Once you’ve purchased property you love, building your log home feels increasingly urgent. You bought your land because you want to be there, enjoying the quiet, the fishing or the wide open spaces rather than just looking forward to them. Often, however, there are legitimate reasons to wait to build your dream home on that perfect acre, too, which puts you at the mercy of opposing forces: you want to build now, but need to build later.
The solution? Build in stages.
A smaller structure that will one day become a part of your larger home can be a great way to get onto your land and start enjoying it sooner. A carriage house, sometimes referred to as a “Garage Mahal,” is a great option. Essentially a two-story garage, it provides parking and storage on the first level and living space on the second. A footprint of less than 1,000 square feet can accommodate a comfortable studio-apartment set up now that will serve as a luxurious guest or master suite when the rest of the house is built. Whether the carriage house remains a stand-alone building or is eventually connected to the larger house, the space certainly won’t go to waste.
Depending on how often you’ll use it and how adventurous you are, other types of structures could also serve as your first living space. If you’re dreaming of a spacious outdoor living area, a covered, open-air structure would provide a comfortable place to “camp out” on your property before – and even during – your home’s construction. Include the outdoor fireplace and perhaps a screened-in eating area, and you’ve got the makings of a fantastic outdoor kitchen down the road. Likewise, if you’re planning a barn, whether for storage, parties or livestock, building it before the house will give you a place to “rough-it” comfortably while enjoying all your property has to offer.
Another way to build in stages is to leave the accessory buildings for later. Perhaps the garage can wait, or the in-law wing you’re planning can remain unfinished for a while. Whatever option you choose, building in stages can help you start living your dream today.