Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Saturday, December 31, 2011


30 degrees - 9:55 am - calm with scattered clouds...

When you come up the main driveway and pull into our private driveway the first thing you see is a small home dwarfed by a spectacular view (which you can see on most days).  With the 4,364-foot tall mountain in the background and the 60 to 120 foot tall trees all around, it really throws the size ratio of things off. 

Even those who are amazingly accurate at judging size and distance get thrown off.  It is hard to believe that the small home, which is sitting in a three-acre clearing, is actually almost a 2,600 sqft home.

Standing inside our home, with 11’ ceilings and 8’ doorways, it still throws your perspective of things off… until you stand next to something, and realize just how big or small it really is.

you don't realize how big these windows really are until
Tony, who is 6' tall, stands next to them

The thrown off size ratio up here on the mountain has just been another learning curve for us (when I say us, I mean mostly me).  Instead of grabbing the stepladder to use inside the house, go for the big ladder.  Instead of grabbing just any ladder to use outside, go for the tallest ladder.  You can’t just climb up onto the roof, you need to put on the safety harness and tie off first, and then you can climb on up the roof, which is 36’ off the ground.

At the end of the day, it is just one of the many learning curves we have had to endure building off-grid in the mountains.

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