“Things do not change; we change.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Between the two of us, Scott is the researcher. I’m pretty good at following directions, I often immerse myself in something (knitting, yogurt or bread making, chickens, goats) but if I ever want to track down the real story or the best of something, Scott’s my go-to.
It was at the point that he described what instantly became my dream property that I started to laugh inside at how different my wants and needs are today than they were a mere few years ago. No elevator. No doorman. No indoor gym, parking spot, public transit accessibility.
32 acres (!)
Building Lot cleared (!!!)
Only a few hours from the city (!!!!)
10×10 ft sleeping cabin (!!!!!!!!!!)
Yes, that’s right. I’m not missing any zeros. I’m actually staring dreamy eyed at a listing for what would put us in living accommodations the size of a small bedroom. With a babe who will be somewhere between 1-1.5 years old once we arrived.
Ten feet. By ten. Whole. Feet.
No, this wouldn’t be a long term arrangement.
Yes, it would test our resolve to live this life the way we want to.
Would it be worth it? Perhaps.
What we want is land. What we need is a place to live before we can built the house. The restrictions on what you can build vary greatly depending on the municipality that you settle on…but they usually get rather uptight about trailers, mobile homes or accommodations perhaps slightly larger than this going up before you construct the principal residence.
Oh the principal residence. Be wary of minimum size restrictions if you happen to be like me, pining for your dream home in acres, not square footage. Rachel at Off Grid Homestead lays all this out really well on her blog.
Granted the cabin is a nice to have. Yes, a nice to have. We’re costing out all season tents (that are about 2-3x the size of the adorable hand hewn nook of a cabin that’s stolen my heart), yurts…different options.
We want to be there so we can focus on the property. Not be paying a mortgage and renting someplace else until the home of our dreams is ready for us to move in.
You can keep your highrises. I’m beyond over all the amenities the city has to offer; we don’t need (or want) much, however remain anxious to find the spot that calls our name.
Calls us home.