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Old 02-19-2019, 12:34 PM
 
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HV, I ran across a company, somewhere in the SW that is using a steel construction method on piers. Modular in design and great for uneven ground. But the sub zero winters may make that method a little too costly to keep warm...I saw it on utube. Laying a foundation on a slope may be quite expensive considering the fact that one wall will also act as a retaining wall...extra strength and water flow considerations.

One thing you should consider is security. There is a lot of talk about looting in SLV if you don't live on the land. Maybe you can do something like a time share. Renting the place during the winter months to Skiers/Hunters and living there during the summer. That way there is someone around to watch over the place.

It also looks like you are going to need a garage for the vehicles in the winter. I agree with others on this site that without one, winters will kill your car/truck. And you will probably need to use radiant heating to keep it above 0*.
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Old 02-19-2019, 02:45 PM
 
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HV, I ran across a company, somewhere in the SW that is using a steel construction method on piers. Modular in design and great for uneven ground. But the sub zero winters may make that method a little too costly to keep warm...I saw it on utube. Laying a foundation on a slope may be quite expensive considering the fact that one wall will also act as a retaining wall...extra strength and water flow considerations.

One thing you should consider is security. There is a lot of talk about looting in SLV if you don't live on the land. Maybe you can do something like a time share. Renting the place during the winter months to Skiers/Hunters and living there during the summer. That way there is someone around to watch over the place.

It also looks like you are going to need a garage for the vehicles in the winter. I agree with others on this site that without one, winters will kill your car/truck. And you will probably need to use radiant heating to keep it above 0*.
Watch HGTV's "Building Off The Grid" series for some excellent examples of how to do it right.
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Old 02-19-2019, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Skiing is quite aways away - Wolf Creek. It isn't a true hunting mecca because there isn't much in the way of National Forests that are not designated Wilderness - no hunting.

Looting is far worse in the flats than in the hills. I hike all the time and see a lot of empty mountain cabins that remain unlooted for years on end.

No need for a garage. Modern vehicles have no difficulty starting in the valley unless you have diesel without an engine block heater. My cars all start very easily.

I use passive solar and consumed $50 worth of propane making it through last winter which was on the mild side. The year before that was rough and I spent $100. Though I don't mind less than ideal temperatures.

The area is just terrific for passive solar. People really miss the boat by skipping on passive solar in cold sunny environs.

The real problem with the valley? Lack of well paying jobs.
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Old 02-19-2019, 02:54 PM
 
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Skiing is quite aways away - Wolf Creek. It isn't a true hunting mecca because there isn't much in the way of National Forests that are not designated Wilderness - no hunting.

Looting is far worse in the flats than in the hills. I hike all the time and see a lot of empty mountain cabins that remain unlooted for years on end.

No need for a garage. Modern vehicles have no difficulty starting in the valley unless you have diesel without an engine block heater. My cars all start very easily.

I use passive solar and consumed $50 worth of propane making it through last winter which was on the mild side. The year before that was rough and I spent $100. Though I don't mind less than ideal temperatures.

The area is just terrific for passive solar. People really miss the boat by skipping on passive solar in cold sunny environs.

The real problem with the valley? Lack of well paying jobs.
The Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge WAS a mecca for duck hunters until Curt Gowdy did a segment on American Sportsman.

Once the hunting masses discovered it was ruined- like most nice things in America eventually are (a good example is Colorado).
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:19 PM
 
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I'd simply include the garage as part of the house, so that way it's insulated and the car is parked inside a warm(ish) room and can be accessed any times from inside - pretty much a norm with houses where I'm from and it's just a comfortable way.

Besides, if all stuctures are included in one single unit, you can do a block design that makes insulation much easier / effective - you will have a few heat-bridges at the corners but who wants a circular house ?
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:01 PM
 
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@LHS79 - I disconnected from TV land a few years back...nothing but garbage and lies. But I am sure HGTV is on utube so I will give it a look.

@ColoGuy - That is a WAY different picture than what I have read in this site in the past. To be honest, reading posts on this site...looting is an issue in the SLV and the weather is a killer. And anyone wanting to move to SVL and buy land must be deranged. Plus, the politicians/law enforcement are Not on the side of the people...just special interests. I am glad to hear something other than the same old "SLV buyers are nuts" routine. If you don't mind me asking, where in the SLV are you located? How many sqft are you heating? Ranch/Split/Basement? Do ppl build basements out there or are they mostly slab? It looks like the frost line out there is around 46". How deep do septic systems run?

@HV - Do you know what your slope is on the property?

I would like to build a small ranch (the B1) with the basement. With a seasonal rain fall of 9", I don't think I would have an issue with water in the basement..lol.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:10 PM
 
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It's about two contour lines on the map so the total is around 80 feet but the part next to the road is more angled , first 40ft is on the first quarter of the land the other 40ft is away from the road.

These are just numbers based on the map, I'll soon get a survey done.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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It's about two contour lines on the map so the total is around 80 feet but the part next to the road is more angled , first 40ft is on the first quarter of the land the other 40ft is away from the road.

These are just numbers based on the map, I'll soon get a survey done.

I've bought a number of lots in the area. Never found one where I could not locate at least 3 of the original survey stakes. Takes some time? Of course. But fun when the original stakes are found.
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Old Today, 07:07 AM
 
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Blue - did you start building yet or you just planning ? What type of building ?
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Old Today, 01:08 PM
 
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HV, I am still a few years out before retiring, but you never know. Just starting my research now so I don't get screwed when it comes time to hand out money...lol. But must admit, after watching all the vids on utube, it seems like the place may be politically unstable. Granted that they are a little dated but still, not a good show for the county. Let's hope things have changed. I am also starting to get the feeling that I may never be able to recoup monies spent building in Costilla, let alone at a profit should my life situation change in the future...it's a tough call.

As far as the house is concerned, I have chosen a FLW Model B1. It's a rancher w/basement. One of his smaller Prairie designs and I think it will fit very well in the SLV...just maybe not in Costilla.

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