Ideas and more setbacks
In talking to Dad again the other night, I realized again that it might be better to camp in the cabin and build a regular house. Not a big house, just an itty bitty one that’s anchored to something. There is one more way to maybe anchor the portable building better than a trailer, but it’s looking more and more like I’ll be doing a new foundation anyway, and if I am, it makes more sense just to do what I want-1/3-1/2 in ground, framed and roofed, facing the south for solar on the roof…
All of this planning is getting annoying. But I’ll be happier in the long run. Missouri is known for it’s strong winds-both straight winds and tornadoes. There’s a creek within walking distance of my land, which is good, but it will also attract tornado type winds on occasion, which is bad, especially in a small portable cabin.
And so I plan and replan. The portable MIGHT be acceptable if I can trim the runners down and set them inside a crawl foundation, then block it up underneath, anchor it with mobile home anchors, and screw it into the foundation somehow. But once a house is built, I’m not sure how to do that last part. I even thought about sitting it on a cement pad before it was quite dry in hopes that would sort of glue it down by molding around the runners and holding fast. (No, not a good idea, and the cement would probably quickly crack even if it did act as glue.)
The problem is that portable cabin is HUGE as a second space, unless it is the garage, which also isn’t a good idea because with a wood floor… oil and gas would absorb into a flammable surface and create a serious hazard. Even with an overlay of a non-flammable surface. And because it’s on runners, the floor would eventually weaken under the load and break through.
I suspect I’ll live in the portable cabin while I build, then sell the portable with some interior work done and use the money to build a garage. I’m beginning to envision a very long process here. But it’s a process I will completely own and can pour my creativity into. I’m not remodeling or making due anymore. I’m making something my own. If it takes ten years, that will still be worth it.