Memorial day was a major step forward for us. We have the second to the last (but the most important) leg of money coming into our household. Now we can absolutely start shopping for land *with intentions to buy.* We know exactly what we can spend, and what have to play with.
While I am holding my tiny house off for this year (in pursuit of more adventures, so it's not so bad.. this leisure time is required by my soul, and I'm nothing if not a follower of my heart. Illogical little beast.) I may not be holding off as long as I anticipated in at least getting started. I've been weighing the costs of different aspects.. and I think that if I build it myself with my father, slowly over time as I gain access to money, I can build my tiny house in a year or two's worth of income from nursing school. Within three years I can probably have it up and running. My idea right now is to maybe buy a broken down RV/camper and I can live out of that whenever I need space to myself, and slowly put my house together as I gain the funds.
This gives me the option to make some really unique changes to my household--like the way it is heated and cooled and powered--so that when it is built it could be completely net-zero if I design it right while it is being built.
Right now my father and I are disagreeing on how to fence in the house. He wants to put a fence in just around our immediate house. I say we need a fence around the whole property so that not only do we have clear definitions for outsiders and ourselves, but also we don't have acres to chase the dog or kids around on. At least there will be a fence to stop them at the end of it. We may end up doing a hybrid of both.