Some time ago I started telling people that when we move back up north we are going to find our property and live on it – in a yurt – while we build our house. For a variety of reasons, that seems impractical now. There are a lot of details we can’t foresee, so I really don’t know what is going to happen. But our vision is something like this. We will find our property, (here it’s a little fuzzy…..) live somewhere – canvas prospecting tents on site? rental house? small, livable dwelling already on property? – and we will build a tiny house using some of the ideas we want to incorporate into our next house. We are finding some inspiration for small houses at Balewatch.com. This idea has grown out of my initial thought of living in a yurt temporarily, more recently by Graeme’s enjoyment of Mortgage-Free!: Radical Strategies for Home Ownership by Rob Roy, and by our living experience in this current house. The square footage of the main floor is about 770. Everyone spends the majority of their time – together – on this level. Children like to play near parents, friends like to gather near the kitchen, everyone likes to be in an area with natural light. The upstairs is used primarily for sleeping – nothing else. The basement is used for laundry and not much else. The kids always play down there when they have friends over, but otherwise it’s not used a lot. Of course, there are things stored upstairs and in the basement that would all have to fit in a much smaller space! The small house idea adds a new degree of challenge to getting rid of all unnecessary items in the next year! I’m sure we would also put some things into storage for a while. Every day I think of new things that could make a space this size better utilized. There are too many unknowns at this point to know what we’ll end up doing, but this is our running game plan.
I would love so much to be immediately on our land. We want to start making trails, exploring, preparing gardens, planting trees, cultivating native edibles, building forts, raising chickens (and ducks for Noah!), listening to owls, feeding birds…….. so somehow we’d like to plant ourselves immediately on our land and stay there.