So the project got put on hold temporarily…
But only so we could buy some property to park Casita II!
We decided we wanted the security of owning the land and being able to control access with gates. Normally, I see gates as a nuisance, but to protect our investment and privacy, we went with a place in North San Diego County.
This involved using money that would have otherwise gone into the tiny house for a down payment and closing costs, as well as to prep the new site.
First, we had to demo a well-fortified garden and dispose of what turned out to be multiple bales of hay. The entire garden had wire mesh buried underneath which further complicated the process. The three pictures below are from the real estate listing.
The previous owner had a few dogs. I unearthed probably two-hundred of these bones.
Once the old garden was clear, I ordered a truck load of road base which is essentially decomposed granite and crushed stone. I spread this throughout the yard and leveled as best as I could. I then used a rented plate compactor to achieve the finished result seen below. The reason I chose this material instead of 3/4″ stone, like I did at the original build site, is that this is more visually appealing and easier to walk on.
With the new site prepped and ready, it was time to make the move. I hired the same guy who had moved our friend’s tiny house to their new site, and it could not have been easier. Casita II got a lot of looks on the drive through the North County back roads!
After Casita II was leveled in its new home, I set to work digging a trench for electric and water.
We love our new neighborhood and property and hopefully we can find good renters for the house while we continue to pursue our dream of tiny house living.
Some common questions we have been asked:
Q: Why would you buy a house after spending so much time building the tiny?
A: Many reasons. Security, for one. Suppose that we have a family in the future and outgrow Casita II? We wanted the flexibility of controlling our lifestyle and having more than one option for whatever the next few years bring. Owning the property means we don’t have to worry about a lease expiring as well.
Q: Housing is so expensive! Why not just buy land instead?
A: That would have been great, except vacant land in Southern California is scarce and often requires a full payment. We used a VA loan which is something that can not be used just for land. There is also the matter of permitting and installing utilities. Even if the plan was to live off-grid, there are very few places within a reasonable distance to work that this would be possible and would certainly be met with government scrutiny.
Sprint 12 Totals
CURRENT PROJECT COST = $27,130.65
CURRENT PROJECT HOURS = 665
See you soon 🙂