Moving onto our section in March and Building

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5 years 5 months ago #529301 by Thorrie
Hi All - My first post here.
We purchased our lifestyle block last year and have spent a bit of time there pottering and planning/dreaming. We have now sold our house and are moving onto our block and planning to live in a Self Contained hire cabin. Has anyone had any experience with these and have any hints or tips? We are looking at using Highlander Cabins. Building is due to Start about March.
Is it wise to start landscaping/planting shelterbelts once the pad is poured or is it best to wait until the builders have done their thing? Also same question re fencing into paddocks?
Any other New build tips would be great thanks.

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5 years 5 months ago #529308 by charlotte1
Hi welcome to LSB. We have almost finished our build phew!!! We are in the Waikato. We have done nothing to our block as we don't live on site and are also having some conturing work done near the house. Didn't want to have any trees etc put in the wrong spot or run over by someone not watching what they are doing. We have not fenced yet either. Someone is cutting it for hay soon, a repeat of last year. Also we have had a couple of mows for silage (grows a phenominal amount of grass). What area are you in. It is such a fun process, but everything seems to take so long.

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5 years 5 months ago #529309 by Stikkibeek
Welcome to the LSB. I would suggest you stick to planning what you want to do with landscaping and planting as now is the wrong time of the year to plant. Living in your cabin will give you a good idea of prevailing winds, places you need shelter etc and deciding on what trees or shrubs will suit your climate and needs. Also you will need water for the first summer your trees are in the ground as they don't establish immediately and if you strike a hot dry summer the trees will suffer.

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5 years 5 months ago #529315 by Thorrie
Exciting charlotte1! We are in Wanganui area. Have 10 sheep on there at the mo but they arent event putting a dent in it. We might get a couple of cows and so may need to get some fencing sorted once we know exactly where the house is going. We have 5 dogs (and a couple of pups at the mo) so they are going to absolutely love the room. What size block r u on and what size house did u go with?

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5 years 5 months ago #529320 by Stikkibeek

Thorrie wrote: We have 5 dogs (and a couple of pups at the mo) so they are going to absolutely love the room.


Thorrie, just remember that it is even more important to restrict the free movement of dogs in a rural setting. With that many dogs, you have a ready made "pack" and if you let your dogs roam freely, they will rapidly get into trouble and you will have neighbours either complaining, losing stock, or worse you will have your dogs shot.
A good area well fenced is a must and is the responsible thing to do.

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5 years 5 months ago #529326 by Jontashya
Did the same. Lived in cabins while we built. Very exciting. Winter is challenging. Best advice I can give is have a pad cut where you will put a shed in the future and have your cabins there so drainage and hard base metal is down or you will be living in a muddy field with 5 dogs. (We lived in a muddy field with 2 dogs 2 teenagers 4 ducks 3 cats and a mother in law! )
Get your consent into the council for a septic system asap or they will hassle you in the cabins.
In the end you will find that you will not save much by living on site but you will have lots of time to plan and start fencing, landscaping etc. You can also keep an eye on the builders. BUT that can be frustrating in itself.
Enjoy it. Life is short and you will create many memories.

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5 years 5 months ago #529336 by Thorrie
Thanks stikkibeak, but they are working/hunting dogs so yes are kept in kennels until we let them run. Also are fully stock trained etc were not completely new to a rural lifestyle just the first time we have owned our own :) and starting from scratch.

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5 years 5 months ago #529337 by Thorrie
Thank u! Yes excited for the memories. The cabin was more due to the fact we cant rent anywhere with dogs and wanted to be able to stay together rather than just hubby roughing it out there which he was all for! Got the same advice re septics today actually thanks for that. The cabin has a chemical toilet but not sure what issues comes with that yet?

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5 years 5 months ago #529360 by tonybaker
Good work so far, it's an exciting time!
Some councils will require you to enter into a bond in order to live in a cabin or caravan, check it out.
Builders hate being looked at so go out of your way to establish a good relationship. You will have to accept that progress will be much slower than anticipated. The builders will dodge off to start other jobs. However it is a good opportunity to see what the prevailing wind conditions are and start planting shelter.
Discuss with the builder about power and water. At least you will have more security on site with you there(and the dogs!!)
Establish where your driveway is to go and insist that the builders use it as their constant to-ing and fro-ing in their truck will give you the basis of a good track and when the septic tank guys come with truckloads of metal, they can drop a load down the new driveway.
I guess you have compared the cost of a caravan against the hire of the cabin? You can sell the caravan later.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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5 years 5 months ago #529395 by stentor
Replied by stentor on topic Moving onto our section in March and Building
It's probably too late for your March rental but was in Hawera the other day and saw a 2-bedroom cottage going for $15k to remove from property

Purely as an example and not knowing which part of the country you are in it may be worth looking at the cost of a rental vs the cost of starting with a cottage that is serviceable and can be used for homestay /teenagers /older parents or incorporated into the design?

Also if you aren't interested in DIY but need space keep in mind that shipping containers can be had for less than $5k (depending on location) and with a dehumidifier thrown into them they can store a lot of stuff that may otherwise clog your cabin plus they can be sold and moved off site when done

Good luck and keep us posted

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