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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 02:24 PM
Building a casita


What is the very 1st thing that is done when building a casita? I'm guessing it has to do with moving dirt. Maybe digging holes and trenches.
Anybody know how?




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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 02:28 PM


Moving or breaking rock. How is it done? Old school sledge hammer and chisels? Or tractor with a jack hammer?



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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 02:32 PM


I think this topic is overly broad for this forum, but I will say....make sure you have your property corners well established!



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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 02:33 PM


Again? What would you do, use a hammer/shovel and take a year to dig footings and get plumbing in? Or would you pay a guy to use his backhoe and be done in a couple of days, tops?



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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 02:55 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
What is the very 1st thing that is done when building a casita? I'm guessing it has to do with moving dirt. Maybe digging holes and trenches.
Anybody know how?


Based on your first Q, I think first thing you should do is hire a competent contractor, a contractor that tolerates bone-headed questions like yours.

Re your 2nd Q, Are you asking how to dig a hole? Crikey!
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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 02:57 PM


first you need to get the money together

then draw a REAL plan

they make good computer programs for that

then a list of items you need (windows, doors...handels etc)

then where are you getting this stuff

don't start until you are ready
too many failures when you are a dreamer




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Post and pier construction. Leave all plumbing accessible and forget about pouring a slab.




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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 04:30 PM


Build a garage 1st. You'll need the storage.



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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 04:36 PM


Do what you know how to do, then hire someone who does. As Pappy used to say, "there are vast projects and there are half-vast projects. I hate half-vast work".

Also, any building BEGINS with a good foundation. That's the start of it all.

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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 05:04 PM


get a permit - Baja bureaucrats love foreigners without a permit.



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[*] posted on 9-3-2017 at 09:01 PM


The very first thing, find your ideal property and lock it up thru the fideicomiso or long term lease. then go do all the other things.
if you have already done this, then see above...

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Ten years [-1 day] is all the lease you can get and still have legal protection in court.
Haven't we been through all of this?




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[*] posted on 9-4-2017 at 06:31 AM


YUP



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[*] posted on 9-4-2017 at 06:34 AM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
Moving or breaking rock. How is it done? Old school sledge hammer and chisels? Or tractor with a jack hammer?


Well......I'm sure you know the answer, but [just for a point of interest] I watched couple of workers split up a boulder almost the size of a VW by continually pouring gas on it as it burned......then, dumping cold water over it.
Expansion.....contraction.....bang. it was in manageable pieces.



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[*] posted on 9-4-2017 at 08:00 AM


I agree with Russ. Build the garage first. Make it very secure. Put plumbing in the garage and you can also live in it while building.
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[*] posted on 9-4-2017 at 08:07 AM


for your Fishbuck....draw out your dream vision of your small casita on a napkin and figure out how it should be situated on your lot...you know do some Feng Shui and ask locals where the wind blows from so you put your doors & patio downwind....go fishing.

Find out from locals where to get the best sand, rock, gravel & good block and start stocking up on building supplies poco a poco....go fishing

We always started by digging the septic...then of course the foundation which is of the utmost importance. Make sure your windows are low enough to see out of when you are sitting in your favorite chair. It's good to be there when they build it so you can change your mind about things as you go. Figure out what way the doors will open before you put the electrical in...put in tons of outlets everywhere.

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Speaking of septic tanks.....they can be challenging depending on where yours will be in relation to sea-level.
Most contractors here don't have a clue as to the theory and building of a septic tank and leech field. Consequently, they build cesspools.....a pit in the ground with holes in the side walls and floor to drain into the surrounding ground.
The "challenging" and "sea-level" part will become apparent when you think about this. Too close to sea-saturated soil, and it will be a problem.
Your next problem may just be the strengthening Ecology Department that will take you to task for crapping in the ocean. They hate that.




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[*] posted on 9-4-2017 at 09:11 AM


Quote: Originally posted by DENNIS  

Speaking of septic tanks.....they can be challenging depending on where yours will be in relation to sea-level.
Most contractors here don't have a clue as to the theory and building of a septic tank and leech field. Consequently, they build cesspools.....a pit in the ground with holes in the side walls and floor to drain into the surrounding ground.
The "challenging" and "sea-level" part will become apparent when you think about this. Too close to sea-saturated soil, and it will be a problem.
Your next problem may just be the strengthening Ecology Department that will take you to task for crapping in the ocean. They hate that.


Would be good if the govt had a permit program to ensure septic systems were adequately designed, set back from surface waters, and built only on lots that perc.
Based on preceding questions, it appears that fishybuck has a property that is all rock, won't perc, and his cess pool will leak raw (minimally filtered) sewage to the bay. :no::no::barf:
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[*] posted on 9-4-2017 at 09:44 AM


Keep your septic tank close to your well to insure your well won't go dry.😜😜😜
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