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Updated on January 10, 2014
Mini home by Tumbleweed
Mini home by Tumbleweed | Source
Mini home by Tumbleweed
Mini home by Tumbleweed | Source
Container home by Tumbleweed
Container home by Tumbleweed | Source
Remodeling a barn for a living space
Remodeling a barn for a living space | Source

The love of my life, Bev, and I have a dream and we are currently six months into our four-year plan. In other words, by September of 2015 we plan on living on a self-sustaining educational eco-farm. I have written in detail about this dream and you can read about it at

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/My-Dream-The-Self-Sustaining-Educational-Eco-Farm.

Several factors led us to chase this dream. We have both always wanted to own a farm and whether we want to admit it or not time is running out on our lives. This falls under the category “now or never” and we choose now to mean four years when Bev’s daughter has graduated from high school and we are free to go our merry way.

We have both always dreamed of having a business that helps children and since neither of us has any faith in the educational system and yet we both believe in quality education we decided to take matters into our own hands.

In addition, we are both country people at heart and would like to live out the remainder of our days living a much simpler life with few of the conveniences of modern living, fending for ourselves and providing for ourselves.

We believe strongly in this path we have chosen and we are diligently working towards achieving our goal. We have been called silly but oh well! We have been called naïve but oh well! We have been called unrealistic but oh well. The people who have called us those things no longer have to be concerned over it because they are out of our lives and you can be safe in assuming they will not be invited to our house-warming party in 2015.


Let’s Get the Ball Rolling

Obviously we have to pay for all of this and we have begun the process of embarking on new roads of opportunity. I finished a novel six months ago; several Kindle books have been published and Bev recently finished the website for my professional writing services company.

Other plans are in the works and we feel good about the direction we are taking so far but there is still oh so much planning to do. Always in the back of our minds is what is the farm going to look like? We have a general idea of what the land and the educational eco-farm will look like but we haven’t decided yet what our actual home will look like and that is the subject of this article.

Since Bev and I are both quite committed to the philosophy that smaller is better we are looking at several alternatives for our future domicile and I thought I would give you a tour through our minds and the options we are looking at.


MINI HOMES

We were bouncing around the internet one day when we saw a story about tiny houses. Since we both think smaller is better we checked it out and came across a company called Tumbleweed Tiny Homes. You can find them at http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/. They sell homes ranging from 187 sq ft to 376 sq ft and they are adorable. Pictures of a couple of them can be seen to the right.

Does that sound ridiculous to you? The previous house I rented only had 400 sq ft and it was quite livable so I’m pretty sure Bev and I could pull it off. We may even consider building our own since Bev has two sons who are carpenters. We both love the idea of low heating costs and the ease with which we could heat the home using solar panels, or solar panels in combination with a wind turbine or two.

The costs depend, of course, on the amount we are willing to do ourselves. Most likely the total cost would be between $20,000-$35,000 for a 500 sq ft living space with the amenities we envision.

CONTAINER HOUSING

Again an internet search led us to several sites about container housing. Basically this consists of buying a used shipping container, of which there are literally thousands available for under $5,000 and then framing the inside, insulating it and adding the wiring and pipes for water and sewer. As you can see from the pictures on the right they can end up being quite comfortable and attractive.

You can read more about them at http://www.fabprefab.com/fabfiles/containerbayhome.htm.

They are also very easy to combine so that you have more living space and different architectural styles. The possibilities are practically endless depending on how many you use and how you use them to design your living space.


WHY BUILD IF ITS ALREADY THERE?

One option that is quite attractive to us is to buy property that has an existing barn on it and then remodel the barn into a living space. If we could find the perfect property that had a suitable barn and no house I have no doubt that this is the direction we would take. Barns are so large that they offer many options and as long as the foundation is sound the rest of the work involved is well within our capabilities.

COMBINATIONS ARE GOOD

We are also kicking around the idea of combining several of these ideas, possibly having a container home for guests as well as a barn and a mini home. We would love to get our kids involved, making it a family farm for the next generation, and this would give us many more options.


