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Re: Is it possible to build a cabin in the woods?

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yep, I have an old grotto in the woods next to my property. it is on it's own residentially zoned plot of land though. You need to look for an existing building and 'restore' it as these plots are grandfathered and are now all forest zoned where you can't build. Mine had water, drainage and electricity which would otherwise be even more pricey to add.
We have solar and generator power, wood heating, gas stove, rainwater from the neighbor's large collection roof, and a septic drain field. 50cm walls, so 5x11m outside, 4x10m inside.

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We have solar and generator power, wood heating, gas stove, rainwater from the neighbor's large collection roof, and a septic drain field. 50cm walls, so 5x11m outside, 4x10m inside.

Tom
if you could drill though the walls (big if), you could add a split system with the compressor hidden under a wooden cover. I sneaked one in without asking like this. invisible.
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Old 02.12.2020, 16:02
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Re: Is it possible to build a cabin in the woods?

I wonder if this guy has permission?

https://www.englishforum.ch/other-ge...ml#post3245407
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Re: Is it possible to build a cabin in the woods?

Maybe there's something on this site that would be suitable for one of you: for you, Susie-Q, or you, Talk to you later, or you, Curley.
For sale:
https://www.sentiero.ch/de66_berghue...uf-verkauf.htm

For rent, albeit only holiday rentals:
https://www.sentiero.ch/de65_berghue...miete-kauf.htm
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Isn't that something totally different? You can build a garden shed and a grill there, but not for living (or even staying for a night recreationally).
Mmm... yet, I'd always thought of Schrebergarten as looking like this, and as such the very opposite of getting away from other folks.
https://www.google.com/search?q=schr...Vr0dUoazEVXdCM

But then I saw this, to my surprise also called a Schrebergarten.
https://www.immoscout24.ch/de/d/schr...t=12&ci=5&pn=1
Whether it would be permitted to dwell there, I don't know.
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Old 02.12.2020, 22:14
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Mmm... yet, I'd always thought of Schrebergarten as looking like this, and as such the very opposite of getting away from other folks.
https://www.google.com/search?q=schr...Vr0dUoazEVXdCM

But then I saw this, to my surprise also called a Schrebergarten.
https://www.immoscout24.ch/de/d/schr...t=12&ci=5&pn=1
Whether it would be permitted to dwell there, I don't know.
Most likely the reason why no. 2 is advertized as "Schrebergarten" is because most likely one is not allowed to live/take a holiday there. The phrasing of the ad gives me hunches. <<kehren Sie anschliessend gestärkt in den Arbeitsalltag zurück.>>

Great place though. Wish more people would sell tiny bodies of land a long way from anybody else yet still with such good access here.
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Re: Is it possible to build a cabin in the woods?

In short, you can buy one, but you can't build one unless you buy one, destroy it, and rebuild it to the same volume.

(external m3 are what matter, not the actual dimensions)

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Re: Is it possible to build a cabin in the woods?

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Hi all,

Where I come from, it is possible to buy a small piece of land in the middle of nowhere and build a small cabin as weekend or permanent home. North America is rather vast, so the possibility is of course easier.

Is this at all achievable here in Switzerland? I know lands are heavily zoned/protected (which is a good thing). I can't imagine any other kind of home ownership I would want in my lifetime, it would be a dream come true.

Thanks!
Close to the forest - possible. In the forest - not possible. Most wooded areas are natural parks or reservations. Plus it would be more difficult to have all the comfort i.e. utilities. Depending on the area of course, I think it wouldn't be so secluded anyway.

Why not make your dream come true in your home country? Just imagine what you can build there with the same amount of money.
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Re: Is it possible to build a cabin in the woods?

Possible to 'not build' on not buildable land - eg with a Igloo house or mobile home, with dry toilet. Or Yurt- gipsy caravan.
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Possible to 'not build' on not buildable land - eg with a Igloo house or mobile home, with dry toilet. Or Yurt- gipsy caravan.
There's this "thing" called tiny houses on wheels, very popular in North-America, not sure it's the same thing.

I must say, they can be very comfortable (judging by the reactions the new owners have), though I wonder how efficient is the heating system if you live in a cold valley. You must be a minimalist at heart, I suppose. No room for tons of books or toys, or whatever fills your house at the current moment. One must be very disciplined too, regularly discard the toilet/fill the water reservoir.
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Re: Is it possible to build a cabin in the woods?

Yes, they are very well insulated. As a holiday/week-end house- perfect and no issue re building permits, land etc Same for Yurt or Gipsy caravan.


If OP wants to try, I know a great place on the Mt D'Or in nearby France - to go and try both the Gypsy caravan and Yourte- with dry WCs. An amazing little place in the middle of no-where on the mountain, with a small wood clad restaurant where everything is cooked on wood stove with local food and foraged stuff- amazing. It actually featured on the Monica Galetti's programme on food in the Franche-Comté area. Donkeys too ... lol


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