The plan is to do as much of the construction as possible to keep the out of pocket cost for labour as low as possible. I am fortunate to have three strapping adult sons, two of which have significant experience in construction.
My eldest in fact is a heavy equipment operator. So I thought I had the perfect solution for excavating for the foundation and the septic system. However, I am encountering some obstacles.
- All equipment like backhoes must have a vehicle license and plate in Quebec - so I can't bring one from Ottawa, Ontario
- The distance from Ottawa to Otter Lake (where the cottage lot is) is about 125 km
- I can't find a local backhoe that doesn't come with an operator (hence labour cost)
So it looks like if I wish to keep close to the budget then I will likely have to use a local backhoe and operator.
Stay tuned I am still investigating.