Information on the400 square feet house.

Well it has been awhile from my last post. I have been out gathering data on the 400 square feet, park model, tiny house we plan to purchase and live in full time. Now I am not an expert but here is why we have chosen the manufacture we have and this size house.

It is my understanding that a tiny house ranges from under 80 square feet up to 400 square feet. You can learn more like I did by reading blogs, watching Youtube videos, and reading books and articles. I have this particular book Tiny House Living: Ideas for Building and Living Well in Less Than 400 Square Feet’ by Ryan Mitchell it is very good. Here are a few more that I am considering buying: ‘The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir’ by Dee Williams, Tiny Houses’ by Mimi Zeiger, Tiny Homes on the Move: Wheels and Water’ by Lloyd Kahn. The point here is educate yourself. If you think you want to build your own tiny house you can purchase house plans or come up with your own creation. I bought a book on compact cabins titled Simple Living in 1,000 Square Feet or Less, Compact Cabins by Garold Rowan. This book consist of all kinds of floor plans and ideas that you can use in deciding how you want your tiny house.

After all of this researching, mainly from October 2015 to August 2016 My husband, Jeff, and I have a plan for our tiny house. One more point to bring up and I will write about this in the near future some more is zoning and codes for building and where you are planing to park your tiny house. There are so many things to think about. The good news is it is fun and a true learning adventure. In our plan we will be parking our tiny house on land leased from our children. Yes they told us that we could put the house there so in a way we will be mooching off of the kids. We will be hooked up to a septic system and we will be sharing their well. So after months of trying to decide what to do with our tiny house and where to put it my daughter and son-in-law said put it here! One problem solved.

The next was finding just the right tiny house. We looked at tiny house builders from all over the world via Youtube. We went to places that built them here in our area. Then we saw HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters and realized we had a park model builder right here! It turned out to be a pretty nice build. So this past week the research continued with a drive to South Carolina to the factory where the park model cabins are made.

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Green River Log Cabins ( http://www.GreenRiverLogCabins.com ) is located in Campobello, South Carolina. We enjoyed our visit very much and gathered information and a free estimate. We toured many floor plans that were built and getting ready to ship to there new home. I highly recommend that you look at other peoples ideas for what they want in a tiny house. It is the best way to know what you like and don’t like for yours. We decided that this company was the one for us. A park model is an RV that is 400 square feet or less. With this in mind being a RV the tax situation is different and so we are gathering information on that too. I will write a post just on that too. For now I am just focusing on the house. The construction was excellent and we can choose what counter tops, appliances, and built ins we want. We can get a screened in porch too. The cabins are real logs stacked tongue and groove style. The cabinets are custom  made. The bathroom is full sized and the bedroom fits a queen sized bed.

Please let me know your thoughts and ideas. If you have questions please ask and I will try to answer them. Would love to here from you in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Pain of Selling a House.

We have the house on the market but it is moving slower then we would like. So if anyone has suggestions let me know. It is clean and we have removed stuff. As I said in a previous post we have been downsizing for months now. I have our builder guys here now making small repairs. So if anyone is looking for a beautiful house on a piece of beautiful land let me know.

The house has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The kitchen has been remodeled and has Bosch appliances, granite counter tops, and beautiful soft close cabinets.

Finally my tip in selling a house is PATIENTS!

The First Post!

Well here is the first post, I think. We started this journey last fall when we were out for a ride on our motorcycles. We, being my husband and I, stopped at a coffee shop to warm up a  bit and have some lunch. The decision to travel when we retire had already been made, but how to travel? Downsize! We have chosen to down size our belongings, our house, and our finances. So last October the downsizing of our stuff began. Now at first this was not easy. You can become very emotionally attached to things like lint, old tooth brushes, etc.. Just kidding. We began in our closets. What did we use all of the time? Did  the item have a purposes now or in the future? Did we have multiples of the same item? Clothes were easier for us. Did they fit, were they wore out, and did I like it anymore. So from October to May we disposed of about 50% of our stuff. This included a young man coming with his small dump truck three times to hall away stuff! You may ask how big is your house? Just 2100 square feet. Yep not that large. So the down sizing has begun and we are on our way.