Friday, July 28, 2006

Frugal Fridays - Our Frugal home (Tour of Homes)


Today is BooMama's Tour of Homes. Thanks so much to her for hosting this. And if you have never been here before please feel free to look around. I normally talk about something frugal on Fridays, but today I will be showing it to you.

A little background; we live on 100 wooded acres with my parents. We moved here about a year ago. We live in a double wide now with hopes to build our "realistic dream home." We (well mostly my dad) have done most everything around here ourselves. It has been a slow process, but has saved us a ton of money. For example we bought this home used and with all we have in it (moving it, foundation ect) we have spent about $15,000. Not bad for a three bedroom, 2 bath home. It even has a fireplace. It is the first time we have had one and we love it. Of course we also have all the free firewood we could ever use! Ok now on to the tour.

I know BooMama asked for a picture of the front door first, but this is really the beginning of our home. This is our driveway. It actually isn't our property here, only a right away to our property that is about 3/4 of a mile from here.








This is the front door. Yes, we do have a sidewalk and porch now, no still no grass. I think the plan now is to wait until fall to plant grass so we don't have to water so much!






Here is me in the office working on this blog. Actually, this is supposed to be the dining room, but we use it as an office. It is pretty small. We could probably get our family into it, but wouldn't be able to open up our table when we have guests, so we opted to put the table in the family room.

The family room is a large room. Nolan is in the living area of the room. Sorry the pictures of this room are dark. We tried to get as much light as possible, but without much success. I doesn't really show the room well either, but I couldn't resist the picture of Nolan. The fireplace is pretty much behind where Nolan is in the far corner. There is a sliding glass door on the back wall with a nice view into the woods. Eventually there will be a deck there too.

And yes, I did pick up this morning, but with four kids, ok never mind the four kids, just with Nolan "picked up" lasts for about ten seconds! I wasn't quick enough! So as BooMama said this is the "real deal"






Here is a shot from the other side of the room, showing our dining area.


I really enjoy my kitchen. There really isn't enough counter or cupboard space, (now is there ever enough ladies?) but it is spacious. I love the two windows by the sink. The view isn't too pretty there right now, but I can see the kids and watch the birds. This spring I could watch a momma bird and her babies from these windows. We also have a small table and my great grandmothers dry sink on the other side of this room.

Well for the last picture I couldn't decide what to use. My bedroom... not a chance that is always the last room to get cleaned and the doors are usually shut when people are over. There really isn't anything else I'd like to show in the house. I have lots of favorite spots outside, but it is difficult to go on a hike alone with Vivian and Nolan, so I didn't get to those spots today. I decided to show you where I have spent the most time outside recently.
At the blackberry bushes. I guess it is a favorite spot because I love getting all the free berries. Yes, I get sweaty and scratched up, but there is a certain satisfaction in doing the work and getting the reward. We try to go first thing in the morning when it is cooler. The kids go with me. Vivian sleeps in the stroller, Nolan steals berries from everyone's basket and Kellen and Lydia find their own spots to pick. It is generally a quiet time for me. I can do a lot of thinking while picking berries. That doesn't happen many other places.

So this is our frugal living space on the 100 Acre Wood. Next Friday I plan to share some of the other frugal shelters Tim and I have had over the years. Thanks for stopping by, come again soon!

40 comments:

  1. I have been reading your blogs now for a few month. Nancy gave me the address. I have enjoyed reading about all of you,but not that I've seen the photos it makes you all seem more real.If you want to know who i am ask yor Mom or Nancy. Mabel

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  2. What a just beautiful home and a wonderful place to live. You are so blessed, thanks for sharing.

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  3. I love my double wide, too. =) Especially since it's paid for! Wish I had those woods to go with it, though!!

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  4. You have a very lovely home! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. I loved my visit here. Our son and his family live on 20 acres in Northern CA and we go down a road much like yours to get there. Thanks for the peek!

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  6. Awww, it looks VERY clean! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Which blog home tour did she look at?!?

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  8. It's really very nice. I love that road--I'll bet it's gorgeous. And the kitchen isn't bad--I've seen way smaller.

