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If you are one that dreams of living a simpler life and have ever wondered what it would be like to live without having to pay for electricity, water and other services that our modern lives require, then read on. Understanding what it is really like to “Live off the Grid” is NOT as simple as many believe it is. Having some practical experience here, I can tell you that “living simply” is not “living easy.” Bit is it worth the effort? YES it is.

 

Living off the grid simply means having a self-sustaining domicile that is independent of outside utilities. While survivalists may initially come to mind, for many, the goal of living off the grid is simply to live healthier and leave a smaller carbon footprint. It also means you grow much of your own food, meat and fruits.
People that are trying to live a simpler lifestyle sometimes struggle with where to begin. Here are some steps to self-sufficiency that anyone can do; just make sure you have a well thought out plan so that you do not become overwhelmed.

 

1. Planting and growing your own food:
Some people who have never gardened before may think that having your own garden is a simple task. It is not. From determining the size you need to grow a year’s supply of food to preparing the ground, to planting, maintaining, harvesting, processing and storing your food supply, there is much work involved. But the benefits are: You grow your own food and rid yourself of store bought produce. You may also want to understand that growing your own food may be as expensive, or more so, than buying from farmer’s markets. There are some crops that take time to produce. Fruit trees, berries, asparagus beds, rhubarb and other crops may take from a couple of years to several years to get your first harvest.

 

 

2. Plant soft fruits :
Along with strawberries also plant raspberries, blackberries, blueberries etc.. They do not take up a lot of space and will produce fresh and tasty fruits year after year.

 
3. Plant a few fruit trees :
with modern day dwarf varieties that are available on the market today you can plant a few fruit trees that with pruning and training will be bountiful in several years without taking up much room at all.

 
4. Raise a few small backyard animals :
The amount of space required by a small flock of chickens or rabbit hutch is minimal and is a great source for nutrients for you and your backyard farm. There is nothing better than making breakfast or a cake with eggs fresh from the source. Plus they are a great asset with help keeping bugs and insects in check and will gladly take care of any extra vegetables or fruit from the garden for you.

 

Free PDF manuals to taking back your life.  Raising your own foods.  Next series will cover “Processing what you grow” and “Heirloom Recipes” for scratch cooking.

 

 

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As with all aspects of life for everyone, my life is in constant flux. The ebb and flow of thoughts, ideas and goals change daily. With my retirement looming in the near future, I will soon have the freedom of many choices. One “new” change in plans is the construction of my tiny house. I have decided (at this time anyway) to continue living in my 5th wheel and redesign the tiny home into a mobile (if needed), fully equipped woodworking shop.

 
I have the design completed for the interior work area that will allow me my personal space to work wood and the only exterior change from the original plans will be replacing the single rear door with a double door that opens onto the porch. The exterior will change from beveled cedar to live edge pine boards and chinking to give this a log cabin style look. My idea is that I can work inside the shop, creating items to sell and be able to set up a unique store front at flea markets or other locations on the weekend. I am hoping the uniqueness of this tiny log cabin will draw people in, even if it is just to look at the shop. Time will tell, but the concept of reaching this goal is making the time to retirement very slow.

 
For those who are still deciding on building your own tiny house, I wish you much success and awesome journeys.

 

I have added some great videos that can answer some of the many questions people have when designing their own tiny house.

 

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My new office chair

 

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How to live in a tiny house.

Living in a house smaller than some people’s walk-in closets may not be for everyone, but those who are able to do so reap many benefits for themselves and for the world around them. Here are some tips for choosing the best type of small house for you and how to simplify your life so living in a small house is enjoyable and not confining.  Read more…

 

25 Brilliant Tiny Homes That Will Inspire You To Live Small

These micro houses prove that there is a certain beauty in finding a low-impact solution for you and your family. Bigger isn’t always better. Fans of the tiny home movement swear by it: when we simplify our lives and live “smaller” big savings – and improvements to the overall quality of your life – are possible.  Read more…

 

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After many hours of soul searching and spending many nights on the internet, you have decided that you want to “live tiny”. Excellent. You have also decided between a tiny house on wheels or a foundation. The next step is to find your dream home…tiny sized. So where do you begin? You have only 3 choices here:

 
1. Purchase from someone who is advertising a tiny home they have constructed. But be careful as the market is filled with substandard units. Pay a personal visit to these units and use the same techniques as you would if you were buying a normal size house. If the tiny house is on wheels, construction is much more vital to the integrity, as is the frame and axles size. I have seen tiny houses built on boat trailers, utility trailers and other under-weight frames. Remember that the home and the frame will take much more abuse when pulling it down the road.

