Thursday, August 6, 2009
4" hole in the ground
There are a few things to consider when purchasing real estate. Good neighborhood? Nice view? Is the lot buildable?
Everybody has their own theories on realty. Here's mine---find a good neighborhood with a view of water. Find lots that are supposedly unbuildable, do your homework, then build on them.
This lot's across the street from our house. It was supposed to be too small to fit a septic system in. (In areas with no sewer hookup, there's an intricate system of tanks and pipes underground designed to let bacteria reduce the sewage to a form the soil can readily absorb)
Over a year ago I had to dig deep holes then hire a company to fill them with water and measure how quickly the soil absorbs. Then take that number and figure out how many feet of leach lines. Then figure out if ther's room to put a house. Draw up plans, submit to county, get inspection, get approval, start digging.
The tank's in. Byron was a HUGE help getting the infiltrators in and level. He even gave up the CMHS reunion just to come breathe some pretty thick dust...
Yesterday I got the cross tubes in that join the 5 runs of chambers, and poured concrete dams over all the crossovers. I think I'm ready for inspection---find out tomorrow.
If it passes inspection I can proceed with plancheck. Also, once the system is approved, the lot will be worth about triple what I paid for it---it becomes 'buildable'.
I'm a little nervous.