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Building a home in Kalispell MT
A little more than six weeks ago we arrived in the beautiful state of Montana. Specifically, we landed in the Flathead Valley which is in the northwestern part of the state. It's a beautiful place with mountains to the west, north and east, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi, and rivers, streams and gorgeous vistas as far as the eye can see. This is also the area where our 25+ acres of land sit, awaiting our future home. When we arrived, we lived in our camping trailer for a week or so, then found a rental home which will keep us safe and warm until our home is ready. Never having built a home before, this is an enlightening experience. Here are some of my a-ha's.
First, when you move to an area where you're planning to build a home, you need to check the local rules regarding permits. In my area, if you live in the city of Kalispell, you need permits for everything. For example, you need to submit a site plan, foundation plan, floor plans, elevations, framing plans, elevations, and the like for review. You need a permit for a deck, detached garage, electricity, mechanicals and plumbing. This ... more
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