We moved!!! If you follow us on Instagram you have been seeing all our cabin related photos if not... well you have been missing out. We recently purchased a cabin in the mountains of Colorado and are settling in. I have been getting a lot of questions about this unique space and have answered a few of the most commonly asked questions below. We are so excited about this new space and hope you will follow along as we turn it into our forever home.
- Are you living in the cabin full time or is it just a vacation spot? This is our full time home, we are not independently wealthy and don't own more than one home. This home was purchased with the intention of being our forever home (I just said home like a million times sorry) But anyway NOT a vacations spot totally and completely our main dwelling place outside of when we are traveling. We have thought about maybe turning it into an Air BnB and traveling full time but have some work to do on it first to get it to that point.
- How did you find your cabin? Through a realtor! We were not necessarily looking for an aframe more just a home in the mountains and this is what we found. We were searching every day, checking the listings, going to showings, and this home actually wasn't our first choice.... but we were out bid or too late for the other homes we wanted and when we saw this one just fell in love completely. I don't think there is a special place to find cabins all the ones we toured were just local homes for sale like any other home.
- How much land do you have? We have 5 acres with a stream on the property. I am super excited about this as it gives both the girls and our dogs so much room to run and play and gives us the space to expand or really do whatever depending on what we decide to do down the road. We also have fishing rights on our land which I don't fish so it is pretty useless right now but could be awesome someday if we ever get into fishing!
- What happened to the bus? I blogged about this HERE but for those of you who missed it we sold the bus. It was too big for the places we wanted to go and our plan is to get something much smaller for traveling but we also needed a home base. We actually sold the bus on Ebay and someone shipped it to Hawaii which was pretty awesome. The cabin is an exciting opportunity to have a home base in a place that we love while also still traveling as much as possible.
- How far away is the nearest town? The nearest town is actually only about 10 minutes away. I know it doesn't look like it from the pictures but we are not that remote. There are grocery stores, a brewery, and several really delicious coffee shops and restaurants. AND a super popular ski town is only about 30 miles away which is perfect for this winter and one of the reasons we picked this cabin because we totally plan on skiing!
- Do you have any neighbors? We do! One directly across from us and several around us. One even brought us bread to welcome us to the neighborhood the other day. The cabin is remote but in a remote community vs. just all alone.
- Are you worried about wild life? No... and yes. So there are elk, hawks, coyotes, and I am sure more animals I have yet to run into. My biggest concern actually isn't for the girls but for our dog Sadie as weighing only 7 pounds she is totally hawk or coyote bait. We aren't back in the trees even though yes there is national forest and BLM land all around us so I am not really worried about bears or mountain lions but regardless we are careful with the girls and the dogs to make sure that nothing happens.
- What do you do for work that you are able to live so far out? This one always surprises people but we don't have special jobs and aren't independently wealthy. Ben works for the city and I blog mostly but Ben's job is a 9-5 job that requires us to stay in one place. Someday we would like to find more mobile or seasonal work so we can travel more but for now his job is what we have. So on that note the commute is 2 hours each way... we are currently looking for a trailer to use on his workdays so we can travel down with him and then spend the weekend at the aframe.... or out exploring other places in the trailer.
- How close is the nearest hospital? It isn't that far away! Only about 29 miles or so! We hopefully will never have a reason to head there quickly but even if we had to it isn't that far away and living so close to ski areas the response time is pretty good for emergencies.
- Where will the girls go to school? There is a local school that is actually brand new and I am currently working on enrolling Jessamyn in preschool now. I am really excited for her because it is a brand new school and talking to them the focus on outdoor living and mountain culture is huge and something I think Jessamyn will really benefit from.
- How many rooms does the cabin have? The cabin has one main living area downstairs and then two small rooms upstairs. It is about 750 square feet and not that big but perfect for us and what we have. I have received a lot of questions about living in a small space which I will blog about at another time because there is so much to be said and this blog post wont do it justice. Oh and yes the girls will be sharing a room.
Okay! There is a short little Q & A about the cabin! If you have any other questions leave them in the comments below and I will add them in!
ps. I am planning on painting the outside at some point so if you have any color suggestions I would love to hear them!