As Pam and I approached retirement we decided that our then current home was not going to suit our retirement needs. We breed, raise and show AKC registered basset hounds which requires more than the typical subdivision house and lot that we had at the time. In addition our co-breeder lived 140 miles away near San Diego, California. I also wanted space for a woodworking shop but still have a garage for at least two of our vehicles.

We decided to explore different housing choices. One that excited us was “manufactured homes.” They provided a lot of square footage for the price and we would be able to place one on a piece of land. It became clear as we got into this option deeper that the costs were much higher than we first thought.

That led us to explore the real estate market for homes in the San Diego area as well as other areas in Southern California. As chance would have it we found an excellent manufactured home on more than an acre of land within two miles of our co-breeder’s home for far less than it would have cost us to place such a home on a piece of property. The property was a foreclosure. Because we had already researched these homes, we jumped on the deal.

Although the home did not come with a garage there was already a graded space next to the house for one. The construction of a 24’ x 40’ shop/garage building is documented here. We contracted the building of the structure through Tuff Shed. It was a prefab building but it matched our house very well.

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