Land Ho! (A twist in the Mini House plot) – LivingMini®
Posted By Erin on April 28, 2010
April 28, 2010 — West Marin
Good news, mates — There’s land on the horizon! (maybe)
I’m happy to report that I’m still a whole person after having survived a visit to the scariest place on earth: the Marin County Planning Office.
Yep. On the good advice of my friend Steve, we paid a little visit to the planning office to see what permitting was required to buy a plot of land in West Marin and build me my mini house. The verdict: Scary!
Now, I had been warned about the septic tank issue (being that there is no septic tank). That will run a girl about $50,000. Yes, you read the zeros right – we’re talking fifty thousand.
Then there’s the planning fees, the building fees, and the surveying fees. In addition to the encroachment permit and the school district fee for all new builds – even though I don’t have kids. And let’s not forget the arborist’s fee for cutting down a few trees. Gulp.
And that’s not all. I need to still call the gas company and water district to check out their story. And evidently a trip to the local fire station to get an idea of the hydrant situation. (Although that may not be so bad. I might actually put on makeup for that little jaunt. He He.)
I don’t understand why the cost of building a mini house is so enormous? I’ve just started my Mini House Extreme Makeover journey and I’m already whirling out of control….typical.
But just when I thought about a long slide into depression, I drove by the tempting tip of land again.
I mean, who can put a price on land anyway? Who cares if I spend more than $120,000 on a septic system and building permits? Ackkkkkkkk! I just choked on that hairball of a number for, um, what? Dealing with some crapola and a couple of pieces of paper? Lord have mercy.
I evidently lied when I said I emerged from my little escapade a whole person. It’s obvious now I’m going to have to donate my right arm to be able to pull this off.
Afgrh5tiumiea234g…. thaT’s me typping with my left arm’ oNly. Stay tuneddd…
This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 and is filed under Mini Makeover.