I purchased a piece of land last year. My plan is to retire there, in a small home, and as close to dept-free as I can be. There is just one major problem: the more often I go up there to go camping the more impatient I become about living there.
There are many aspects for choosing land for homesteading. For example, homesteaders who plan to do much in relation to agriculture (i.e. huge gardens and many farm animals) should definitely keep an eye on water sources. I am not planning on having a large amount of animals or a huge garden, and I purchased my land with the understanding that I will always haul water in one fashion or another. This land had the combination of views, wooded and cleared, and easy access to civilization that were most important to me.
As I grow less willing to wait until retirement before moving there, I’ve begun touring a variety of home models; modular, park model, log cabin, and stick built.
I have found exactly what I want. A little log cabin park model. What I hadn’t known prior to my tours is that a “Park Model” is the equivalent of an RV trailer. Or a tiny home on wheels. They are meant for recreational use and travel. I have found a gorgeous log home park model builder. I know exactly how I want the floor plan. Everything in my mind is set in regards to that home.
But as I thought, because my lot is very steep and full of loose rock, delivering it to the site where my current hunting cabin sits would be challenging. And probably not possible. Now I am thinking about whether to go in the direction of hiring professionals to do excavating and putting in enough “driveway” to deliver the cabin… and choosing a building site closer to the top of my slope. Or reconsider the home style altogether. Perhaps a small stick built cabin would be able to be placed on the current building site at the bottom of the cleared, steep slope. I wish I had the talent and ability to build my own small home.
The good news is, I have plenty of time to decide. In the meantime, I am reminded that the type of land can limit housing options. If you are considering purchasing land for homesteading be sure to do some research and choose wisely.
Written by: Dawn Rae