Hello and thank you all for taking time supporting this thread and community by answering questions. I'm not here to ask very general questions. I've looked at a lot of threads on here and it has answered most of those. Such as the drive through Canada and their rules, yearly utilities, if you would all do it again and the changes AK has gone through within the last 20 years. I don't think tv shows portray the real life there and I didn't base my expectations off that. For a little about me, I own a business here in mainland and will be selling it to fund my relocation. Best thing I can do is get land and build a home, which is really hard to do here in Portland, OR, the real estate here is just through the roof. And renting here or there is about the same. I am seeking a more wholesome and fulfilling lifestlye with less people in general around. Less chasing paychecks and the competition of over half a million people in a city. I have a lot of big ideas for my property and what I would like to have on it.
I am interested in moving to Fairbanks or that general area. I have looked at surrounding lots of land 30 mins to an hour out of town, such as North Pole, SW near Denali and to the North around Goldstream area. What area would be best and for what reasons?
My experience with building here in OR, is foundation is about 12" and basements aren't a problem. I have researched the permafrost zones there and I'm not entirely sure how the foundation is supposed to work. I also plan on bringing a water pump and water heater and was curious how far down do I have to go to hit water? I also would really like to have a basement/root cellar but I read that flooding can be an issue. So does anyone have any building advice and how to proceed? Know anyone there who can provide a quoted cost of concrete as well for foundation?
My best friend and I will both be making this move and plan on visiting 2015 summer to buy our land and find a dry cabin to move there. Then the 2016 spring we will move up and hopefully have the foundation ready to begin, so we can begin our framing, etc. We know and expect our first year or two there to be our most expensive.
Also, a lot of the land we looked at said that electricity was available. Is it pretty expensive to have it run out to our land? When we build our house, we plan on keeping is simple at first, but pre-run the electrical and plumbing for expansions later.
My research so far of Fairbanks is that it has a lot more modern amenities than I originally thought and that my Verizon service will work up there. We're not looking to live a fully on the grid life, but like to have the options and want to be close enough to town to seek social and modern enjoyment. We plan on bringing some solar panels as well.
Another question of mine, is there anything we should bring along with our move that is harder to find there or less accessible? I saw there was a Lowes in town so that is pretty nice.
Overall we are both handy men and can do most of this work ourselves but could really use a connection prior to our move to get a more accurate insight of what to be prepare and organized for. I'm sorry this is so much to read but thank you for taking the time and for any advice you can provide.