Should have I gone the tiny house route??

During the last year, I have had many thoughts regarding what I should do in terms of housing. I am so excited about building my own house, however, some days I ask myself if it was the right move. Building your own house is a slow process.


After taking a job nearly an hour away from the townhouse that I currently own, I debated commuting forever. That idea worked well in the fall. The drive was gorgeous with the autumn leaves, however spending two hours per day in the car was not ideal. When it began to snow, my idea did not seem like the greatest. Luckily, my parents live in the same town that I am working in so I was able to stay with them when the commute got too long or the weather was bad. I feel incredibly blessed to have had this option. They probably want their adult daughter living with them about as much as I want to, so…..


My initial thought was to build a tiny house. It could be done fast and I would have a place to live. At first, it seemed like a great idea. I could build it on a trailer, rid myself of a majority of my earthly possessions and I’d be all set. There are many, many days that I question why I did not do this.


Hindsight is always 20/20. I’m sure I would have been in my house at this point. I could have built my tiny house fairly cheaply I’m convinced. All the aggravation of trying to sell or rent my townhouse would not nearly have been as stressful. By building it on a trailer, I could have lived in the tiny house for a few years while building my ‘real’ house and then sold it.


I decided not to go that route. My final thought process was why put time and money into something that would not be a long term solution?? A tiny house may have been nice for a few years, however, getting a chance to build my dream house with my father was too good to pass up.


There are still days when I question if I made the right decision?? The past week has been a bit slow. We got the rebar (reinforcing bar) and the insulation for the foundation last week. The plumbing is just about set and ready to be inspected. Once that is done, we can pour the slab. I am truly convinced that once the slab it poured, it will begin to seem like things are moving faster.

Laura Reed

About Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in marketing at a small, vibrant college in my hometown of Unity, Maine. In the process I wanted to go back to my childhood where we raised polled Herefords, had a Christmas Tree Farm and spent many hours outside. I decided I wanted to build my own home on beautiful farmland that my family owns. With help from my Dad, the most talented person I’ve ever met, we are building my home together. I have decided to blog my experience – the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations. What was once an open field will one day be my home! The dream in my head is becoming reality. I can just see the lambs frolicking in the field, chickens in the barnyard and going running with my Alaskan Malamute!