Thought I should pop by and post an update, since it’s been, oh let’s see, almost 6 months since my last “progress” post…
During that time I discovered Tumbleweed’s Amish Barn Raisers
and have decided that’s the route I’m going to take. It makes sense for many reasons, the main one being I’m a total novice when it comes to carpentry, so with the Barn Raiser I’ll be completely confident that the beginnings of my house are done correctly. Even though a part of me wants to build my house from the ground up, I keep reminding myself there’ll still be plenty for me to learn!
Another big plus is Tumbleweed offers financing! I spent a lot of time researching different ways to fund the project and be able to finish it in a timely fashion, rather than having to chip away at the building little by little as I save up money to buy materials. I always walked away disappointed… every option fell short. At one point I was set on requesting a loan from Prosper
, but was declined because of my lack of credit history. Trying to figure out how to finance my house has definitely been the most frustrating part of planning so far, so Tumbleweed offering financing has been an answer to prayer!
With the decision to purchase a Barn Raiser made, I started to think about my timeframe. When was I actually going to start? I felt like I’d been planning my Tiny House for ages and all the sudden a couple really big unknowns were taken care of, and I just wanted to start! To buy tools and appliances and build something, anything! Just make some real hammer-and-nail progress, but I had to reign in my enthusiasm and look at it realistically. In the end I decided to shoot for spring of 2015 to order my Barn Raiser and use the time until then to build my credit history, truly decide on my design and features, and also buy some of my appliances, tools, and materials.
To that end, I got a small personal loan from my bank last week, and have purchased the mini fridge I’ll be using! It’s just a fridge, but it also feels like the beginning of a momentum that will take me all the way to living my dream! The fridge is set to be delivered tomorrow and I just might do a happy dance when it comes :)
I told my family the next thing I think I’m going to get will be my toilet, they didn’t seem as excited about it as I did!