So next May, I take my boards and am ready to actually leave Long Island. The SO and I were talking about renting/buying/etc... it seems we're pretty narrowed down to one area for the next 10 years at least and knowing us... that pretty much means we'll actually stay there until we retire. So our plan is to buy property and build, we've discussed all our options for buying and this way is actually the most economical for us. We decided to build a garage/apt first since this can be done with just the SO's salary... and then later on when I finish, finish school we'll build the house. We'll likely end up renting at the very beginning, but we're pretty much immediatly going to start looking to purchase property. I actually already have my eye on a piece, I just hope it's still available when we're ready! I want this style: But I want it put on this building bc the floorplan/layout pretty much suits us perfectly(the only thing I'm changing is that back porch is going all the way across like the front one does with an entrance from the master bedroom): Garage Level: Apartment Level: Once our house is built, we'll likely rent this apartment out. In my dream world, a postive reinforcement sport dog trainer rents this because of my super awesome fenced in agility ring and we become best friends and she helps me train my dogs in various dog sports. :lol-sign: Anyway, yes this is all over a year away.... but to say I'm excited is an understatment... hence the I actually have it all planned out now!