Chris, you and Mary do not fuss too much about “perfections”.
The house my wife and I live in started out in 1906 as four rooms on the ground floor with an outside stairs on the covered back porch to access the two upstairs bedrooms. That rear porch got torn off and an enclosed shed addition put on in the 1940’s. The stairways then moved internally central. STILL had no internal bathroom, toilet, laundry area. My father-in-law added a internal toilet&shower stall into one downstairs bedroom corner with a gravity septic system in the 1950’s.
Now ALL of this was still spanning a few sawn-off western cedar stumps and layed down local flat rocks, and sawn beam. The “later” 1940’s onto just layed down cinder-block beam footers. Groan.
Horrifying that I could not convince the Wife and her father to let me spend the ~$17K quoted to raise this all up and put onto a proper continuous concrete foundation back in 1995/6 prior to adding onto…
So that old, now permanently attached to the extension doubling we did back then (required to be on a modern concrete foundation) continues to slowly leaning-tower sink and settle!!
Father-in-law had wanted us to bulldoze it all down and just move in a manufactured home into it’s place.
Wife wanted her girl childhood rainy day play house to live out the rest of her life in.
Ha! At 62 now she will have this. We will live out here. Die here. Then, the bulldozers can come.
And our sub-standard house in now very tax reduced without that foundation. CANNOT be used as an enslaving never-ending home-loans ATM machine.
You and Mary are head and shoulder above the majority of the current-culture enslaved by pursuing rural home/farm ownership. Stay far, far away from “bank” houses and barns.
Current-culture has so, so many resource draining/distracting 'autta-haves, must-haves with us all being bled weak for others benefits.
The reality touch-point could be the old “Five Acres and Independence” book. If it ain’t a current available version of what is in there for rural/farm fuctioning/building; best to say - Pass-No.
“No Sir. No Sir. Don’t want it. Don’t need it. And couldn’t afford it if I did.”
On my way out to the big county annual Fair and practicing that mantra to not get sucked in on blowing up my monthly very limited budgets on huckster spins.
tree-farmer Steve unruh