I have also posted this in Iowa Sportsman but thought I would stop in here too so I can get as much advice as possible. So I have always had this dream of someday owning a little getaway cabin on a piece of land in the middle of nowhere. I took the first step to this in March of this year and bought a 6 acre piece of wooded property in Southern IA. It sits off a dead end gravel road and has access to a small river. I'm super pumped. Anyways, I want to build a small cabin (probably 12x20) to be able to stay in when I go down there. It won't have plumbing, but if possible I think I would like to trench in electrical from the road to have lights and a few outlets. Also looking into solar as an option. Does anyone have any experience doing this? Do I need to notify the county and get special building permits for this? Also, do I need to just set up an appointment with the electrical company to find out of I can even trench a line in? I'm very new to this, and have some minor building experience, but this will be a whole new ball game. I can already start to see my dream come true, but want to make sure I do it right the first time. Thanks in advance for any advice!!!