So I have some land in the middle of nowhere. It’s got well and septic already, and electric is already hooked up. It’s got a busted mobile home on it. I want to get rid of the mobile home and put in a livable unit. I was thinking of a tiny home, but tbh I like the idea of having some space to move around and store my stuff, and honestly I think a lot of the cost of tiny homes is in making the space “nice” which I value much less than most others. So…
I’ve been ruminating on the idea of building a metal garage to live in. Maybe 1500-2000 SF. Basically I just want a big garage with a couple of partitions to make a bedroom and a bathroom. The partitions could be office cubicle partitions for all I care. Some of the rest of the space would be kitchen space, living space (a sofa and a tv), and the rest of it would be storage for business materials. I don’t care about flooring, the concrete is fine, I’ll just get some rugs. I don’t care about drywall. For the kitchen I don’t even care about cabinets. I can find a dresser on the side of the road and that will be just fine for pots and silverware. So basically I need a kitchen sink, a bathroom sink, a shower, and a toilet, and the cheapest ones at that. Aesthetics don’t matter. Summer temps average like 93F so I suppose I’d need insulation. I don’t know anything at all about home building so I’d probably be hiring people to put it together. So, my questions are:
How much would it cost to do something like this?
I’ve heard quonset garages are cheapest, but I do want windows. Thoughts?
Is there a reason besides aesthetics that most people opt for tiny homes and don’t consider something like this?
The land is in an area that is very hot and has a crazy amount of bugs. If the building is well-built, can I keep bugs out as reliably as a ‘normal’ house?
How about my AC situation? AC is a must in this area. Would more thorough partitioning allow me to save on AC, and would the cost balance out?
Am I missing some important things that make a place ‘livable’?
I’ll have to verify if such a thing is even possible with the building department anyway, but are there often hurdles to getting something like this approved as a dwelling unit?
How much does it cost to remove a dilapidated mobile home? There are no wheels and it’s quite literally falling apart, like caving in on itself falling apart.
Thanks very much for your input.