I am about two months or less from closing on a piece of land.
Problem: once I close, I will not have much money available to build a house.
It strikes me that there must be a good way to build a house cheaply. If I were in the US, I would probably just buy a doublewide. Here, that’s not an option, so we need to get creative.
The tiny house thing won’t work well for my family for a couple of reasons.
- There are ten of us
- There are ten of us
You could also throw in #3, which is “where would I set up the giant cane mill/rum distillery,” but we’ll worry about that later.
Fortunately, in a group chat with Rachel and my mom early Sunday morning, we did manage to hash out some good ideas.
10/7/18, 7:43 AM – David: We should have land when you arrive. Almost all the paperwork is done. We may not be able to afford building on it, though. Estimates on building a good sized house are way high. Maybe we will set up tipis instead.
10/7/18, 7:45 AM – Rachel: I’m confident we’ll eventually make something work.
10/7/18, 7:46 AM – David:
10/7/18, 7:47 AM – Mom: Or the kind of shelters the Seminoles built.
10/7/18, 7:48 AM – David:
10/7/18, 7:49 AM – Mom: Oh dear no let’s go back 125 years
10/7/18, 7:51 AM – David:
10/7/18, 7:51 AM – David: Interesting. It is called a chickee house.
10/7/18, 7:51 AM – Mom: That’s it
10/7/18, 7:52 AM – Rachel: You guys are cracking me up!
10/7/18, 7:52 AM – David: Just a platform under a roof.
10/7/18, 7:53 AM – Mom: Talk about a simple life (and exposed) I mean where did they put the legos?
10/7/18, 7:54 AM – David: The white man stole all their legos. Kavanaugh oversaw it.
10/7/18, 7:54 AM – Mom: You and the boys could sleep there and build an air conditioned enclosure for Rachel and the girls lol
10/7/18, 7:54 AM – Rachel: Maybe we should build the house out of legos.
10/7/18, 7:55 AM – Rachel: I’ll take that, Mom!
10/7/18, 7:55 AM – Mom: Now you’re talking Rachel
10/7/18, 7:56 AM – David:
10/7/18, 7:56 AM – David: We just need to break down the bare essentials of what we need, then go from there.
10/7/18, 7:57 AM – David: 1. A kitchen
10/7/18, 7:57 AM – David: 2. Restroom/outhouse
10/7/18, 7:57 AM – David: 3. Sleeping area
10/7/18, 7:57 AM – David: 4. Art studio
10/7/18, 7:58 AM – David: 5. Recording studio/concert hall
10/7/18, 7:58 AM – David: 6. Indoor shooting range
10/7/18, 8:00 AM – Mom: If you can get an enclosed building securely built with electric, plumbing seems like you could finish the inside and then build up. Grandpa started with a basement which we lived in a couple of years and then the first Floor and then the second. Praying truly God will prosper your work and help you build.
My Grandpa and my Great-Grandpa both build their own homes. I can do the same – I’m just going to have to be creative about it.
Do you have any ideas on red-necking together a livable home without breaking the bank? Please let me know in the comments.