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Tips For Building in Remote Locations
Home Home Real Estate
By: Julian Arhire Email Article
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Material Transportation

Transporting building materials is done in many ways, all of which vary considerably in cost. They are barging, sledding, skidding, fly in and road building.

1. Barging your materials to your site, requires two major factors. One, navigable water ways and two, road access to the waterway. This tends to be one of the cheaper, more effective means of transport and allows builders to bring in heavy equipment or supplies, which can lower construction costs.

2. Skidding materials to a building site has one major requirement, this is that a logging road or open path be clear of trees and major obstructions, which would allow the builder to "drag" the supplies behind a tractor or bulldozer. In a way, this is often the choice of many, because it provides, not only material shipment to the site, but also paves the way (so to speak) for future road accesses. This method also allows the use of heavy equipment and occasionally, the import of sand and gravel for weeping or drainage systems. This method is another fairly cheap alternative, but varies depending on the distance and local terrain.

3. Sledding material to jobsite can only be done during the winter months. This of course, means that the builder must leave the material, on site, until the spring and summer months when they can return to construct the building. What sledding means is that the material is brought to the jobsite, during the winter months, by pulling large sleighs or toboggans behind snow machines or snow cats. Builders utilize existing waterways, creeks and rivers as snow covered roadways. This method takes a fair amount of accuracy in estimating the total amount of building materials required, for missed items can lead to large expenses for transportation by other means. However, this is the cheapest means of remote location building in US.

4. Fly in building is by far the most expensive means of construction. The cost of airfreight by plan is very high. Considering that your only airstrips are the natural lakes and large rivers, and that float planes are quite a bit smaller than wheeled plans, you will find building locations limited, as well as a large number of flights required to import materials. Heavy equipment is out of the question, as their size and weight pose a problem in air freighting. When utilizing this method it is important to consider the extensive use of material located at the site (i.e. Building log homes on stone foundations).

5. Road building can be, and often is, the most expensive means of building, of course this depends on the distances you have to span, terrain type and water crossings, let alone the environmental laws, local by laws. Ministry requirements, permits and other legal considerations you would have to address. The cost of a road varies but expect to pay as much as $7,000.00 per mile for just a simple, bulldozed dirt access road. The advantages are great, you get road access after construction, and the supply costs are minimal. As well, if you own property adjacent to your building site, the values of the properties increase dramatically.

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Julian Arhire is a Manager with - carries more than 35,000 HVAC products, including industrial, commercial and residential parts and equipment from Honeywell, Johnson Contols, Robertshaw, Jandy, Grundfos, Armstrong and more.

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