Huge news in my near future! My mom and I just put down money on a chunk of rural property about 15 miles south of my current rental house. She just sold her previous house so we’ll be able to buy this outright and now owe anyone for it. The property is technically in Chimacum, WA, on the Olympic Peninsula.
It is 5 acres, about 1/2 wooded (Alder/Maple one side, Western RedCedar the other), cornered into a huge 80 acre forrestry lot (still owned by the company that just sold/closed the local paper mill). It has a private well installed (recently recertified), recentely recertified septic tank, and existing foundation (former house removed in 2005, reasons unknown) that looks like it’s in decent shape.
The big thing is that there is a huge metal barn/shop, which is insulated, wired for both 120/240v power, concrete slab floor, a large loft, and 10-foot pass-through doors. The rafters between the ground floor and the loft aren’t great for lifting abilities, but could probably have a few heavy beams installed into them to provide lifting points, say to remove a truck bed and install a gasifier!
Another major thing for me is that while I technically have 2 neighbors, I should be far enough seperated from them to not have to worry about my damned allgeries 24-7. Also, with the shop, even if my neighbor mows his field, and the wind happens to be blowing straight at me, I can just hunker down in the shop and keep working. No more “drop everything where it is and hope I make it inside on 1 breath of air”
There is also a “play cabin”, which is pretty much just a 12’x12’ stick-frame with plywood walls, a roof, and a door. Between that, the shop, and a 29’ travel trailer my friend is selling, we should have more than enough sleeping places while we build the house on the site.
I haven’t had a true “home” since I was about 7. Everything has been precarious rentals, living with my parents between said rentals, and my school years where I was officially “living” one place but spending my weekdays in a different city 50 miles away.
Satellite view of the lot: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwBiuqz6mPYmMF9PT1MxT2ZhWG8/edit?usp=docslist_api