So What Are Our Requirements?

You may find it funny but the one thing both of us want is a wrap-around porch with part of the porch becoming a sunroom. This option would provide me with a writing studio and still leave Bev with workspace. We both love the idea of a loft which is possible with any of our options and large windows and solar panels are also on our desired list. Beyond that we are not really fussy but seriously, isn’t that what a simplified lifestyle is all about? We made the decision quite awhile ago that we did not need a lot of room nor did we want extras. We do not want possessions for the sake of having possessions and the land we live on is much more important to us than the house we live in.

Once we discussed and agreed on what was important the rest of the decisions came quite easily.


Would you consider living in any of the housing options mentioned above?

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So That Is Where We Are Headed

We have a common vision and we are working towards that vision. We can clearly see what the property will look like. We can see where the animals will be and the pond; we have no problem envisioning where the crops will be grown and the different working stations that will be a part of the educational eco-farm. As I stated before, all of that is much more important to us than where we will live.

In later articles I will write about the alternative forms of energy that we plan on using, from wind power to water turbines, solar panels and more. The farm will highlight many of these as a learning tool and we will also grow lavender for our business (we already have products for sale using lavender) and other product lines we are considering.

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have a partner for life who shares my vision and who wants it every bit as much as I do. I have written about making a difference in this world. Our farm will be our grand achievement in making a difference and leaving a living legacy that we can be proud of and I am completely certain that Bev and I can achieve our goal. Never underestimate the power and ability of a determined group of people; it just so happens that our group consists of Bev and I.

That’s it for now. Until next time, Bev and I are livin’ large and lovin’ life in Olympia, Washington.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carrie, thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the article and I appreciate you visiting.

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      Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      Great article :) Good for you and your wife to have such a simple, meaningful four year plan. I think it is genious to have a self sustaning farm. Thanks again for the article.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, I love those mini houses! I love that you can put your whole house on a trailer and tow it somewhere else. I think that is so cool! And yes, Bev and I could live like that very easily. Thank you my dear and I hope you and Micah find a way to live in Irondequoit, wherever the heck that is. LOL

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I like how you include Bev in your articles! It is also great you both share the same vision. Micah and I do too! We agreed we would definitely want to live in Irondequoit, NY near lake Ontario and in a shack...lol! But, I think your info on these mini houses would be great Actually, we have seen them before, but not the manufactuer you mentioned. I think they sound great! I would get three or four of them right next to each other! I am happy you have a vision and are on the way of seeking it!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Landscapeartist, never let the dream die! You are the one who has to be satisfied with your life and your decisions; nobody else. What is beautiful to you may seem ugly to others but oh well...you are the one who has to be happy where you live, not them. I think your ideas are great!

      Thank you my young friend! Dare to dream and then make dreams your reality!

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      Roberta McIlroy 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really like your way of thinking. My boyfriend wants to add an enclosed deck to his trailer and actually move in to it. He has a bit of land that he wants to put it on; with an awesome view I might add; and live in it.

      I have always loved the prospect of buying an old barn and remodeling it. Barn board lasts a lifetime and then some. My own home was built in 1957 out of old barn board taken from YOU GUESSED IT!...an old barn that had been torn down. When we got it in '98, we gutted it and renovated it. It was awesome to see the old barn board that was holding my little house together.

      I have also pondered the idea of buying a used container and redoing it over. But, I thought people would think I was nuts. That was until I read your hub just now.

      Thank you billybuc for reviving my dream! Awesome hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, I solved that problem by getting rid of all the stuff I accumulated. I readily admit that things don't have an emotional attachment for me and that others out there aren't like me in that respect. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love the idea of alternative housing and those tiny homes are just beautiful. The container homes look interesting too. With a little creativity, you could do so much! But what to do with all the stuff one has accumulated over the years? Those cute little houses would also be great vacation homes.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Khai, we have talked about doing exactly that. Thanks for the suggestion and best wishes in your endeavors.

