Yesterday (4-22) we celebrated Earth Day by burning about 5 gallons of Deisel fuel and moving around a 3 ton bull dozer which in turn moved around our mobile home! We now have 2 bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 baths, huge living room, and a nice sized kitchen. Whew. I'll be able to cook again! and hubby will not have to move his computer for me to do said cooking either. :D This of course thrills both of us. We are looking at moving the bed into the living room of the mobile, and sealing off the two bedrooms (one is in each end of the mobile) and the 1/2 bath. Then just living in the smaller area while we wait for it to warm up and for us to get a woodstove. Once we get the woodstove installed, and the front bedroom painted, then we'll move the bed and bedroom stuff into the front bedroom. Thus opening up to living in a real "house" again.
It has a much bigger footprint on the land than what we want, but for now it will do. In the coming future, we'll build a house with a smaller foot print on the property that will still give us about 900 SF for us and the dogs and the greenhouse we'll build off of it. I want a footprint no larger than about 20 x 25 or 25 x 30 or so. This means that we'll build the house 2 story, which is fine for around here, and we'll put the bedroom and a greenhouse area upstairs (heat rises of course) and the bathroom/kitchen/livingroom will be downstairs along with storage.
I know this still sounds like a lot of house still, but with the potential of being snowed in for several weeks you don't want to run out of anything. Our neighbor was snowed in for 3 and 1/2 weeks in the winter of 2007 / 2008. And another person we have met since moving here was snowed in the winter of 2006/2007 for almost 5 weeks and they almost starved since they weren't expecting that snowstorm to be that bad.
But for now this mobile will be what we live in and it's a GREAT thing for us. It's in very nice condition, and with very little work we'll have it where we want it to be for living. :D We are going to use the extra bedroom for our food storage, of which we have about 3 - 4 months of right now. Expanding that is my goal for the moment. (only have about 2 months of toilet paper! One of the great necessities after food!)
Ok, I'm off for a bit. Later gaters!