The Book: Your Log House
6. Getting Started on the Building
With a good design rolled up under your
arm, you are ready to go to the local building department
for permission to start your building. If you are building
your log house somewhere in the wilderness, where you
are not subject to local ordinances and restrictive
covenants, these next paragraphs are not particularly
relevant. And if you are building without borrowing
money from a lending institution, you may not be required
to conform to as many rules. The vast majority of people
building their own houses will find themselves bound
by some restrictions. These next lines deal with the
process of getting started within the parameters and
restrictions in any city, municipality, regional district,
or county. Keeping in mind that different areas employ
somewhat different procedures, and that some require
more red tape than others do, here is a checklist to
refer to when making plans to begin construction:
- Make application to the nearest public
health agency for approval of your waste disposal
system and its location in relation to your water
- Apply for your building permit. Typically
you will be required to submit:
a. Three copies of complete blueprints and plot plans.
b. A copy of the health inspector’s approval.
c. A highway access permit to the property from the
department of highways.
d. The stamp of approval on your plans from a professional
e. Payment of a building permit fee calculated on
the estimated real estate value of your house.
After fulfilling all the legal requirements,
you are ready to start your building.
Acquire a copy of the residential standards
handbook from your building inspector. Most of the data
can be applied to log buildings.