In my last post, I talked a bit about one of our options for a house on the property. I mentioned that we decided that we were going to try to purchase land over housing, with the plan of upgrading our housing in the future.
Our main goal is to be able to build a traditional stick house down the road. If we do that, there are many things that we could do with this building in conjunction with the farm.
Here is a picture again of what we are looking to do for our house for the time being. We think that this design is one that allows us to have a lot of options for the future.
One of these ideas is to make this building into our farm office and farm store where customers could come and purchase our products. Depending on what we would be selling, we could add displays, shelves, refrigerators, or freezers. Another idea, that could fit right along with the first, is to put in a certified kitchen where we could make value added products from what we grow and raise on the farm.
As I mentioned in the post below, we planned all of our plumbing to be on one side for budget reasons but also for future plans. On the left side of the building is a storage area, and with the plumbing all being on the opposite side, we can knock down walls to reclaim some of the building into more of a barn. We can still do any of the above ideas with this plan too.
Another idea that we have tossed around, that might work better when the kids are grown a bit, is having our farm be available for agri-tourism. This building could then be used as a sort of bed and breakfast for those who want to get out and experience life on the farm.
And finally, we can also just live in this building forever. If we need more bedrooms, we can rearrange furniture and put a bed and dresser in room that is designed as the office. We could also tear out the office walls, finish off the storage area, throw in two doors, and have two more nice size rooms. There's always the ability to add on to a building like this too.
So those are some ideas for the future with a building plan like this. It is affordable to build (especially if we do the finish work on the inside), and it leaves us with quite a few options. We haven't set this plan in stone yet, but as of now, this is our top choice.