This post is me sharing an update of my journey to moving from my old homestead property in Milton, Florida, the place I’ve called home for over 28 years, north to Jay, Florida where I bought an acre of beautiful property and a house that was built in 1939. If you haven’t read the previous posts then stop reading this and scroll down to catch up on the 1939 house and see the pictures. Much has happened since I closed on that purchase on June 11, 2021. Many things have not gone as I had planned but I try to adapt and be flexible changing my plan as need be. I had wanted to build a large garage on a concrete slab but the lead-time was about 5 months before they would start building. I checked with many builders and the shortest start date was at least 8 weeks. I found many businesses that had portable buildings on display wouldn’t sell the displays and wait time for those was just as long. I finally found Back Yard Barns in Pace Florida had good selection on the lot that could be delivered within days not weeks and so I chose a 12′ x 24′ garage and a 12′ x 32′ cabin. We had a few hiccups when it came to delivery and set up due to weather and to my discovery of a buried propane tank at the property I purchased which was hidden under a large shrub that I had to remove in order to have access to my property behind my 1939 house. I will tell more about that in another post and more about the buildings but I am going to include a few pictures in this post, see below.
The garage building I purchased will house most of my yard and shop tools. I am in process of building a ramp so I can drive the riding mower inside the garage. I intend to put up some pole barn type sheds later for some of the gardening stuff. The cabin will be space for most of my belongings that I use often and the 1939 house will hold many of the things I will be using to repair, restore, and renovate it with. I have a lot of work to do on the 1939 house but most work will come later after I am totally moved from my old homestead in Milton which will be complete by the end of the year 2021.
I have found out that going back and forth from old homestead property in Milton and new homestead property in Jay takes time and expense that could be better spent and that is why when I came across a good deal on a camper I decided to purchase it because it will enable me to be up there longer periods of time because I can have Zoie with me while I’m working of the new homestead. Zoie has to stay in air conditioning due to a medical condition or she can die if overheated. I can’t leave her home alone for more than a few hours at a time so it has been slow going trying to do things in Jay at the property and take care of her. The camper will allow me to bring her with me and she can stay in camper while I work of stuff around the Jay property such as putting up some fences so that I can bring Tango up there too. He can be outside and he loves to run around so I need some fencing up so that he can run around and enjoy the new property too. The camper will enable me to have a home immediately instead of trying to fix the 1939 house because the camper gives me a kitchen, bathroom, dinning room and a place to sleep! Below are some pictures of the camper. I plan to modify the inside to accommodate Zoie and myself.
I have been testing all the systems and getting familiar with the camper while it is parked at the old Milton homestead where I have it parked temporarily. I got it registered with a tag and insurance over past few days. I need to fill the propane tanks, fill the fresh water tanks, and empty the holding tanks. Fresh water will be important in Jay because I have the water off at the meter because I need to work on the lines to the house. I have the camper plugged into a 20 amp circuit breaker by using an adapter at the old homestead garage but it needs a 30 amp breaker for longer term use; I am still working on installing a 30 amp RV service box at the new homestead. As for the holding tanks, I need to find a dump station convenient to the Jay homestead until I can figure out the septic tank. I have found the tank but I haven’t dug around it yet to find the inlet from house and I need to dig around to find the outlet so I will know where my drain field is located. Once I find the inlet then I can test the tank to see if it is still good. I want to install a cleanout at the inlet to also be used for the camper to hookup sewer connection so I don’t have to be taking it to a dump station.
If you have been following my journey then you know that when I sold my Milton homestead the deal I made was land only and I have until the end of the year 2021 to relocate any and all of the buildings if I so choose but whatever is not moved by the end of the year will belong to the guy who bought the place from me and he likely will be bulldozing everything because he will be rezoning the property to commercial.
I will have more to share about my journey in the next post so stay tuned and check back.