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      Khal Blogo 5 years ago from A gas station on the yellow brick road

      Why not buy several containers and glue them together? It would probably be cheaper, and it would probably look alright with a decent paint-job. Excellent hub,very inspirational, voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Art! Way to go my friend! Thanks for dropping by!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I live in a minihome, very tiny. Very efficient and low cost environment. I enjoyed this article. Pursuing the same exact dream.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Baking, it is so easy to live in a small space, especially the type you described. I love the simple life.

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      BakingBread-101 5 years ago from Nevada

      I meant to mention when I commented earlier that my very first house was 897 square feet--2 bedrooms, 1 bath (although there was closet space for a 2nd bath), laundry in a closet, living room and kitchen. It had a one car attached garage. I put a deck and a fireplace in it. I loved that house!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, thank you and I wish the same to you as well!

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Your dream is somewhat similar to one of my own, and I wish you the best of luck!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Baking, we will look into that stove; thanks for the suggestion and for reading my hub.

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      BakingBread-101 5 years ago from Nevada

      You might want to consider a mini soapstone stove for heat. They are direct vent gas stoves that heat individual rooms/small cottages. As soon as my house here in Las Vegas is sold, I'm downsizing on my land, but not the house, but I'll be in a forest with a beautiful view backing up to a greenbelt that nobody can build on (land without maintenance).

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I was planning on eventually putting a concrete stucco on it to help insulate it. A slanted wooden roof over the top gives good run-off and keeps it cooler. I have been thinking 3-40 ft in a square with a sun room and a patio in the center. All of the containers would open to the sunroom with french doors. Passive solar would be gained from that.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great idea Becky; I've seen some great container homes that don't even look like containers once they have been worked on. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I am looking at building a container home. Need a little more room so my husband in a mobile chair can get around in it. My sons have said they will help me build it and one of them is in construction. He does stone work, roofing and plumbing. My husband can talk our other son through the electrical. He had an electricians license until he was disabled.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Gail! How cool is that, you quoting from my book? You are a good person, one I wish lived down the block instead of 3000 miles away. We had actually talked about having several of the mini homes on the property for any kids who may want to live there....as long as they are about twenty acres away from us. :)

      I will tell Bev you sent hugs and my friend, I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Paula! We were both drawing plans today and we thought 300 sq ft downstairs and 300 sq ft upstairs is more than enough room...I'm pretty excited about it. Peace to you as well my friend and I'll tell Bev you said hey!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, I love that picture too and it is so practical because of the size of the home. I love the idea and we were drawing plans today of our future home. Great fun and exciting to boot.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Lisa! I don't think people realize how much room 800 sq ft constitutes...easily one person can life in that space and be quite comfortable. I appreciate your visit once again and will stop by to see you later this evening. Right now Bev is calling me for dinner.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I want to live in Bev's diorama! Just kidding of course, but I do love how it portrays the future plans you both have.

      I love the idea of a renovated barn and also making a family compound using some of the other structures.

      Or how about using an additional mini home to rent out to singles or couples who want to take a simple country vacation?

      Thanks so much for sharing your dreams on HubPages. I'm looking forward to reading more hubs about your journey to turn what you're envisioning into reality.

      I have no doubt you two will pull it off. As you said, "Never underestimate the power and ability of a determined group of people." Your determination definitely shines through in your writings.

      I'm going to have fun cheering you on.

      Sending hub hugs to you and Bev,

      Gail

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I coudn't believe coming upon this hub today....after just yesterday thinking seriously about how wonderful it would be to down-size! I LOVE the Tumbleweed homes! I wouldn't want to go to the extreme, but I saw numerous models on their site and a couple of them would be PERFECT. I can't help but think about how "liberating" it would be.

      Since we're in the same age bracket, you've inspired me to realize IT'S NEVER TOO LATE to realize a dream.

      Thanks bill....really enjoyed this information.

