been taking water in 5 gallon water containers. I have a gray water system design but have not built yet - and may not. The drain pipe right now goes to an upside down 5 gallon bucket buried in the gravel pad on which the slab foundation sits. I typically put less than 5 gallons of water down the drain when I go there on a weekend, so, unless the code enforcement officer says something, I'm not inclined to spend the $2000 it will take to build that system. The outhouse was sited and designed by a soil scientist and I built per plan so that is all legal.
Outhouse
Outhouse


neb
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# Posted: 25 Dec 2011 18:19
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Very nice great workmanship.

scipolla
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# Posted: 28 Jul 2020 21:34
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Hi,
Looks great!
I just purchased a small cabin with an almost exact loft. I removed the stairs as they took up too much room in the main area and am planning on building a ladder. Your ladder design is exactly what I am looking to build, including using the ladder as part of the railing for the loft when it is up.
Any chance you would share your design with me?
Thanks
Sue Cipolla

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