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Sunsets over the water from 5 bedroom home

Great views of Cocolalla lake. Pride in ownership in this like new 5BR 3 bath home on 1.84 Ac. Great Room Chalet with balcony. Large family room, Office, Den, fireplace, Daylight Bsmt. Views from every level. Solid Pine doors and cabinets. Radiant Floor Heat, Decks, Balcony, landscaping, and covered porch. Chicken chalet and a dog run. mild ccrs on County Road. $299,000



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314 Overlake View Rd
Cocolalla, ID 83813 

5 Beds 3 Baths 


Price $299,000
Bedroom(s) 5
Bathroom(s) 3
Year 2007
Lot Size 1.84 acres
Schools Lake Pend Orielle
Area Cocolalla
Square Feet 2624
Address 314 Overlake View Rd
City / Locality Cocolalla, ID 83813

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Come camping or build your home on 5.70 acres with springs located between 2 lakes


Attention pilots 5.70 acre parcel near Timber Basin Airfield, Providence Lake and minutes from Garfield Bay. Great property to camp on or build your dream home.  Driveway and cleared building site surrounded by big trees, outstanding mountain views and tons of wildlife. A great place to build your dream hom. Phone and electric nearby and no CCRs. Owner financing may be possible. Contact Rain Silverhawk of Keller Williams (208)610-0011

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Providence Lake Loop
Sagle, ID 83860 



Price $65,000
Lot Size 5.70
Schools Lake Pend Oreille
Area Sagle
Address 00 Providence Lake Loop
City / Locality Sagle, ID 83860

Horse property, riding arena, fenced pasture, trails, barn

 Horse property, riding arena, fenced pasture, trails, barn

Sand Creek meanders through this 12 acre horse property bordering USFS. 3 bedrooms with a den or office that could be made into a 4th bedroom. Built in 2006 with covered deck, mountain views, gazebo, fire pit, barn, riding arena, round pen, loafing shed, double walled pump house root cellar, swimming hole, fruit trees, garden area, pond, field fence for goats or horses. There is even a great sledding hill. County maintained road and entire property accessible by vehicle. Ride your horse to Bloom lake or hundreds of miles of trails. Quite solitude with no train noise, easy year round access, and the perfect ranch set up with all the hard work done.

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98 Poor
Samuels, ID 83864 

3 Beds 2 Baths 

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Price $225,000
Bedroom(s) 3
Bathroom(s) 2
Year 2006
Lot Size 12 acres
Schools Lake Pend Oreille
Square Feet 1782
Address 98 Poor
City / Locality Samuels, ID 83864


Waterfront home for sale in Sagle Idaho


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Keller Williams Realty

2,380 sq ft Waterfront Home


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395 Raven View Drive
Sagle, ID 83860 

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 


Price $749,000
Bedroom(s) 3
Bathroom(s) 2.5
Garage 1
Year 1993
Lot Size .67
Schools Lake Pend Oreille
Area sagle
Square Feet 2380
Address 395 Raven View Drive
City / Locality Sagle, ID 83860



3 bedroom home on acreage and lake views

Total Privacy With Filtered Lake & Mountain Views! Wonderful 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath home w/open floor plan, 2,919 sq ft, tongue & groove vaulted ceilings, built-in fireplace, laundry room & central air. Handicap access throughout main floor of home. Open deck w/outdoor seating & covered hot tub, perfect for year around entertainment. All on 5 wooded acres, nice garden area, fruit trees, sprinkler system, beautifully landscaped, attached over sized 2-car garage, & large detached 4 bay shop w/lots of storage. Owner will consider lease option.


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Privacy With Lake views 3 bed 2.5 bath

502 Overlake View Road
Cocolalla, ID 83813
3 Beds 2.5 Baths

Price $300,000
Bedroom(s) 3
Bathroom(s) 2.5
Garage 2
Year 1995
Lot Size 5.06
Schools Lake Pend Oreille
Area Cocoalla
Square Feet 2919
Address 502 Overlake View Road
City / Locality Cocolalla, ID 83813





















Understanding Septic Tanks: Waste Treatment for Rural Homes


If you’re buying property in an urban or suburban setting, chances are good that the home is connected to a municipal sewage system. If, however, you’re looking at purchasing a home on acreage or in a rural setting, waste may be handled through a septic tank. Proper care and maintenance is key to keeping your household sewage disposal system running properly, and with a bit of knowledge, you can avoid the expense and hassle of a poorly functioning septic system.

Septic Systems: A Common Waste Handling Strategy

Septic systems rely on bacteria to digest organic solid waste while fluid waste is gradually leached into porous surrounding soil. Homeowners who use septic tanks are completely responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of these sewage systems, and most states have laws requiring that the systems be maintained in order to protect human and environmental health.

