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Even though many of us have been "slowed down" by the recent economy we still are staying true to our objective of building our Nirvana in the mountains (or plains or by a stream or whatever).

I'm still planning to try to sell my current house at the end of 2009, make the best deal I can, fill in the shortfall with savings and loans and charge on.

So now I have a new quandary. Where do we go once we have sold our current house and before the new home is built? I'm sure many of you who have gone before us freshmen have had similar problems and being you are currently living in your dream homes you have somehow overcome. My son and daughter-in-law keep telling us not to worry about it as we are welcome to move in with them during construction. At first that sounds like a way to handle the situation until one realizes that first we still need to earn a living and they don't live anywhere near to where we live now. Second, It's going to take about a year for the new house to be in move in condition. I know in my heart of hearts that this would put a strain on our relationship and that's the last thing I want to do.

The only solution that comes to mind and it's not a very good one, is to rent a small furnished apartment close to where the log home is to be built. The reason I don't like this idea is that it will (once again) deplete our cash position.

So that's my question to those of you who have gone before us. How did you do it? How did you survive it all?


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Comment by kent ifland on March 24, 2009 at 9:18am
Right now finishing up the caulking on the inside in preparation for stain. I was caulking all the corners and any check over 1/4" wide and thought I was done. Da boss looked it over and was asking "what about this one? and that one?" I told her to put a piece of masking tape by each one she wanted caulked. Seems like she used about a half a roll of tape. So ordered another case of caulk. Will snap some pictures of the inside after I get it stained and post them here.
I got a load of ponderosa pine out of a cemetery some time back and hauled some of the logs to a sawmill. Had them milled, kiln dried, and shaped to 2 x 6 t&g flooring for the loft. Will pick them up tonight. Beautiful wood, full of tight knots, alternating grain colors, and some blue stain. Only cost me about twice as much as just buying ready made t&g. Oh well.
Comment by Ted on March 23, 2009 at 11:49am
580 days .... wow! You guys must have the patience of saints. I can't even imagine going through a winter in a poorly insulated trailer. I can't blame your wife for not wanting to step back in. The good part is that all this will be forgotten after a year or two in your lovely new log home. Would like to see more of the new house if when you get around to taking some more pictures. Ted
Comment by kent ifland on March 23, 2009 at 9:39am

We had a chance to sell our house in 07 at the top of the market for close to our asking price, so we sold it and purchased a used fifth wheel camper and parked it on the property. We lived in it while we built, and since we are doing all the work ourselves while still working full time jobs, it is slow going. As soon as we had the shell dried in, we broke off and finished the basement and moved into that last fall. At that time my wife said we had been in the camper for 580 days. Time flies when yer havin' fun. The winter of 07-08 was pretty frosty and I bought enough heat tape to supply a small hardware store, but we made it thru with no freeze damage. Some of our friends said now that the house was dried in, we could go on some camping trips with them. Wrong. My wife hasn't set foot in the camper since we moved out and doesn't intend to, so I guess the camper is for sale. Two old people in a 24' camper with no slides is a pretty good test of the old marriage.
Comment by Ted on March 21, 2009 at 3:40pm
that's where we are at this time Brad. That is, get a cheap trailer and live in that while the house is being built. Once the house is closed in we can move into the house (although the Building Dept. frowns on that until you have a CofO.)

Comment by Brad on March 21, 2009 at 3:32pm
Well, one answer is live in the garage - but, that is not a good one. Might have to move back outside into the RV .
Comment by Ted on March 21, 2009 at 2:47pm
Great idea Brad but what can I do if the garage is under the house and part of the foundation?Ted
Comment by Brad on March 21, 2009 at 1:17pm
Friends have built the garage with guest quarters upstairs - then moved in there to live while the main house is being built.
Comment by Gail & Robert on February 26, 2009 at 10:56pm
We've about decided to just build a 3-car garage first, equip it with the basics, and live in it while we sell our current house and build the log home. - Robert
Comment by Glenn V on February 10, 2009 at 7:35pm
lol I read it and said it in my mind as possible and didn't realize it was misspelled. My speling somtimes is atrousiose.
Comment by Ted on February 10, 2009 at 6:39pm
Hi Glenn, I just realized that I didn't spell possible correctly sorry.


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