We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We are considering putting up one of these Country Carpenters pre-fab post and beam barn/garages up at the top of the driveway, perhaps with a small apartment upstairs.
I was told they can be put up in a week, or less, once the slab is laid down. Installing a septic field would be an additional expense that I am not sure I want to take on right now. I think we will also need a well.
Every American needs a barn. Were I running for President, that would be my promise.
Perhaps it's only nostalgia for my upbringing in New England, but when I see a picture like that of the homestead, my immediate reaction is: I want one just like it, too. In life, does it get any better than that? No way. As the golds and reds of the autumn foliage deepen in the fading sun, that's a gorgeous scene every photographer dreams about. It's enough to make me think about going back to shooting film instead of digital.
Many of the "holiday lets" that I've seen in Europe deal with the "don't want the expense of a septic field" by installing a Saniflo bathroom and 3/4" PEX back to the "main house" -- slope doesn't matter.
I've had one of Country Carpenter's print ads taped to my utility-room "idea wall" for about two years now. Let me know how the experience goes if you do use them. I think my budget probably won't stretch past the trucked-in prefab "Amish 2-Story Double-Wide Shed"
Let's get real. Where's the manure pile? Where's the junked farm machinery? Where's the years' worth of chores backlogged BEFORE the place can get that new coat of paint? Where's the weeds even the goats won't eat? Where's the tobacco advertisement on the barn roof?
Sure LOOKS pleasant but real farming is a life of hard, back-breaking work and economic insecurity.
You guys me of that old TV series and its theme song:
"Greeeeen Acres is the place for me.
"Farrrm living is the way to be...."
the sound you hear is Frost spinning in his grave at the sight of the stonewall alone...those rocks never came from any farmers field and they certainly were not stacked by one the section in the photo cost more than a tractor fercrisakes!
that is most definitely NOT a "homestead" let alone an actual farm