So, yesterday we shared our little plan to convert the attic of the barn into an apartment for us to live.
It’s only about 320 square feet. So, um, it’s small. I think we can safely call it crazy small.
I’m not sure if this was really a bombshell, but this plan is pretty exciting for us for several reasons.
- We’ll be able to sell our current house sooner, allowing us to use the equity toward our new house.
- We’ll be able to be on-site, which means it will be easier to work on the house. This will also allow us to spend more time together as a family when the house is being built. We can eat dinner, manage projects, right on-site. (Ryan plans to do most of the building himself.)
- We’ll also have less driving to and from the property. It’s nearly the same commute for Ryan from our house and from the property. So, by moving there, he won’t have double his drive every day.
- We’ll have a space that can be used as a guest space or extra living space after our new home is built.
The idea of living in the barn just kind of popped up. We had tossed around the idea of buying a mobile home, but for several reasons I won’t get into, I didn’t love that idea. Ryan was planning to build a second story deck on the barn to enjoy the view before we build. And we just started kicking around the idea. Ryan and I walked the space. (Not that that took long.) And the thought just took root and stayed there.
It’s a tiny space, so it will be a huge adjustment for our little family. We won’t be taking much. The majority of our belongings will go into storage. I’m actually insanely excited about the idea of living minimally. And if I’m being honest, excited that this minimalist living has a time frame. (Hey, I am American.)
The plan is to leave most of the space open. This end will have a door and a large deck, which will give us a little more living space.
On the other end, we’ll have a tiny bathroom and Henry’s bedroom. And Ryan and I will sleep in the main area on a Murphy bed. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll see that I’ve become obsessed with the idea of a Murphy bed.
Here’s the very scientific drawing of the space. I know you are probably asking why I’m not an architect. It’s something I wonder every day.
See? This is what we call a practical layout, right?
It’s all very exciting!
Next steps – getting electricity and a well, which are in-process. And which are pretty darn expensive. But, necessary. We plan to keep the renovation of the barn apartment to a slim budget. Ideally, we’d love to reuse and repurpose as much as possible. And obviously, we’ll share as we go.
Before we know it, our little family will finally be in our place in the country. From the moment we walked onto this land (when I was pregnant), I just *knew* it was for us. I could imagine my son playing and exploring. Maybe it was the hormones, but it was meant to be. And getting one step closer to living here is just enough to get me teary-eyed.