Since our big, beautiful old house in town is selling, we began the search for a house to rent while we prepare to build our Finally Farmhouse.
We found one potentially viable house.
Super tiny (we’d still need to rent storage) and only three blocks from our present house—rather than closer to the farm where we’ll be overseeing construction—it was not a very good option.
And so we’ve decided to be adventuresome.
After living in over 3000 square feet of classic, high-ceilinged gorgeousness for more than a decade, we’ll soon be moving directly to the farm and living in this baby.
Some say building a house is one of the hardest things a couple can do together. I hope we’re not pushing our luck!
we may be crazy, but we’re getting a little excited. Just think of the advantages:
- Change address only once That’s huge!
- No yard to mow
- House cleaning won’t take long
- No room for clutter
- Boxes can be stored in the barn
- Money savings
- Front row seat for farmhouse construction I can hardly wait!
Of course, there are disadvantages, too:
- Lots of advance planning necessary before packing up the household for a year
- Keep access to all tax documents
- Separately store projects to be tackled while house is being built (Rugs to clean. Furniture to repair/refinish. Christmas recipes to cook on our tiny stovetop.)
- Minimal space for a year’s worth of clothes
- Still need climate-controlled storage
- Shower, no tub I don’t need a crystal ball to see an occasional hotel stay in our future!
Timing this week is critical.
This morning Renaissance Man hopped on a Bobcat and started preparing the trailer site. Monday he’ll bring in a Ditch Witch and dig the trenches for temporary water, sewer and electrical—and then we’ll start laying the pipes.
At the crack of dawn on Wednesday we’ll fly to Texas for the funeral of a brother-in-law . . . because Life (and death) have their own timetable. But we’ve had him four miraculous years after telling doctors to remove life support and are grateful for every one of them!
By Thursday afternoon we’ll be back to site prep and awaiting arrival of the travel trailer on Saturday. If it rains and the path is slippery on Saturday morning, we’re in big trouble.
Because . . .
The next morning Renaissance Man leaves for a week of end-of-year fundraising in California, (Did you know non-profits like Hope Unlimited for Children often have to raise 40% of their annual budget in the last three months of the year?) and I begin speed-packing our possessions (hopefully continuing to downsize many of them) in preparation for a Dec. 1 house closing.
Like I said: Timing this week is critical.
This is our crazy, roller coaster life, but many you have asked to come along on the adventure as we build our farmhouse in the middle of this road . . .
. . . overlooking this valley.
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And if you’ve ever lived in a trailer while building a house, I’m very open to words of wisdom!