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Hi I'm new and getting ready to build a home on 22 acres we just bought. Our plans are to build a barn first with temp. living quarters. I have been trying to figure out this building code stuff and am way confused. Not sure if I need one . My husband will call to find out. We plan on doing all the work our selves.My husband knows how to draw plans and all but we were planing on building the house mostly from stone backed up to a cliff

I dont know if this is possible or if we would be allowed to do it anyone with knowledge of ky building cods please let me know how I can find out what we can and cant do
 

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Is this a picture of the 22 acres? It looks like all vertical realestate. Is the road up above or is it down the slope
over the cliff ? I'm just asking cause it looks like you're going to need to contact the Kentucky Dept. of Mines
for a rotary mine borer and about 200 cases of dynamite.
 

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top of the hill

we own 5 acres at the top of the cliff and the remaining is down below.
Roads well kinda not really we just bought the land 1 week ago and are waiting for the new survey
to be sure of the property lines there are other building sites on the property we just thought that it
would act as a natural weather block
 

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It would be great if you'd keep posting your progress here, if you do build on this site. Lots of pictures too (maybe shrink them down a little though:wink: ) I've seen homes built into caves on tv and it's very interesting.
 

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we wanted a cave

we were hoping to find land with a cave
but no luck there so we thought this could be similar
here is a side veiw of the area sorry the other pic is
so big photobucket usually re sizes them smaller
my camera takes them twice that size
 

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It's gonna be interesting making it handicap
accessible but I think we can do it if we can get a building permit
if we need one I was reading about them and it sounds very difficult
 

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Strength of materials 101!
You may need a consultant who can gauge the strength of those rocks to see if it is even possible to use them. Natural stone properties, that is
compressive/shear/tensile/torsion strength
may be difficult to predict.
 

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Your going to need to call in the pros here. A soils report from a soil engineer along with a structural engineer and an architect would save you a lot of headache, heartache and money in the long run.

Best of luck to you. You could do something really special w/ that site.
 

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even if we cant build the house there we will put something there other ideas for the spot have been a privet garden hot tub BBQ area it's our favorite site on the property and it has almost 3 walls we want to see how deep the dirt is there in the middle and whats under it more rock I'm guessing we are going back out this weekend I will get better pics and try for some measurements
 

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more pics

we were considering putting the front door between these two rocks I took this pic from on top of the cliff
 
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