Some people daydream of sunshine and pretty flowers, fame and fortune, or long walks along the beach and candle-lit dinners. I’ve been daydreaming of living in a shipping container for the past ten years.
Now that I’ve got the property, it’s just a matter of saving up enough cash to buy the damn thing. Easier said than done. These aren’t exactly “cheap shelters.” They cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 last time I checked.
For now it remains on the wishlist:
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First view as the official owner of a one-acre spot of land with a cabin that I picked up for $17,000 cash. It’s about an hour’s drive east of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. I’m going to call this place Rancho Koogmo.
(Apologies in advance for the crappy video quality. This was recorded with an iPhone 3GS.)
Today I closed the deal on a one-room cabin situated an acre of land located about an hour’s drive outside of Dallas, Texas. Paid cash for the property. Mortgage-free! It’s got electricity, water, septic tank….and a boat shed/workshop. (Need to set aside a spot to park the school bus and shipping container…that steel roof will be useful for creating a water catchment system…)
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may have already heard that I’ve been working on buying this property for the past month or so.
I’ll be sure to post updates as I make improvements/modifications to the property. First thing I plan to do is lay down a bed of crushed granite to make a driveway. I also need a writing desk/dining table and a bed frame on which to rest a box spring and mattress. I plan to fashion these out of some old wooden pallets that I scavenged from my job.
Our journey into mortgage-free homesteading, “tiny house” living, shipping container/school bus converting begins now…
To my list of modern-day heroes — Aaron Cometbus, Dishwasher Pete — I now add Phil Garlington:
He hasn’t had a full-time job in years, and yet he manages to have enough money to eat, buy a book or two, and pursue his main passion: travel.
“I’m as unambitious as a Buddhist,” Garlington said by way of explanation. “I’d rather have leisure than income. I want plenty of time to ramble or lounge around with a book, and so don’t wish the constraint of a schedule or an overseer.”