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Old 10-29-2013, 05:40 AM
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"Temporary" House Ideas

My wife and I were supposed to sign on a house and land in the next few weeks, but after inspection reports came back, we had to pass on it.. My parents gave me 2 acres a couple years ago that I keep my horse on, but it's not quiet as much as we would like. We're both finishing school, working full time and tired of barely making ends meet (which leaves no room for truck funds), so we're looking at "temporary" house ideas..

Open to any suggestions, but what we're looking for is something decent sized as we have 2 girls, efficient, and fairly cheap.. We would really like to stay away from a mobile home, but will use it as a last resort..

Ideas we've come up with so far:
1) Steel building, frame out inside, and use later as a shop..

2) Lowes "storage shed".. If you've ever seen the barn style shed/shop out front, they have larger ones that can actually look decent.

3) Pole barn, again framing out inside, and later use as a shop/barn.

4) Mobile home.. Would really prefer this as a last resort..

ANY ideas are welcome, along with opinions and what not.. Thanks!
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Idk what your budget is but my family bought a 60x40 miracle truss steel building kit for about 17k, roughly 10 years ago. Add another couple grand for the foundation, wood and sheet rock to frame it out and your in business for around 20k. Plus I'm sure a smaller kit would be cheaper. 2/3 guys and a forklift can put one up in a couple days, and then you'll have a sweet shop later. Just my 2 cents


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Man this is just where my family was a year and a half ago. Same scenario. We ended up staying with my parents...... I wouldn't recommend that. Would a 5th wheel or camper be a possibility?
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X2 on the camper, I bought a Jayco Bungalow over a year ago. Been living in it since while saving to buy/build house, I'll recoup 75% of the cost when I sell it.
But if mobile home is last on your list, I must say it is just a fancy tiny mobile home.
I do like the steel building idea if you have the cash.
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Haha, thanks guys. We started out in our camper, and then moved in with parents (worst decision ever) then rented for a while. Now we're at the point of being tired paying everyone else for something that isn't ours. But we're not financially stable enough with our current jobs to go out and buy a house.

We've thought about a larger camper and tying into my parents, splitting the bills. And resale shouldn't be too hard. So thats a good possibility.

On edit: I forgot to mention this may be a 2-3 year deal, so the camper might not be the best idea.. I have a feeling it would be a little cramped..

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Around $25k give or take a little.

We're really considering the metal building, because it can be had for about $11k. Then can be finished out decent inside and later either be used for a shop, or somewhere for my brother to stay if interested.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:37 AM
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the first thing i thought is wont you get in trouble by the state for living in a metal building?
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