 
2. Purchase a unit from a reliable manufacturer and pay the cost. Many of these homes range in the $60K to $120K. Granted, you have the quality, the availability to customize and a short time from order to road time. There are many manufacturers available and many are very reliable, friendly and will take the time to sit down and discuss your ideas.

 
3. Built it yourself. This takes some research, some skills and some time to accomplish but the savings can be huge. You can build it to any size, configuration and customization that you can imagine. The pride of building it yourself is a bonus. Here you can build a tiny home for a few thousand dollars and the range and design will be what you can afford. Just remember that the frame and axle weight of the trailer is very important, as is the weight of the materials you use for construction. Depending on these factors will determine what size truck you will need to haul your tiny home to your dream destination.

 

Guess what….time to do more research…

 

 

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Even in the frozen North, a yurt’s so good

John Enger · · Dec 29, 2014

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Grace Brogan and John Kamman live in a yurt.

It’s a squat round structure with lattice walls, a dome skylight and a few layers of canvas over the whole thing — think of a tent with stiff walls. Tents are great in the summer, but this is winter. In northern Minnesota.

Why would two employed people with three master’s degrees between them choose to live with only a quarter-inch of material between themselves and the elements? And how do they stay warm?

To find out, I drove a dozen miles north of Bemidji on a recent morning and hiked a quarter-mile across a snowy field. It was not yet dawn, and from the outside, the yurt’s vinyl windows glowed with firelight.

Inside, a small home’s worth of furnishings lined the circular wall. A calm mutt named Mabel loitered near the crackling wood stove. The yurt was actually a really nice place to be.

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The explosion on interest in the concept of “tiny living” is still reverberating as we head into 2015. Though the concept has been around for centuries, the modern version on this lifestyle has changed drastically. Mini-mobile unit, tiny cabins, micro-hotels and DIY escape modules are providing a way to live sustainably and without Mr. Bank’s mortgage payments. This lifestyle sounds like the ultimate answer to our financial stability…and it can be if you are prepared.

 
I have been living “tiny” and “simply” for years and “Yes, it was a major change.” When one leaves a 1500 square foot (+) dwelling where one had a large bathroom, multiple rooms for different activities, a large kitchen with full size appliances, and moves into a 300 square foot (+/-) home, like takes on a different meaning. There are certain mandatory prerequisites you will follow if you choose to make this lifestyle change.
The first thing you will do is reduce. Yes…reduce everything. This means clothing, footwear, books, furniture, kitchen utensils and appliances, home accessories, tools…everything. When I first moved into my “tiny house”, I reduced approximately 80% of my materialistic property. And I continue to reduce, either by donating those items I have inadvertently collected or more importantly, learning to shop properly. I ask myself…”Do I want it or do I need it?” If it is a want, then it usually remains on the store shelf.

 
Another reality is if you want a mobile “tiny house” or a permanent “tiny house”. This is a matter of personal taste. Be advised that many municipalities have building codes that limit the size of your new home, whereas, a “tiny house on wheels” will have no such restrictions. The positive here is that due to the increasing popularity of “tiny homes”, municipalities are beginning to rethink their positions. Finding insurance can be another problem as very few insurance companies have the mental capacity to “think outside the box.” Insuring as personal property is one possibility.
There are numerous issues to think about when unplugging from the grid is something you are considering. As I will continue with this topic, expect a complete overview of “living simple in a tiny home” to follow. You can check out my website for more ideas…  Micro-Living

 

 

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My future tiny home

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