House hunting some more

The $7500 property has two foundations. The “house” doesn’t sit on either of them. I can see daylight through the roof where an addition was improperly added. There is no insulation at all.

By the time I invest in a decent building, even doing much of the work myself and/or repurposing as much of the current structure as I can, I will still not be able to justify the cost. And I need a house now, not in 12 months or more. I debated buying the lots anyway (at a very reduced price) and living there for the summer while I worked on something more suitable, but then I’m 30 miles from the house and that isn’t responsible or efficient.

Other properties I’ve looked at are also in very poor condition. They are also way too large.

There is a developer who will consider a tiny house development. But all houses would be hooked to the grid and would have to be built by a licensed construction company. And the lots are too expensive, too.


There is a house built in 1900 that is for sale by owner. It has it’s issues, but it’s only 734 sq ft including the attic, which had been turned into a room. I don’t know what the downstairs footage is, but I’m guessing 660 or so. It’s still too big, but it’s already built, the foundation is decent, I could move in quickly, and I’ll probably end up spending on it about what I’d spend on a tiny or small new construction house. So I placed an offer. I’ll close the attic space off, which means I’ll still be reducing by two-thirds for now, and will still have the opportunity to reduce more later when I have the time to build.

I’m sad. I wanted to get a tiny house now. But it doesn’t seem like the timing is right yet, after all.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on March 20, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Have you considered either building one yourself, or if that’s too scary, getting one built for you?

    • I’ve considered both, but when the workbench I built fell over last week, I decided I’d leave the framework to the pros. My situation at the moment is the need to immediately relocate and the lack of anything to relocate to. I’d hoped to buy something cheap, move in for the summer, and build before the “something cheap” fell over.

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