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Building A Barden Home

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Our Parcel in Google Earth

clock February 27, 2009 05:32 by author Donny Kemick

I came across a post by a blogger that I follow from when he planned the move into his new house, and decided to give it a try:

GoogleEarth_Image_With_Lot_Drawing

The links to download Google Earth in the link above to the blogger I follow.  In his part 2 post, he covers using Google Sketchup to draw in your actual house too, but I’m not sure I’ll find the time to do that.  I’ll be sure to post it if I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sewage, What a Fun Topic!

clock February 25, 2009 15:44 by author Donny Kemick

In my last post, I explained the lot and briefly showed the area where we’ll be placing the house.  Like many new construction sites these days, ours is over a bank with about 12-16 feet of elevation from the house to the road.  This obviously poses a problem for sewage running out of the house.  I have a feeling my stream of sewage won’t work like the Nile

Because of this, we need a solution to get the sewage out of my house, and up to the sewer main in the road.  I was told that the sewer is about 10 feet deep at the nearest man hole, which is about 75 feet from the area of road that is out front of our house.

So, we’ll need to either pump from the basement to the road, about 70 feet, then use gravity down hill to tap in, OR use a pump to push the sewage most of the way down the lot before climbing to the road, because the elevation isn’t as bad there.

Here’s a shot of the elevation from the lot to the road if we were to go strait to the road:

Land elevation of Barden HomeIn that picture I’m standing up, at 5’ 8” tall.  You can see, there’s quite a bit of elevation difference.

The second option of making a more gradual run to the sewer line is seen below.  The line would essential run strait through where the driveway is in the distance, then connect to the sewer main in the road.

Driveway for Barden Home 

A third option is to run all the way down my backyard to the road below.  That is quite a distance, and i would have to tear up my in-laws’ yard and driveway.  That would allow me to tie in to the road pipe.  I’m against doing it this way because of the distance of the run.  We will inevitably have issues with a run that long and end up having to tear it all up again. 

Sewage Ejector Pumps (Sometimes called Lift/Grinder Pumps)

The two options that I hope will work are the ones that involve an ejector pump.  Prior to this project, I had never even heard of an ejector pump, or considered the need for one.  I guess I don’t spend much time thinking about how sewer goodies flow :).

Anyways… A standard sewage ejector pump is like a really beefy sump pump, capable of pushing solids up to 1-1/2” or 2” in diameter.  This type of pump has a higher likelihood of clogging than a macerating sewage ejector.  This type of pump has a built in grinder that acts like a garbage disposal.  This added feature will help reduce the number of clogging issues you have over time. 

My personal opinion is that it would give you some added comfort, knowing that whatever is passed to it will definitely fit through the expulsion pipe.  I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want feces in my basement.  Not even my own families!

grinder-system

Pump

The images above shows basically how a Grinder or Lift pump work.  

In reading online, they seem to be priced between 1500 and 3500 dollars plus labor.  I’m still not positive that this is the route I’ll be taking, but I sure hope I can do this, over running a line all the way to the next nearest road!

 

 

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Our Barden Home Land and Lot – The Beginning

clock February 19, 2009 08:43 by author Donny Kemick

My wife and I are very fortunate because her parents own a very nice parcel of land that connects to their backyard, and the street above their street.  They’ve held onto it for 15 or so years to basically protect their backyard.  When we started talking about building a home, they quickly offered to sell us that lot.  Now, many people would cringe at the thought of living that close to their in-laws, but I get along quite well with mine.  Before selling our last house (prior to us living with my in-laws), my wife (who stays at home with our children), used to go to her parents house at least 4 days a week.  So, we have always spent a good deal of time there anyways.

Thinking more long term, it will put us at a very convenient proximity to help out as her parents age.  It also puts us next door, so traveling over for holidays won’t be more than a walk through the yard.  Finally, they have invested heavily into entertainment for their kids, by adding a swimming pool, and sport court to their yard.  Instead of them using those things on visits to the grandparents, they will have access to them daily.

Enough About You, What About the Lot?

The lot itself is 2.28 acres in size, and will allow us to be the last house on the left side of a dead-end road.  Here’s a map:


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It looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but in actuality, it’s as close to where we shop, and travel in town as we could possibly be without having to live on a city street.  You can see the pool and basketball/tennis/volley ball court in the map.

Timber!

The map shows a fairly wooded lot which is accurate, but we’ve been cutting down trees ourselves (to save precious money), and just recently had it chipped and hauled away.  Here’s a brief video of the area of the lot that we are using to place the house:

 

I setup a youtube channel that I will add video to throughout construction:  http://www.youtube.com/buildingabardenhome 

 

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