Septic systems include a pipe that connects the home plumbing to a septic tank. In the septic tank, wastes are separated by gravity. Solids (also called sludge) settle to the bottom of the tank. Oils and grease float to the top. The remaining wastewater exits into a drain field where microbes in the soil remove most remaining contaminants.

Types of Septic Systems

There are a variety of septic systems for a range of soil types, and they vary widely in terms of cost, complexity, and maintenance requirements. All systems start with a tank for holding solid waste and grease and end with some sort of drainfield for liquid effluent, but these drainfields can look very different depending on soil composition and depth. A percolation test, which determines how much water the soil can filter, will probably be needed by property owners wishing to install a new septic system.

According to King County in Washington state, there are four common septic system types:

Gravity drainfields. These rely on gravity to carry liquid waste through a series of pipes, situated below the tank, where it is allowed to leach into permeable soil. When the pipes are located above the tank, a pump is required to move waste uphill.

Pressure distribution drainfields. These include a pump, which puts fluid waste into the system intermittently, using pressure to fill all sections of piping evenly. This type of system is better for systems where the soil depth and quality is insufficient to handle gravity-fed waste.

Sand filter systems. These use added sand, usually held in a box of concrete or plastic, as a pre-soil filtering step and are useful when soil is not of the right depth or type for absorbing unfiltered fluid waste. These systems include a pump and pipes, laid in gravel above the sand, to distribute the waste across the length and breadth of the filter.

Mound systems. These are another option for sites with insufficient topsoil, and include a mound of sand, gravel, and pressurized piping above or, occasionally, beneath the ground surface. Sewage is filtered through this man-made hill before it enters the soil below.

Septic System Inspections

Many states require septic system inspections whenever a property is sold. If you’re shopping for a rural home in a state that doesn’t require this step, you should have an inspection performed for your own safety. A faulty septic system can be an expensive and troublesome problem, so hire a professional to evaluate the system before you buy.

Once you own a home, the septic system should continue to be professionally inspected on a regular basis. Some local health departments require annual inspections, while others rely on homeowners to decide when an inspection is warranted. Your state or county environmental health department can help you plan an inspection schedule for your own septic system.

Septic System Maintenance

Septic systems can work very effectively, provided they are regularly maintained. Sludge should be pumped out by a professional every three to five years, on average. These pump-outs, which need to take place before the tank is over 50 percent capacity, are important and would be impossible without the right equipment, so leave this dirty job to a licensed professional. Observing the process is a good way to learn more about your septic system’s maintenance needs.

Septic System Dos and Don’ts

Homes using septic systems should follow certain guidelines to keep the septic tank working properly. Failure to do so can cause waste to seep up through the drainfield or back up into the home. The EPA publishes a guide to septic systems for homeowners, which includes a lot of information about looking after your tank and drainfield.

To help maintain septic systems, homeowners should:

Avoid pouring household cleaners and chemicals down drains. These can damage microbial activity in the septic tank.

Flush only bodily wastes and toilet paper. Things like sanitary napkins will not break down and can cause harm to your septic system.

Only use plants with shallow roots over their septic drain field, as shrub and tree roots can damage the system. Contact your own local agricultural extension office for information that’s specific to your growing conditions.

Practice proactive water conservation. Dripping taps and leaky toilets can overwhelm a septic system, which relies on a normal balance between solid and liquid matter to function.

Important Questions for Homebuyers

If you’re considering a home that is not connected to a municipal sewage treatment system, ask a lot of questions before you buy. First, find out whether your state or county requires regular inspections or time-of-transfer inspections. If it doesn’t, have the system inspected anyway. The Connecticut Department of Health recommends asking the following questions:

“What does the existing septic system consist of?”

“Is it working properly?”

“How long will it last?”

“If it fails, how much will a replacement system cost?”

It is also important to know exactly where the parts of the septic system are located, when the system was last inspected or pumped, and whether the homeowner has ever had any trouble with the septic system’s performance. By learning more about these common sewage-treatment systems, you can make septic system ownership a simple, headache-free experience.

DIY Flooring Installation


Installing a new floor is a great way to liven up your house. Before you change your floor, however, you need to decide what type of flooring is best suited to your budget and lifestyle. Hardwood floors are a classic choice, while many homeowners prefer the ease of tile or the affordability of laminate flooring. While some floors can be installed by an inexperienced homeowner, other floor types require the services of a professional or an experienced handyman.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors have always been a popular choice. Beautiful, traditional wood floors can last a lifetime if properly maintained and, because hardwood floors are more hygienic than carpet, they are a good choice for people with allergies. The National Wood Flooring Association, points out that wood is:






Hardwood floor types can be new or salvaged and might be smooth, distressed, or hand-scraped for an antique look. Stains give you a variety of color choices, even allowing oak to masquerade as rare exotic lumber. Research all your options before investing in a hardwood floor, as each of the many choices offers advantages of its own.

