I started looking at land for sale. You really can't get much of an idea by reading a realtor's brief description and examining a few photos. It's overwhelming to consider buying land that is 4-5 hours away. The wise choice would be to rent in an area before buying, of course. It just annoys me to enter into a rental contract and spend more money on rent from our savings.
In order to move, we'd cut off income. We'd have to a) find a place to rent, b) look for land for sale, and still be thinking about c) what is our long term plan for income?
|Image from http://www.econesthomes.com/|
However, it does seem unwise to purchase land before knowing what exactly we'd like to be doing. So perhaps what we want to do should drive the decision about where to relocate.
I have started thinking about timber framing. A school called Fox Maple in Maine teaches a week long workshop. And a company called Econest in Oregon that specializes in timber frame houses with clay/straw walls. Their houses and philosophy are Asian-inspired and the pictures are breathtaking. They offer workshops too.
Finally, a type of building that truly agrees with me down to my bones. I look through the many pictures I've saved in my inspiration folder, and suddenly I see that timber frames are all through it.
And I hear that timber framing is like making furniture--and I think that maybe after I build a house for us, I could apply the same skills to putting furniture together. Without nails or screws, with handtools. In an ancient traditional way, built to last for a century or more.
I must chase down guides into this new life. If anyone has suggestions about courses they'd recommend or other resources, I'd love to hear from you!