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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New House


For the first time in our life together, we are not living in a home that we built ourselves, which is a little sad. The huge benefit to this is that I’m not sure we would have had the energy to start from scratch again! The downside is that it’s taken a while to get to know the ins and outs of the new place.

Both of our previous two homesteads were built with nature very much in mind, using the sun and the land around us to do most of our heating and cooling. We were also off-grid, so no bills besides internet and phone. This place is not nearly so efficient, and it is one of our goals to get everything to a much higher level of self-sufficiency than it is.

That said, the house is beautiful. It’s nestled into the woods of East Texas and is very private and cozy. You can’t actually see the place from anywhere until you’re right up on it, which suits us just fine.

It’s a two bedroom building, built in 1941, with a large living space that’s divided by a central fireplace. There are two bathrooms and a pantry area. In short, just what we need, at least for the time being.

Off to the side is a small, unfinished cabin. We’re about to start working on this, converting it into a two room, one bathroom guesthouse.

There is also an absolutely huge and amazing workshop, which has two rooms and three bays. This was kind of a mess when we first got here, but we’ve been gradually cleaning it out and tidying it up. It is so far beyond the shop we built on our previous place and we love it.

We have plans galore for this new stage of our lives, and we are looking forward to everything we might be able to achieve.

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