We have permission to land!!!!

The Earthship is cleared for landing! We received word today that the permit is all ready for us. We are quite excited and I know that Chris has been sorting shovels, starting equipment up and worrying about our tire count.

We do have to pay an additional $904 for our permit. The building authority bases the permit fee on square footage AND cost to build. Of course, I put $60,000 down for cost to build (that is what we are aiming for, as we have heard of others building for a little less and a little more). However, even that won’t fly with the building authority. So based on 2250 square feet and $100/square foot (which the building authority decided based on some figures out of Michael Reynolds books).

So the entire permit fee is $1544 which includes a refundable $200 if we complete the house within 2 years.

Please stay posted as we begin to make plans to start construction!

Still waiting…

Yesterday we submitted the last two documents that our building authority requested. Unfortunately the building inspector who is plan checking our project is not in the office until Friday but will look at it then. We are assuming that the final check is simply routine as both documents we submitted were sealed by professionals. Chris has already revved up the equipment and is ready to begin excavation as soon as the permit is in our hands…

For the next few days we will move on to projects we have had to set aside: building our chicken coop, preparing our skis for summer storage, gathering more tires…

Tonight the kids pick out their market lambs. Although they won’t get them until May, they will choose them now at about 2 weeks old (cute!).

One document down, one more to go for the permit!

The certified onsite wastewater specialist came today and it looks like our septic passed muster! Although we will not use it, it satisfies the requirements of a three bedroom home that would have a traditional waste water system. I still shake my head at the requirement of a traditional septic system for an earthship, but I guess it’s only with many earthships being built (and other alternative buildings) that changes will eventually be made to building codes.

I find stories of septic tanks and septic systems quite fascinating, if a little gross. Gail’s brother-in-law is a septic tank pumper and he regaled us last week with many stories of the improvised tanks people used to install (way back before rules). In one instant he went to pump the tank only to find it was an abandoned, buried vehicle! And another was a box made from old railway ties. He also filled us in on all the items/fluids that exit a house for the waste system that wreck havoc with the tank and field…nuff said about that.

Now Chris is working on the sealed, technical document, hopefully our last piece of the pie before being issued the permit.