With the addition of the love of my life and her boys, my family now has six kids under age 12 - five are boys. I don't have custody of my four all the time, but ideally i'd like to get to 50/50 and have them week on week off. To do that I need to be able have some reasonable living space for them.
Right now in our two bedroom place my daughter takes the garage, youngest (still in a crib) racks with us, and the other four boys cram in the bedroom. One idea we've kicked around is to build a simple open floor plan cabin adjacent to the house - no plumbing, no rooms, just bunkhouse style with a toyo stove for heat. Maybe a loft but only if it wasn't a big cost add on. Thinking maybe 16'x16' would be large enough for the boys to all have bunks, dressers, and some play space. Everything else takes place in the main house (meals, restrooms, etc)
- fairbanks permafrost is the location....is a pier block foundation an impossibility? probably only need 10 years of life out of the thing and then would be looking to either relocate it to a remote site (recreational) or sell it and have it hauled off. But maybe it would become a guest room or office or who knows what. need easy and cheap diy....mountain of fill and concrete trucks are not really an option
- not sure what the budget should be (and with six little ones that is the limiting factor - this has to be absolutely bare bones. likely not even finished this year - just built and livable) I'm playing with some rough sketches counting floor joists and studs etc but if anyone has an easy guess on lumber costs i'd love to hear it. at least 2x6 walls maybe more, want it to be as efficient to heat as reasonably possible.
- gabled roof would be nice and facilitate a loft, but is a simple angled shed roof substantially cheaper? definitely don't want to be out paying for trusses to be built so whatever it is needs to be something I can stick build.
- any other considerations that would let me save a ton of money?
not sure what else we can do to house them all more comfortably, but this concept of 'boy island' is one of our preferred ideas...at least at the moment. we dont want to move (cant afford to anyway) and building onto the existing house is not a possibiity (budget or even feasible)