This is my summer project and I will be adding to this page every couple of weeks. The USDA decided in November 2013 that anyone who owns 4 or more breeding females must adhere to the standards of the AWA if they wish to ship puppies for the sole purpose of being pets. Its ok to ship puppies that will be breeding animals but not a pup that will be a pet - those must be hand delivered to their new owners. This is why we currently will not do any shipping at all. The entire AWA (Animal Welfare Act) can be read online but essentially is is a standard for shelters, research facilities and the like. Now, everyone that has 4 or more females that sells pets must adhere to it or be faced with fines of around $10,000. This new law says people can build a shelter for their animals that meet the standards for about $500 because aparently it is now illegal for my animals to share my house and couch they must have their own separate house. Really? $500? The AWA states that all animals must be keep in raised wire cages or on concrete with floor drains. Also they must have heat, airconditioning and humidity control. $500? OK, lets test this theory of $500. But first, you need to know, that although our government is forcing me to build this building to comply with these laws that my dogs will still be on my couch and my babies will still be born beside my bed. And now on to my $500 building.......... We are not hiring a contractor and will be doing all work ourselves so all the prices discussed below DO NOT INCLUDE LABOR COSTS.
Here's a link to 157 page document Animal Welfare Act
Heres a link to the FAQ reguarding the Retail Pet Store Final Rule
heres the part of the yard targeted for the building and if you look carefully you will see my little yellow string marking the square for the building.
Heres my little wheelbarrow and my little shovel and I will now remove the sod. Please note all work on this project is done by hand, no machines are used
Starting the ditch woork for the water, power and footers
Laying out the lines for the 11 floor drains
Starting the form building for the concrete
19,000 pounds of gravel wheelbarrowed in
Vaporbarrior plastic and plumbing ready
2" styrofoam being installed as the floor needs to be insulated as radiant floor heat is being used
Here is the water lines for the radiant heat going in. The lines are strapped to the steel floor wire
Just in the floor the material (NO LABOR!) cost is almost $5,000!! The days of labor to this point is about 30 days. Thinking they were wayyyy off in their monitary estimates as this is just the beginning.
Now that the floor is in I need to put the deck on the house to tie the current area to the new area and to add convient access to the doghouse as the elevation difference is 4'-5' from the house. None of the decking costs will be in the $$ totals
OK, another 2 weeks and now the deck and stairs are done and they lead.... well, nowhere so far. Time for some walls!!
Ok, all the walls are up and .......
now time for the posts and banding that will make up the outside covered areas
And adding the trusses!
Here I am, 85 degree day, getting ready for the LAST sheet of sheathing!!
Exactly 3 months from breaking ground - we have a roof! Now we just need some siding, windows, doors, plumbing, electric, insulation, walls & ceilings and the doghouse will be close to done :)
Stack of exterior ceiling waiting
R 15 in the walls, R38 in the ceiling
Ceilings and walls now done. Concrete sealed. Dog doors going in. Putting FRP sheets ($32 each sheet and so far have 12 - will need more) on the lower walls and building dividers. The $500 that was estimated to be able to build a building to their specifications is laughable. Admittedly, I could have done this ALOT cheaper than I have but definately not $500.