Wow. I can’t believe how slow the progress has been trying to move forward with the small house plans (and it’s not for lack of trying). First, we thought that we’d have a ton of interest from local builders, which hasn’t panned out. Then, we imagined the possibilities of simply taking on the project ourselves. Now, with some health-related challenges on the horizon, it’s about taking the stutter step to the tiny house. Realistically, we need the stutter step. As much as we thought we were ready to jump in feet first, we will benefit from a 500 sq ft stutter step.
Just the other day when we looked at manufactured housing options, Garrett mentioned concerns about not having enough cabinets in the kitchen. Ha! How many cabinets will we have when we actually end up in the tiny house? Probably one.
On the bright side, we settled on a manufactured house and we are thrilled! We chose a manufactured house for a lot of reasons: price, convenience, customization and timing. We’ve found four retailers who can help us create a small house, move-in ready before the end of August. The best part about these manufactured house retailers is that small house living is what they do every day, so our efficiency goals didn’t surprise anyone!
We plan to use this opportunity to further downsize our stuff, particularly furniture and other random things we don’t use. We continue with Admin Wednesdays< as a way to focus on planning ahead and downsizing. Admin Wednesday is such a perfect day for me to cross a lot of things off the to-do list; I find it incredibly refreshing and rewarding, the perfect mid-week pick-me-up.
So what’s next? The plan is to make a decision, get a quote and get started with the project before the end of the month. With manufacturing taking only six to eight weeks, we should be able to move in this summer. Bonus!
In addition, we received a permit to remove the tree that’s keeping us from our destiny. I am really, really sad about having to remove a perfectly good tree, but we get a free tree to replace it!
Because the tree blocks access to the property, it had to be removed for the crew to be able to prep the site for the home to be delivered. Once we move in, I plan to add a lot of landscaping to the property to help “green” the street. On our block, this tree is the only greenery, so I will do my part to add some color.
We’re trying to take this part of the journey one day at a time so that we enjoy the last couple of months in the home we’ve made the last several years. Our neighbors are great and the borough has been an absolute delight, so we’re spending as much time enjoying the little things before we go. We may not be moving far away, but it’s a change nonetheless.
On another note, I’ve started exploring the notion of downsizing in a different way. Over the last five years, we’ve made significant changes that impact our health and the health of our home. With health on the brain lately, this topic felt like one we should share in a future post.
Check out the Small House Construction Series!
Small House Construction, Part 1
Small House Construction, Part 2
Small House Construction, Part 3
Small House Construction, Part 4