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  9. You have a lovely home. Thanks for sharing:-)
    Have A Great weekend!!!

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  10. What a GREAT place to live!

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  11. So pretty!! Love all those trees!
    Jennifer R.

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  12. I wish I lived out in those woods..Very nice tour..thanks

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  13. It looks so secluded. I love it!!!!

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  14. Thank you so much for the glimpse into your home...you have a lovely home and I love the way you've got it all set up! Great to be living near the woods too!!

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  15. Well, one of these days, we'll get there in person, but for now, I can picture your set up better thanks to this tour. Even without all the finishing touches planned, it's just lovely. So glad for you and your family to have this dream come true.
    By the way, I've lived with a smaller kitchen -- ended up putting mixing bowls on top of the stove -- then have to watch your "p's and q's" to make sure the burners aren't turned on!
    Aunt Nancy

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  16. Beautiful home, would love to live surrounded by those beautiful woods too :)

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  17. I have always wanted a driveway like that!!
    GREAT house! And... I can relate to the clean house/kid thing. I have six kids and it feels like I am always picking SOMETHING up!
    Thanks for the tour!
    Blessings! :o)

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  18. I love your kitchen and the colors you chose and two windows, two times the view.

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  19. What a great home in a beautiful location. Picking blackberries is hard work but yum! Thanks for the tour.

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  20. What a pretty home! I love all the trees.

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  21. what a beautiful setting you are in... love the peace and serenity... I would love to be surrounded by trees and what an entry!

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  22. Plant some thornless blackberries close to the house! We have a few and my DD loves to pick them fresh.

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  23. You are so blessed. It is a beautiful home, and a beautiful property. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous!!
    Blessings.

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  24. love it - how great to be in the woods! my parents have a cabin in the woods and we love it.

    the house is really nice looking, esp from the outside. and the woods of course are perfect!

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  25. You have a beautiful home, thanks so much for the tour! I am looking forward to coming back and reading more, if you don't mind terribly much.
    Blackberries are something we enjoy to the fullest here too :) Stop by my Tour anytime!

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  26. I liked the way you started and finished the tour of your home with outdoors shots. I think that's important to a home too. "100 wooded acres" - how wonderful! Good luck on getting into your dream home!

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  27. I would love to have 100 acres in the woods! You have a nice home. Thanks for visiting me & giving me a tour of your place. Enjoy the berries for me!

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  28. when we put in some of our back landscaping we waited until the fall...i am so glad we did.
    what a cute home you have! thanks for the tour.

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  29. Thanks for the tour of your home. It's warm and cozy! We just had our monster blackberry bush removed from our backyard, and I do miss the free berries.

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  30. Thanks for the tour! I always appreciate seeing nature too. Like my home, it looks loved and lived in. : )

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  31. Beautiful home! I absolutely love the long driveway with a little grass growing up the middle. My road used to be like that, and I miss it.
    Thanks for the nice tour.

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  32. You have a lovely home! What a great blessing to have all that property. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Your home is lovely. And those blackberry bushes really really take me back to southeast Texas. Thanks for bringing back some fond memories.

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  34. What a beautiful area to live in! Thanks for sharing your home!

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  35. 100 acres? I would be in heaven! I love what you have done. I think it shows how smart you are not going into tons of debt over a home--which is hard to not do now a days!

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  36. I love the table being in the family room... how perfect! You are obviously a good steward with the blessings God has given you and it shows in your home! Thank you for opening your doors to us and making us feel so welcome!

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  37. You came by my place today so I thought I would return the favor...I loved the rustic atmosphere of your drive and your home seems like a pleasant place to be...mmmm....blackberrie jam or cobbler...either would be very nice right now!!
    :-D

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  38. Thanks so much for the tour! Best wishes to you and your in the Woods.

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  39. Oh what a beautiful view! I bet you get glimpses of God's glory all the time.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful views with us.

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  40. Ah. The country. Nice, peaceful country. :) I grew up in the country. I miss it sometimes.
    You have a lovely home! Thanks for the tour!
    And thanks for stopping by to check my tour out. :)

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