One of the commenters brought up trailers instead of a teeny house. She said I would get a lot more house for a lot less money. I'm actually a huge trailer fan. I think they're cool, again contrary to most of America. I grew up in a five bedroom, three story Victorian on fifty four acres. My husband grew up in a trailer with the largest lot in the trailer park. He says that when he married me, I said nothing about wanting to live in a trailer, but I've been thinking....
I love readers. I really do. Even though I had thought about trailers before, having them suggested in this context really has gotten me thinking! Like crock pot dehydration! You've sparked something in me! So, here's what I'm thinking, trailers are 56' to 70' long, maybe 14' wide, that's what I'm seeing on craigslist. He doesn't want a trailer. We can't have a trailer. But old trailers are being given away for free on craigslist, or being sold for under $1000. We were planning on paying more that that for one utility trailer for our house on wheels.
I'm thinking, gut the trailer, start again from the tailer part, the frame on wheels, building a customized home just as we would have with the teeny house. We'll build a good pitch on the roof, so it is a house on wheels an not a trailer. He likes how the teeny house looks like a house and I do, too. Then, customize the inside into a three bedroom, one for boys, one for girls, one for parents. Voila! Okay, I know it's not exactly that simple, as it is a several year process.
There are a few downsides I see to this. A larger trailer is more complex to move than a Tumbleweed. Tumbeweeds are considered RVs, so the regulations are a little different. Trailers are a home so we will have to be far more cautious with building codes. Also, with older trailers, I don't know exactly what I'm getting into with the materials used to build it, as far as chemicals and lead. Much of the materials from free trailers I'm sure has rotted, which will make the initial move difficult, but as long as the trailer frame is still good, we are in good shape.
My husband and I have been dreaming of Tumbleweeds for a few months, but when a better idea comes along, I'm inclined to take it. My husband likes the idea as well, so I'm pretty excited, and he usually takes a while to come around on these things.
To those who still don't like the square footage, a few hundred feet larger, well, I can still do a series of posts on that. Now I have a whole new dream to plan out. Again, you may not agree with my plans and you may not choose them for your own family. I don't expect you to. I do expect honest feedback and I welcome suggestions.