I'm still working on a land deal here.. my issue is logistical in nature--primary housing loans for the land mean I'd have to 'officially move' there long before my house would be complete, which means I have to save money for a 20% down payment investment property... laaame. I'm working on it currently. The money I have saved now will just have to go towards the land investment before I can really get this thing off the ground.
In the meanwhile, I've been trying to finalize some design features of the tiny barn. It needs to be set up in such a way that I can take it down and have it unused for a few months at a time. While I can pretty much rely on a family member to check in on it and sweep away some cobwebs, it still needs to be stuff that doesn't need constant maintenance.
I'm going to test pilot some things here at the house I'm currently living in. Like building a small outdoor kitchen area out of a camping stove in such a way that I can just open up everything and have it be protected from bugs and weather.
I'm going electric because electricity is cheap in Texas, and I can always use non-electric options like solar-power for lamps and lights and a camping stove outside. So the stove/oven will be a couple small, cheap burners and a microwave oven. The one I have here is fantastic and more than enough awesomeness for cooking. I'm not one of those crazy off-the-grid tiny types, and I'm not overly concerned about this or that environmental thing.. electricity is cheap, the machines are cheap, etc. etc.