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Old 09-04-2011, 03:08 PM
 
Location: SE Kansas
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Default Counties with lax building codes?

I'd like to build a fairly primitive small cottage using natural building techniques, mostly cob. Any one know of rural areas where building codes would allow this?
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I have plans to do the same thing but I will probably go with straw bale and Grancete. The Western counties with smaller populations would be the best bet.Your insurance company might be the stumbling block.
GL2
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Location: SW Kansas
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I know of a man that built a straw bale house in Dodge City.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:27 AM
 
Location: southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas
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If you use a pretty "traditional" building method, you'll have no trouble insuring. With something less traditional, like cob or strawbale, it's more questionable. We went post and beam and State Farm is happy to have us.
Otherwise, I agree with GL, the western counties don't have building codes/permits/etc. once you get out of the towns.

We're building in rural Cheyenne and no one cares.
The only thing you can't escape is the inspection of your septic system. That's a state requirement, though.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:08 PM
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Bourbon County has no codes. Or didn't a few yrs ago.
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