2003, and 6 years since we bought The TangleWoods.
The building project
is getting yet another run for it's money, rather our money - All Our Money.
That statement is a scary one, for real. Keeps me awake at night.
We finally have a plan. We even staked out a spot behind the mobile home to
build. Space requires us to drop some trees which we preferred not to do.
A few months goes by before Dee breaks down in disgust at having to drop trees,
shove us further back in the property, etc. She was just appalled at the
prospect of building there.
Project halts again. We work through weeks of heartache
discussing our building and if we really need to do it at all - again. The
mobile home is near worthless, and will never increase in value, heck it's
really beginning to fall apart and needs to be replaced. (pulling in another
mobile home was also discussed many times). The property is the value
We also have $13,000 worth of building material plus other building
associated goods collected. Honestly, more than once we discussed just
bagging this TangleWoods of piles and selling the place, but what we have found
is that as the mortgage rates get lower it has made this property less and less
desirable. Only One place will loan you money for this '69 trailer, and it
is at a very high mortgage rate with a very high down.
So, although it
would be cheap for someone to buy this place, it would cost much more down
payment, and could only
be financed at the highest mortgage rate, etc. - It works out that a home buyer
would be much better off and get better financing to buy any other regular
house with low down, good mortgage rates, & operation costs. So, I think
we are stuck with it - and we either do nothing and live with it, or we try to make something better
out of it and BUILD DAMNIT.
to replacing the trailer or building. Two things we discovered about just
replacing this trailer with another was that we would have to totally move out
of this trailer, totally dismantle and demolition it on the spot then haul the
debris to the dump. Then, re-construct a new trailer foundation and clear
landscaping to bring in another trailer. Secondly, was satisfying that
bank loan and paying for the new trailer with a large refinance plan putting us
in a a very expensive "trailer". After more research into buying a new
trailer for the 3rd or 4th time we again abandoned the prospect once and for
Back to finding a space to clear and build. We
had red flags at every step of the way marking locations.
We ended up picking a small as possible footprint area
directly behind the current trailer.
Building there would require removal of our large tool
and storage shed and small wood shed.
The loss of space to work and store stuff would be an
I contacted a good ole friend of mine to ask him to be my
initial building consultant. Thanks to Rod hobelman we had an outside
experienced person to keep me doing the right things at the right time.
We settled on a spot, settled on a basic plan, settled on
a basic design. The dream had just turned into a Reality. We
were going to build it!