So yesterday I finally shared the secret that I had been hinting about and hiding for
weeks months and today I am dishing out all the details. Well, maybe not ALL the details. Let’s be honest, there are a lot of details we still need to figure out. But I can give you some better ideas about what we are up to.
I told you we were building a nontraditional home that is perfectly us. We have lovingly nick-named the new home “The Shouse”. Shouse is a term for a shop + a house combined into one building. Simply put, we are building a large, rectangular, metal building and putting a house on one end of it with a large garage on the other end. Similar to a pole bar in appearance, but framed like standard house. Now I know some of you may be tilting your heads right now trying to imagine what that will look like and why we would choose to go this route.
Let me break it down a bit for you…
#1 It is “cheap” square footage.
#2 As a car loving family the idea of having a huge garage/shop area has more than it’s fair share of appeal.
#3 We have talked about doing this since BEFORE we had kids. Why did we not go for our dream years ago?!
#4 I kind of love the idea of our house looking really simple from the outside, but the inside being gorgeous.
#5 We have goals in mind to be better off financially at the end of this than we are now. Which means self contracting the work, DIY’ing, and building on a tight budget. Essentially it feels like we are trying to have our cake and eat it too, which is always a little scary, but we are being cautiously optimistic.
So what is the time line? What is left to do?
Pretty much everything 🙄 . We have only gone as far as buying the land and that alone felt like it took forever. As of Saturday February 25th there is no power on our property, no water, no septic, and no road to our part of the land. We are currently in the process of gathering bids to have a road and a spot for the house cleared and evaluating if we want to dig a well, or pay to have water lines ran. After we have a road we can begin establishing utilities. The time line on all of this could be 3 months or 6, we honestly just don’t know. Once utilities are established we have to sell our house (any takers out there?) and once it is sold (and the local homeless shelter takes us in 😆 ) we can begin building. The whole process could take one year or three. We obviously are praying for sooner rather than later.
But with visions of all things farmhouse in my head from exposed copper piping, subway tile, and “ship-lap” walls. Plus an IKEA just a couple of hours away, hallelujah! I couldn’t possibly be anymore excited to build a new home with my best friend all over again.
Sharing our building plans in this weeks #TuesTalk! #farmhousestyle #NewmanShouse Click To Tweet
Check out my ‘Farm House Ideas’ board on Pinterest.
Now it’s time for Tuesday Talk!
We would love to have you link up whatever you have going on today!