Building A Small Cottage In The Woods? Skip Public Utilities

Posted on: 1 September 2016

If you are building a small cottage out in the woods and aren't sure what type of amenities are worth paying for and what utilities you should make self-sufficient on the property, there are some things to consider. You want to be sure that you don't have to depend on the city and the nearest town when you want to flush your toilet, get a drink, or when you need to heat the cottage. Here are a few things to consider.

Benefits of a Septic System

With your own septic system, you don't have to worry about problems with city pipelines and with the city sewage. You don't have to pay to tap into the city sewage lines and don't have to pay a fee for sewage. If you are in an area where it's easiest to have your septic system installed, get quotes and find out what it will cost. Since you're constructing a new home, your septic system should last as long as you're the homeowner. If this system doesn't get overused, it should be easy to maintain.

Reasons to Get Your Own Well

Paying for city water or trying to get a tap to hook up to city water isn't needed for a small cottage, especially if you don't want to pay for water when you aren't using the property. Your own well will be easy to maintain, and if there are problems with the local water, you'll still be able to drink and shower at your home.

Perks of Having a Heat Pump

If the cottage isn't a place where you plan on spending a lot of time in the winter or the temperatures in your climate don't get too low, you'll want to look into getting a heat pump for your property. The heat pump doesn't require a natural gas line that is controlled by a utility company, so you can use it to heat and cool the cottage.

If you are going to build a cottage in the woods and you don't want to spend the money to get city water, sewage, and natural gas line put in, look into these alternative options instead. This will help the cottage be self-sufficient, and you won't have to worry about having to pay for a lot of utilities when you aren't using the cottage or when you aren't using those specific utilities each month.

For more information, contact local professionals like Lutzky Contracting.