This is our journey. Here we are sharing our plans and progress to go from living in a 3,900 sq foot rental to building and living in a tiny home!
Out of all the things that are considered “normal” in America, mortgages land pretty high on the list. Buying a home is the goal of many young people – especially young couples, eager to establish their life together. But how many people really stop to consider what they are doing to themselves? Maybe you have – if so congrats! I’d love to hear what conclusions you’ve come to.
My husband and I have gone over and over this dilemma. We go back and forth, but never really feel content with choosing to commit to a mortgage….
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Here’s the back story:
Years ago, we owned a home. We got a great deal on a fixer-upper and jumped in wholeheartedly. My husband spent untold hours remodeling that little house and, in the end, we sold it right before the market crashed and broke even (almost to the dollar) for what we had spent on it. We were pretty convinced that we did not want the stresses of home ownership for a very, very long time.
Now, after years of renting, we still struggle with whether or not to buy a house…
In a world where mortgages are rampant and accepted by almost everyone, I’m just not ready for that again. I’m not ready to tack on $100,000-$200,000+ in debt in one moment.
Yet renting, at least where we live, is quite expensive. We hand over $14,000+ a year in rental checks. That doesn’t feel good either.
Are there any good options?
We have run the gamut of ideas. We have looked into countless home options, we’ve read books, we’ve scoured the internet over and over. There are other options out there. They are just unconventional and take some serious gumption and creativity. We have looked into earth bag homes, square bail homes, cob building, wall tents, tiny homes, portable sheds converted to cabins…people have done some pretty amazing things.
One problem for us is the affordability of any of those ideas and/or the lack of land to make them work.
Ever hear of the tiny house movement?
If you haven’t, google it! Or stop at your library and find some books on tiny homes. There are so many people that have found freedom in living in very small (usually mobile) homes. For us, a tiny home was a above our budget. But we just couldn’t give up on the idea altogether.
Camper?! I know, is that really an answer? Well, honestly, we’re not sure! But here is what we did. We went out and found a 30 year old camper on Craigslist. We paid cash for it. We joke that it is the first dwelling place we have ever really and truly owned.
Follow along on my husband’s progress!
1. From Camper Remodel to Tiny Home – The Beginning
For today, I’m sharing all of our “before” pictures. You’ll need some imagination to see its potential! 😉 If you’d like to see more pics on how it is progressing check out the links above!
Ok, now that you’ve seen it, you know how much work we are in store for…there are leaks, mold, and things that don’t work…but we are eager to see the transformation.. Next time I’ll share all the “gutted” pictures!
Have you ever taken on a project like this? How did it go? Any advice?! I’d love to hear your ideas!