Downsizing decisions - Modular or Stick Built?
I currently don't have a small home, I currently have a 2500 sq ft. home on 20 acres with a barn and a couple other out buildings. I live in this large (to me) home with my 2 dogs and 3 cats. And it's draining me physically and financially.
I turned 55 this year and had an epiphany ... and decided I needed to simplify life. To add to the madness, besides working full time as a banker, I have a daylily nursery that I run out of my farm, and a greenhouse that is taken care of by a local Hosta group.
So this summer, I am selling off the daylilies and have told the Hosta group to find a new home for their greenhouse before fall. My plan is to list the farm next spring and move to a smaller footprint.
I'd like a 1400-1500 sq ft ranch, no cathedral ceilings (which i have now) on 3 to 5 acres. The acreage depends on how many I need to take my three miniature donkeys with me. Two of them have been with me since they were born and the third has been here for a long time. I don't trust people to take care of them the way I think they need to be taken care of, so they need to go with me.
I've been watching the real estate market since the beginning of the year, and haven't seen any property that would even begin to meet my needs. So I think I have to build something new.
Has anyone built a modular home? Or a panelized home? Both these types of homes have their pieces built in a factory in a controlled environment, not in the rain and elements.
Then I have to figure out how to sell the farm, build a new one at the same time using the equity I have on this one, and then move a farm! LOL!
It's going to be a crazy year, next year!!!
Would love to hear what any of you have done ...