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Re: My tiny house build

Postby facechicken » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:15 am

Well I finally got the old house sold (I guess all the papers are signed and all but not official yet). The new buyer and I haggled for a week before we came to a price, but at this point I am just glad to not have to deal with it anymore......didn't make all the money that I wanted to on it, but I made enough and I don't have to mess with it ever again. Now I can focus all of my attention on the new house finally. hopefully in December we will be really hammering away at the build, at this point it all depends on the weather....and around here it can be -40 or75 in December so we sill see :lol:
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Re: My tiny house build

Postby 712edf » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:43 pm

facechicken wrote:I am just glad to not have to deal with it anymore...... I don't have to mess with it ever again.

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This feeling is Priceless! :dance

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Re: My tiny house build

Postby LAWFISH » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:38 am

Im not trying to hijack your thread but we think alike. IM much older just turning 56 last month but its the 'MORTGAGE FREE" thing I have been chasing for fifteen years. I HATED having a mortgage. We ate 300K in 2008 with the housing issues across the country and sold a 600K home for 250K in 2013 as it never recovered. That said I was lucky and bought 175 acres in Idaho 14 years ago when it was cheap. I could never afford it today. I retired 4 years ago last june at age 51 (also lucky ) and decided to move on and eat that loss.

I had a partial pole barn build that I started on my Idaho property and I lived in my old fifth wheel for the first summer as I enclosed the pole barn into a shop for a work place and added a 500 sq ft cabin to the side, complete with kitchen and rock hearth. My wife and I had purchased a small flip home in a nearby town cheap and she and my daughter lived there and fixed it up.

We moved into this 500 sq ft which has a full bathroom and pantry in the shop and the wife slept on a couch while I slept on the floor on a blow up mattress for the first winter. We had no $ left after bills each month for two years. I added on 500 sq ft mud room and large bedroom to that cabin the following year out of pocket at a 5K cost total as I do ALL of my own building since I can not afford help.

So then we were living in 1,000 sq ft of rustic cabin living. I had torn down three local barns for access to free barn wood for cosmetic rustic lumber.

Then last year we sold off that home to become debt free except y 2012 cummins. I then sold off my 70 cuda vert for building capital. Then last spring we started this build. Im not into a tiny home as we want space. I hired a framer for the framing and concrete since I simply could not do it alone and assisted as a third helper. I also did not want to be 28 feet in the air. 12 years ago I added a two acre pond to this property at a cost of 4K. Its now 12 years old and the setting for the home.

I am now broke again and this house will take a couple of years t finish with my monthly pension. My cost to build this from foundation to roughed in was under 50K. Our next step is a 1400 sq ft wrap around porch, which is aprox 12K in material/ quality cedar decking ect and mono trusses for the covered porch are $3300 alone. But if you have little or no debt or mortgage then your MONEY GOES A LONG WAYS. Also negotiating with builders or who ever saves a lot. I am doing all the contracting stuff, plans dealing with the county and state ect.

So im figuring 50K more to have this home totally done maybe 40K. That puts this 2,000 sq ft cabin style build with 1400 sq ft of porch in the inexpensive class for a home. Its all correctly done in every aspect. I had a septic and well so thats not included in costs to build.

Most people let alone a wife wont do what my wife did to get where we are. My wife is a cancer survivor when she was 47, now 54 so our perspective is now different. I was making very good money and could have stayed forever but whats the point when your paying for a home out west were things are pricey.

Now what you see here is a debt free mortgage build on a 175 acres that costs me under $800 a year in property tax. We will raise most of our food and already grow a lot of it as I just dont trust a lot of the foods they are selling us these day. After someone you loves has cancer, you read what your eating more carefully.

This property has three building permits and its my dream to build my daughter each a home with the help of their husbands to get them out of the rat race and live more freely.

Now, that said I no longer build cudas, challengers and expensive cars that I did for 25 years and dont own any. Trucks up here are cheap and I will continue to find them and build them. I have a shop addition planned after the home as well as a barn. Next week I take possession of the only other thing I will make payments on, a 2018 Yanmar 359C. A 4x4 tractor. After last winter and our five feet of snow sitting here ( that apparently never happens) it almost killed me and my 43 year old cheap yanmar) Plus I am ag exempt and have cattle on here that I get paid for two weeks a year. I happy to claim that 2-3K in income to write off a ton of other things including this new tractor which will keep the snow gone, help create the orchards, fields ect in check and help with a cattle ranch down the road.

I think my point is you can do this at 36 or 56. You dont have to be on that hamster wheel of life thats seems to be never ending. As I type im in my fifth year of retirement and love it. I work hard daily for my wife and I. Had I started thinking this way at 36 instead of 41 I would be way ahead of where I am now.

It takes a leap of faith and friends will think your crazy but EVERY PERSON has has visited cant believe what we have done. And a few have decided to do the same.
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Re: My tiny house build

Postby 712edf » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:05 pm

Good read Lawfish! Glad you got off the "hamster wheel".

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