Just because you don't have to follow a rule, doesn't mean building whatever you want and hoping an unexpected storm won't take it out isn't a *really bad idea*. Hubby and I are firm believers about building "above the code" or "better than code", as the code is generally written to save lives, not to save the building (which I consider incredibly short-sighted since I'm living in a major earthquake zone where it's damp and wet all winter so if the big one hits in December and takes out our 1970's house things could get ugly fast!)
If you look up log cabin rule you will find that if the home is owner built then the only code that applies is septic.
paul salvaterra wrote: Think of building assets, cabin(s) on skids .
I am leaning in this direction then once on land build some structures alternatively like greenhouse, root cellar, shed ecetra.
Just a thought, my calculations show I can build "amish " shed at 1/2 the cost.
By the way, I know dollars are tough. If you had a cluster of well built cabins they could be sold in the future