I am beginning to have doubt that we will ever get this house built. There, I said it. If you know us, or if you’ve been reading this blog for the past couple of years, you’ve followed our progress from attempted house buying to finding joy with our container house builder to buying our lot to selling our home in preparation to build to all the details that we’ll include in the new house. But there is still no new house.
People ask me about our house progress every single day, and I have no good answer. There is no house. I normally follow that declaration with “yet,” but even my optimism is beginning to fade. I expected us to move into this new house no more than a few months after selling our home, but we are several months out of that and we still don’t even have a construction loan secured. Why? Well, beyond numerous personal and professional setbacks for every person involved in this project, we still don’t have a contractor bid that can meet our budget, and we need a bid to take to the bank for a loan.
Our reasoning for going with shipping container construction in the first place was that it met our aesthetic sensibilities and that we could achieve modern, green living at a minimal budget. But maybe we can’t. Maybe you do have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get a modern house; that’s certainly propagated in design magazines. If that’s the case, we’re out of luck and ideas for where and how we’d like to live.
I should say all is not lost…we haven’t given up quite yet. We’re still waiting on bids, and they could be lower than expected (however, at the same time, container prices are higher, so a lower bid is unlikely). We could also choose to compromise on our design—use 40 foot containers instead of 45 footers to save money, use cheaper/less-green construction materials, etc.—but we aren’t really willing to do that. So, we’re still in a wait-and-see mode, as our landlords tire of us squatting at our old house/their new house, and our future homesite sits untouched…I just don’t know how long we can last like this.