We're looking at a 10 year plan, Sozobe. For now it's a getaway that needs a fair amount of work (it's a 5 hour drive away). If technological change catches up with my husband sooner, it may be where we retire to after cashing in our house. This season we concentrated on essentials like building an outhouse and solar shower (passive solar as in the barrel holding the water is black...in September it's downright passive aggressive
). There's a drilled well with a hand pump so we have potable water year round but there's no heat inside at the moment -- saving up for a good wood stove. We've cleared the overgrown cedars around the building, dragged 8+ garbage bags full of squirrel nests out of the attic, patched holes in the soffits and facia that let the squirrels in, painted facia and window frames that soaked it up like a sponge. The ceiling is 12 feet high so just getting into the attic was a challenge -- I can't wait to paint given my fear of heights... We upgraded the hydro from 40 amp (40 amp!) to 200 so we can put in baseboards to keep the insurance company happy. There's an acre of land and lots of trees (cedar, white pine, birch, some oak) and lots of wildflowers where the old ball diamond used to be. We are so grateful to the former owners who used it as a hunt camp because they didn't destroy anything. The put up partitions for cell-sized bedrooms but those came down easily. Two of the original hanging lights are still working. It's like a time capsule!