      Best of Luck to you and Bev....on your journey!! Peace.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I love the photo of the home with the red roof, too, but not as much as the second one where the truck is pulling the tiny home on wheels. There are a lot of oil field workers here in OK, many of whom live in the fifth wheels they take along from one job to the next and park in RV or Mom 'n Pop mobile home parks.

      I can foresee the day when fifth wheels will be replaced by tiny homes such as the one in the second photo for transient workers simply because they look more like a real home, a cabin on wheels.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I love the first photo of the mini house with the red roof! It's beautiful and I have no problem living in a small area. I live in an extension on the end of my childhood home and I believe it's about 800 square feet. That's two floors. Awesome hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I certainly will Billy with return invitations for you too.)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I had no doubt in the world that you would love Tumbleweed homes. Mark your calendar for our house warming party in 2015. :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes yes yes Billy and Bev;I can just see it now as you welcome me in for a cuppa !!! Dreams are so precious and the magic is that they are well within our grasps.We just need to carry on believing.I logged into tumbleweed too and oh yes I can also see our little haven too. What a great idea. Up up and away here Billy and have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, as I said in the hub I have lived in that small a space and found it to be no problem at all. I have no doubt I can do it again. Blessings to you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, there is no doubt that a tiny home is dependent upon a very strong and loving relationship. I do believe Bev and I can pull this off. She is drawing plans for the house as I write this. Thank you my friend and keep on eye out for tornadoes please; it wouldn't do for you to be picked up and deposited somewhere else. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you moonlake...I am not a random dreamer. I only announce dreams if I am confident that I can achieve them and this one I will achieve. Blessings to you my friend.

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      I love those little tumbleweed houses. I am at the stage in my life where I just want less to take care of. I know I could life in 500 sq.ft. as I lived in a lot less in Zurich, where space is at a premium. I'm still looking. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I used to have to drive through Carney OK frequently and fell in love with an adorable Tiny Home there in a stand of pines just off the highway. Loved it so much, one day I stopped and took pix of it (no one was home). Whoever lived in it possibly owned the tiny homes dealership up the road (but none of those were as adorable or charming as this one). I could easily live in a tiny home! But a tiny home for a couple can only work if they really, really, REALLY enjoy one another's company 24/7, and I sense that's NOT a problem (and never will be) with you and Bev.

      Voted up and awesome! ;D

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Hope you get that dream. Sounds like fun. Barns are great to turn into homes. They have so much room. Voted up and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, you will be invited to the housewarming party for sure. :) Thank you my dear and Bev shares your thoughts on the widow's peak.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I can't wait to see the final look and setting of your home. I love wrap around porches and lofts as well. One thing I would love to have next time around is a widow's peak as a writing studio. I would love being able to look at things all around as I write, what an inspiration. Enjoyed your hub and found myself wanting to join you guys.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, if you and I combined to discuss the many places we lived we would have quite a travelogue to write about. I'm tired of moving so one more move, to the dream house and that will be it for me. Thank you for dropping by and I love your new hub!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi billy, well I don't care what people say, I would love to do this! That mini home at the top would be my ideal house. Like you mentioned I also think that where I live is not as important as the land around it. I have always lived in Council housing, and have been moved from pillar to post as my mum would have said. I started in a caravan when I got married, but the land was amazing around it, went to a huge house that was on the top of a hill and I kept collapsing with asthma trying to climb that darn hill every day, then I lived in another house that was lovely, but in a really rough area, now I am in a maisonette, like a house, but with a Flat below us, and I live next door to an allotment, school and lovely green land, so yes go for it, and the best of luck!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I readily admit that the lifestyle we envision is not one size fits all; it would drive some of my friends crazy to live the way I live and the way I'm going to live and I understand that. I have to tell you, Ruby, that I am so humbled by your continued support. You are a good friend, loyal and true, and I appreciate you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hey, It's different strokes for different folks. You and Bev have great plans for the future. I know you will succeed. Living out in the country sounds inviting. The older I get the more i realize that I don't need so many THINGS..Great article..Best Wishes..

