big dreams, no funds
hi! sarah here, currently living in arizona, originally from florida. i have had a fascination with living minimally in small spaces since i was a kid and iíve been dreaming of creating a cost-efficient, nomadic lifestyle for a couple years now. while i still donít have all the money or skills needed, my determination has only grown.
i want to build a cosy cabin-like living space with a nicely finished but rustic hand-built feel i can be glad to call my home and have the flexibility to take it with me wherever i may go. originally i had my sights set on converting a large school bus and having as much space as possible, a long-term dwelling solution and exciting first home. but for the time being iím more motivated to start small and finish the project sooner and be on my way, possibly a short bus camper that will be even more minimal, but plenty sufficient for me to continue pursuing my travel and lifestyle goals. iím also considering a large van as an option for this first project, and iím sure a lot of it will come down to affordability. my thoughts are that after gaining experience with a smaller project such as this, when i do become ready to expand my living space i could take my time, having already created an affordable dwelling and lifestyle, and make the perfect long-term bus home with some veteran skills. in any case, i want to build as sustainably as possible and hope to find reclaimed wood and other materials to keep costs and new materials at a minimum.
any suggestions on what i can do to make progress and move toward getting started with a nonexistent budget? what methods of generating needed funds and cutting costs have worked in your experience? as far as making that first big initial purchase, where should i be looking to find tried and true sellers? thanks for any helpful tips you can offer!