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Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:19 pm
by liveaboard
Wow; nice spot you have there.
It looks like the trees in front of the house are blocking what would otherwise be a magnificent view.

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:30 pm
by seal killer
liveaboard--

It only looks that way from above. This is the (main) view from every room in the house including two master bath vanity, tub and shower areas. The only rooms not included in the list are my den and two guest baths.

11-02-18 The View - resized.jpg

How many thousands more do you want to see? Should I sort them by time and date or will just by season suffice? :)

--Bill

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:21 pm
by NP317
Too bad your neighbors are so close...
~RN

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:08 pm
by liveaboard
Bill's place makes mine look urban!

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:34 pm
by seal killer
RN and liveaboard and All--
Too bad your neighbors are so close...
Nothing wrong with neighbors. Sometimes I think about getting on a plane and going to visit them.

--Bill

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:46 pm
by liveaboard
I suppose you could set a runway along the top of one of those ridges; but you'd only be able to visit neighbors who also had a runway.
A good excuse to avoid the riffraff.

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:53 am
by seal killer
All--

I have been picking up--by hand(!)--tons of rock ranging from one inch to bigger than me. Although I have a great skeleton rock bucket for the Komatsu, it's not good for picking up scattered rock without tearing up the ground. I'm using the rock I pick up as fill on the east and west sides of the house for drainage purposes. I've finally picked up enough. There are several feet of basketball-sized and larger rocks on both sides. I can now finish off with large 3-10" river rock up to within about 18" or so of the grade line and then find out from SWMBO what will go on top of that. (Hopefully, NOT grass.)

Here is the latest on the radiant heating and cooling system. The two pictures below are of the utility room. Seen on the wall are most of the components of the system. Only the controller (about the size of a cigar box) and a little plumbing remain to be done. The box on the wall in the second picture is the on-demand propane heater that will warm the concrete slab and walls.

I've been spending more time here than in KC. BUT, we now have internet and WiFi. When it was brought up, my wife was here and the first thing she did was to bring up her laptop and start working remotely. She said the speed is plenty fast enough. That means she will be able to come with me more when it is just a weekend or 3-day weekend trip.

11-15-18 Radiant System - 1.jpg
11-15-18 Radiant System - 2.jpg

--Bill

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:52 pm
by Glenn Brooks
liveaboard wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:46 pm
I suppose you could set a runway along the top of one of those ridges; but you'd only be able to visit neighbors who also had a runway.
A good excuse to avoid the riffraff.
Looks to me like a good spot for a 15” railroad with stations along the way at every person‘s driveway. How cool would that be 🤠

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:45 pm
by seal killer
live aboard—

How cool? WAY COOL!

—Bill

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:51 pm
by seal killer
All--

The house is finished! We are moving appliances in. After that is done, I'll post a walk-through video. In the meantime, here we are on the deck during a recent snow storm with the wind screaming at us from over the cliff behind us. But, I was the only cold person.

--Bill
01-19-19 Barbara Louise and William Cecil Chennault.jpg

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:54 pm
by Cymen
Congratulations on finishing! I'm curious about the internet -- what do you use? An LTE/cellular network connection or are you able to get a physical line (cable/fiber)? Really fun to watch it step by step and dream about doing similar one day.

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:18 pm
by seal killer
Cymen--

We use a Hughesnet 25mb/s down and 4mb/s (or 5?) up satellite link. Here in KC we have a 1Gb/s Google fiber link. So, we're spoiled and I probably shouldn't say much bad about the satellite link. It works. That's (reasonably) good.

Theoretically, there is landline/DSL capability. One time the Century Link tech was out checking something and I asked him about getting DSL. (The tombstone is only a couple hundred feet from the house.) He said, "I can barely get a signal. You would be lucky to get voice."

Prior to the satellite link, we used our Verizon connection on the cell phones. I suppose that connection makes the satellite link look good!

As far as building in a remote location goes, I have a LOT of advice for folks wanting to tackle that project!

I'm glad you've enjoyed following this thread. It looks like a few people have viewed it.

--Bill