Maybe a House!!!
I got a call today. There is a cabin for sale to be moved: $5500! Now to find a place to move it and make sure I meet any codes. Two or three options sound promising: 1) .5 acres with a run down trailer on it (sewer and water already in place, some reuseable materials), 2) a no-restrictions parcel, 3) a “no junk yards, hogs, or mobile homes” tract. Not sure about #3 because I don’t know what they would currently count this structure as. It’s not a mobile home, but it’s a “temporary structure” as it is now.
The cabin needs water pipes run, it needs interior walls built in and a kitchen and bath area added. There isn’t room for a loft. But it is 320 sq ft and already has heat and air and electric run. I could live in it while I build what I want and then convert it to a garage, or I could live in it permanently with some adjustments. I think I would make the interior “walls” moveable so that I could easily move them to a new house if I decided to build. But the price is unbelieveable, and it includes the transportation cost to the new site. By the time I upgrade and do all the installations, I’m guessing I’ll have $35,000 in the house, foundation, and land… or more than that if I build a house and turn this into a garage. Land and foundations are expensive.
But… I just got my utility bill for October. For an old 600’sq house, my utilities last month were $21 for heat and electric, total. I haven’t missed the floor space, but I have missed the storage space somewhat. But this house wasn’t designed for any storage, and my cabin would be. Built in furniture with storage space underneath, shelves, and a better arrangement of floor space would all help immensely.