Maintaining Hardwood Floors

Prefinished hardwood flooring can be expensive, but it is easy to maintain. To keep your hardwood floor looking its best, you should put down area rugs in places that get a lot of foot traffic. You should also damp mop your floor frequently to remove dust and dirt. If your hardwood floors get a few minor scratches, you can repair them with a touch-up stick. Solid hardwood floors can be refinished if they have a lot of scuffmarks, which is one advantage over other products like laminate flooring.

Installing Hardwood Flooring

If you have never installed any type of flooring, you might want to hire a professional to lay your hardwood floors. Get an estimate, ask for references and never pay for the entire job upfront. If you do decide to do it yourself, do your homework because installing flooring can be tricky. The following tools are needed for installing hardwood floors:

Circular saw

Measuring tape

Nail gun or hammer

Table saw


Floor sealant


Safety glasses

According to Steve Seabaugh, director of technical education for the NWFA, installers of wood floors must take care to:

Check the subfloor for flatness.

Avoid laying over particleboard, which does not hold nails well.

Acclimatize wood to the space in which it will be installed.

Laying hardwood floors takes time, and this last step adds several days to your project calendar. The flooring should sit in your home for at least 48 hours before installation in order to expose it to the room’s environment. This allows it to expand or contract according to the temperature and humidity of the room. If this takes place after the floor is laid, you’ll wind up with shifting boards and uneven flooring. In addition to this brief period of acclimatization, plan to spend at least a few full days installing hardwood floors, depending on the size of your home.

Quick-Growing Alternatives to Hardwoods

Some homeowners choose cork or bamboo floors as an alternative to hardwood. These faster-growing products can be “green” in more ways than one – gentle on the planet and on your wallet. Prefinished bamboo is made from a grass and performs much like hardwood when it’s used as flooring. Cork is a wood-bark product that can also make an attractive floor. According to BuildGreen’s independently publishedEnvironmental Building News, the most eco-friendly bamboo floors are those with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

Tile Flooring

Tile is another beautiful choice and a great option for DIY flooring. The price of tile varies greatly because there are so many choices, from ceramics and terra-cotta to marble and slate. Regardless of the price, tile is extremely durable and will last for decades with proper care.

Before installing new floors, you should first learn as much as you can about how to tile. Many hardware stores and home centers offer classes in tiling. You can also hire a professional to install your tile floor, but this will greatly increase the price of your total flooring expenses.

When you do undertake a tiling job, be sure you already understand the process. You’ll need to be sure your subfloor is suitable and then create a level bed of mortar. Tiles will be set according to a careful plan, with room left between for grout. After the mortar has set, you’ll fill the gaps with grout, carefully wiping the surface of the tiles as you go. Finally, a week or more later, you’ll seal the grout to protect it from stains.

Tile-Laying Supplies

The basic supplies for laying tile include:

Grout floats

Mortar trowels


Tile cutters

Tile grout, mortar, and sealant

Tile saw

Tape measure



Rags and a sponge

Installing tile flooring will take time, as grout and mortar take several days to dry. You should expect to get your hands dirty during this process, but the end result will be one of the most easily maintained flooring options out there.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is made from a synthetic material that looks like hardwood or tile. Laminate flooring is a great choice for anyone who wants the look of hardwood or tile but doesn’t have a big budget to work with. Laminate flooring is usually less than half the cost of hardwood floors.

Another advantage of laminate flooring is that almost anyone can install it. For most types of laminate flooring, the manufacturer’s instructions are easy to follow and the pieces snap into place for “lock and click” installation. According to the North American Laminate Flooring Association, glue and fasteners are usually not required. Durability and affordability are listed by NALFA alongside ease of installation asreasons to consider a laminate floor.

Eco-friendly Laminates

Environmental concerns can sway consumers towards laminates, too. A product with NALFA’s green seal will have the following features, according to the association’s website:

Natural ingredients such as wood chips


Low emissions

Recycled content

No VOC-producing installation adhesives

Easy to Buy, Install and Maintain

Caring for and maintaining laminate floors is very easy – simply sweep or wet-mop regularly. With excellent care, laminate floors can last up to 20 years. The time and skill required to install a laminate floor are relatively low, making this a popular choice for first-time DIY floor installations.

A Floor for Every Lifestyle

Whether you choose easy laminates, classic hardwoods, or beautiful tile, your floor will help define your home’s personality. By matching your budget, taste, and skill to the best product for you, you can find a DIY flooring solution that will make your home more comfortable, beautiful, and valuable.

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