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RTalloni, thank you. I truly do appreciate your words.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for a look at the alternative housing ideas. Good success to you and your wife in your plans to see your dream come true!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I can't imagine life without Bev. She is my pillar of strength and my best friend and I love my life with her in it. Thank you dear friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestion my friend and thank you! I have no doubt we will love the farm once we get there. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      So cool Bill! When I vet on the real computer - I'd like to link this to one of mine:)

      I love the alternati e housing ideas. I could live with it - but I'm going to make a move like that when my kids graduate also. Sounds like you and Bev are a great team. Dave and I are always together on everything and isn't it so awesome to know that there is someone to conquer life with? So awesome!

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      Billy: You might also want to think about buying a used RV and then building on to it as time and finances permit. This would give you immediate, inexpensive housing with all the basics and give you time to add on as needed. We know a number of people who have done this and it has worked out great for them.

      I was a homesteader back in the day...learned to bake bread, can, etc. The Mother Earth News was my bible...and I spent a lot of time researching small houses as well. Wound up with 5 acres in the mountains with a house we redid...it was absolutely wonderful...wood burning stove and all.

      So...I salute you and wish you well. You're going to love your new life, I just know it!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wesman, it is indeed all about perspective isn't it? Comfort takes on a whole new meaning when seen through the eyes of someone like you, or me for that matter. Thank you my friend and keep up the good fight.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Danette, it would be quite an adjustment for many out there; I just happen to be one of those who has very few requirements for comfort. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Considering having split a single wide ancient trailer with NINE other grown drug addicted men, slept in the horrific Dallas Life Foundation for a month, and on the floor at the 24 hour Club on Ross Avenue, in Dallas, Texas...I'd be hard pressed to complain about much....merely having a bed is a blessing indeed for this sick unit.

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Kudos to you and your wife for following your dream and pox on the naysayers. As you said, they don't need to be a part of your life. I don't want a big house but I'm not sure I could live in one that small w/o feeling like we're on top of each other all the time. I do love the idea of a wrap-around porch with a sun room/writing room.

      Looking forward to following the progress on your farm.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic Cyndi! I love stories like that! Thanks for sharing and for taking the time to visit....how come you aren't in school?

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Bravo! The neighbors right next to me (okay, on the acreage on the next lot over, hehe) just finished building their tiny tumbleweed house. They're getting ready to move here from the city. They sold their house and they're going to live in 120 sq. ft. She started a blog about it and they are now presenting for the Tiny Tumbleweed House company. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kris, I will indeed; no sense dreaming small! :) Thank you!

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      KrisL 5 years ago from S. Florida

      All the best of success to both of you!

      I love the size of your dreams . . . keep us posted as you work toward them.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lord, thank you and best wishes to you as you go about your day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I think it would be a blast and I have no doubt that you would be comfortable doing something similar. Wishing you happiness this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Christo; I am lucky...oh so lucky...to have Bev with me. Dreams are much more fun when shared with someone.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, that is exciting news about you and Magnus! Best of luck with your dream home and thank you so much for following along....

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      I agree with the rest. We don't need to dream beyond expectations and being happy they way we planned it. You and Bev. will have wonderful years ahead. Inspirational and positive. Great hub!

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome Bill, I always thought a barn would make a great platform to build a home from.

      Voted Up!

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Another great Hub! Realizing your dream & making it happen! You two are gonna have a wonderful time achieving your goals. Thanks for sharing your plans and inspiring us all to make a difference. Voted across & Up!

      Cheers, Christo.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      It's nice to have someone to share the same thoughts and goal with. Whatever you choose, I think you both will be happy in the end. You have so many good ideas! Me and Magnus (my spouse) are building a big house, but we both know that this is what we want. We have planned our house for years and it's really nice to build it ourself and the way we want it. Thank you for writing this interesting hub!