Home Building & A Reality Check

4:33 PM Katy 9 Comments

This is the house I want to build on my tiny lot:
I know I could build it myself because it is so tiny. Except...
I live 3 hours away from my lot.
I am trying to figure out how I will make this happen. I would have to hire a contractor to put up the exterior shell, and then I could finish the inside myself.
Except it might cost boatloads of money to hire the men to do it. I don't have boatloads of money...and I can't take on any debt for this project.
So I'm saving.
And staring at all of my inspiration pictures ...

And brainstorming about my options. I know a lot of engineers who would probably donate some of their time, if they knew they'd be able to vacation there for free. ..

Sometimes I think so hard I worry I'll give myself an anuerysm but of course that's silly.

It's probably just my unfulfilled dreams (and crushed old ones), mixed together in a bitter hash and rolling around in the back of my head at night. While I ponder the cheapest source for lumber. And think about how much I hate my hair.

What? Don't look at me like that...

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  1. I think this excerpt from a book written by Ann Lamott is appropriate: "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

  2. If I could like a comment, I'd like the one above mine!

    "Bird by bird" is the best quote ever!

  3. I don't know where you live but I wish you were next door. Love your blog and I'll stay tuned as long as it takes to see that house materialize! All the best to you.

  4. susan??? hello??? whoever you are... umm.. could you please come over and comment on my blog??? pretty, pretty please?

    as for you, ms. drill-holding mama, bird by bird...omg. i just love it.

    oh, and if you want to plan a "bird by bird" weekend, just send me the dates and i'll help you rally the troops.

    bird by bird. we'll be there.
    (and please find a split second to dump the "no reply" on your blogger account!! c'mon, girl!)

  5. What's the Amish population down your way? The school has been telling my son that there are communities down that way but I certainly don't recall that, lol.

    It looks like you're attempting the same task we are. We got the bright idea to build a garage with an apartment over it so we could live cheaply for a year or two before building the actual house. It's also an attempt to see if we can take on the task ourselves since our builder and family moved to North Carolina. Sad to see my friends go, especially for our sons but Momma had a real good cry over not getting her house, lol.

  6. could you do something partially prefab?

  7. OMG! I absolutely LOVE your posts young'un!! Love the way you think...bartering services for beachfront accommodation...OOHHHH YEAH!! I'd swing a hammer for you!

  8. Nice concept, Katy! It's nice to look for some designs from books to keep your imagination running. By the way, I read that you're looking for the cheapest source of lumber. Why don't you surf the Internet? I suggest that you try this website: Magicyellow.com. I hope it helps! :D

  9. The house is just beautiful! No wonder you took it as an inspiration for your dream house. And hiring a contractor is not a bad idea at all. That way, you would know that the house would be properly built. You won’t have to worry too much about doing the hard labor. You can just focus on the interior. And from the looks of things, you also have a lot of things to do on the inside.


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