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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Working On A Dream…

39 degrees - 10:20 am - bright blue sky, sun is shining, scattered clouds...

Living in the mountains off-grid, we have come to the conclusion that you have to love the movie ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ and the television series ‘Little House on the Prairie’.  Basically you have to be hard working, creative, ingenious, able to visualize the end product, and most importantly a dreamer.

Since the start of this project we have had to change course a few times, alter our expectations, and deal with disappointment when we have let our hopes get a little too high… but, we are still working on our dream.

Instead of our dream home being completed in the 12-16 month time frame that we were originally thinking, we have now broken it down into phases. 
Phase 1 – complete the house 
Phase 2 – complete the garage, with great room above and enclosed breezeway
Phase 3 – complete the shop
One nice thing that has come out of this project taking so long… it give us a little more time to dream and tweak the house a little here and there to make it a bit more unique, and something that we will be happy to live in for a very long time to come. 

Here are a few photos that are inspiring some of our dreams…

Front Porch
we love the use of natural elements and they will be both inside and out

Enclosed Breezeway from House to Garage
ours won't have so many windows but it will be suspended in the air

Kitchen Nook
side of the fireplace facing the kitchen - great place to
store cook books - love the wood and stone look

Great Room above the Garage
a much needed extra space so the family can spread out a bit at all the family gatherings

Bunk Room above the Garage
a place for family and friends to sleep when they come and visit

It’s fun to be a dream, especially when the dreams come true!

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