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Of Steel and Trailers, Kitchens, Shotguns and Light [Feb. 10th, 2008|12:22 pm]
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I've been thinking hard about the house for the land. I was thinking of buying an Airstream. It's been renovated and according to the seller, it's in excellent shape. I like the idea of an Airstream better than a regular trailer because they last and there won't be as much formaldehyde and other bad stuff from the materials outgassing. But the guy wants $20k for it and that's too much.

So I saw some steel buildings for sale. They were demos from 2007 and the company was trying to sell them quickly. They were so great! I was totally inspired. They are roomy and strong and I wanted one. But it was a two-day sale and they went away before I could decide for sure.

Then I decided I could get a Katrina Cottage from Lowes. It would be roomy enough and I could get a steel building to store my extra stuff in. This seems like the best idea, but I don't like it. It would be a work-around and I would get stuck there and never get what I really want. This is my last home and I want the perfect house. I'd rather live in a steel building or a trailer and wait until I get rich enough to build it. It will have ten foot ceilings and a big eat-in kitchen with tons of counter space. I want lots of light and windows up high. and a flow from the front door to the back porch kind of like a shotgun shack but bigger.

A big kitchen and tall windows are really important. But if I wait, I may never have any house at all. I don't want to visit the land. I want to live there. Now.
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[User Picture]From: amysn
2008-02-11 02:56 am (UTC)
That must be frustrating. What about a pre-fab A-Frame that you can add on to? My friends did that near Arcata.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-02-11 03:05 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: amysn
2008-02-11 03:12 am (UTC)
Well those both look really nice - and you'd be living on your land, relatively soon.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-02-11 03:16 am (UTC)

I Hate Compromises

Yeah. But they aren't what I want.
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[User Picture]From: amysn
2008-02-11 04:04 am (UTC)

Re: I Hate Compromises

Hmmm. Well, that's what life is, no? A series of compromises. Unless you're god (or own a majority share in Google). If you really don't like these, then perhaps you should keep looking - maybe give yourself a date to make a decision by, and in the interim, really do your homework. Then you can feel that, given your options, you are making the best choice. And remember that perfection is the enemy of the good.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2008-02-11 04:16 am (UTC)

Re: I Hate Compromises

Besides, if you think of it as building your guest/rent/servants-quarters house first, then living in it while you erect your dream home, maybe it would seem like less of a compromise.
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[User Picture]From: amysn
2008-02-11 04:25 am (UTC)

Re: I Hate Compromises

Servants? Cdozo has servants? Cool.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-02-11 02:01 pm (UTC)

Re: I Hate Compromises

"Perfection is the enemy of the good."

I like that. :-)
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[User Picture]From: jenrose1
2008-02-11 08:42 am (UTC)
Have you looked at stick-prefab?

That is, when we were looking we found a place that basically stick-built in their warehouse and then installed on site, but they had NICE stuff for surprisingly cheap.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-02-11 02:00 pm (UTC)
I can't find any here in Austin that look like houses. They all look like railroad box cars.

Do you know what company made the one you liked?
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[User Picture]From: jenrose1
2008-02-11 10:56 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-02-11 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-02-11 11:09 pm (UTC)
They don't do business in Texas. :-(

But thanks anyway.
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[User Picture]From: jenrose1
2008-02-11 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, they don't do texas...but look at what they DO do...it might inspire.

The other woudl be a panelized home. Those you can design, they build the panels and it is assembled on your property. Very energy efficient and customizable.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-02-12 04:35 am (UTC)
I got re-inspired and looked at some others. But none of them do Texas.

Thanks anyway.
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