Sunday, November 05, 2006

671 Square Feet

That is the grand total of the block house, both levels. Teagan & I were out there today, looking things over and taking measurements. We also took some pictures. Password is homestead. We could only get to the downstairs, as the stairs going to the upper level were outside and rotted away years ago. It's a mess but the structure itself is pretty solid. There are 2 rooms downstairs and one upstairs. There is electricity to the fact there is a brand new electric box that Don & Tanna put in when they updated their system a couple of years ago. Plumbing is still an issue though.

The building is smaller than I originally thought. The footprint of the building is about 24' x 16', slightly less on the inside due to the brick walls. The larger of the downstairs rooms is 13'5" x 14'9". That would be the kitchen/dining/living room plus house the wood stove. And therein lies the other big problem. How to get all that in said space. That also doesn't account for a staircase and a bathroom.

We discussed adding a lean-to type addition on the west side where you could put a bathroom and maybe a pantry. The stairs would most likely go in the smaller downstairs room, "our bedroom" which greatly decreases our privacy. Not that there is much privacy to be had in 671 sq. ft.

We both decided we have to stop talking about it for the night. Teagan is sick, the kids are sick, and I'm recovering so all this deep thinking is frying what circuits we have left. There are so many things to think about. Debt is not an option, so it will be a matter of time, elbow grease, and God's provision of materials. We are still praying about this option and waiting to see where HE leads.

1 comment:

Partyhouse 4 God said...

I have been praying more and more and I know that it is doable and in a few years, it will be the house you have dreamed about when you add on to the barn! I guess the best thing about this is that noone can take it away and you won't owe on it-it's all yours. You and Teagan are very creative and you will beable to design a house that will meet your needs and future needs without having to move! I am excited for you and will be praying for wisdom as you figure out the best future for your family.