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.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weeknights And Weekends...

8:57 pm - 32 degrees - 6+ inches of new snow and still snowing...
Now that winter has descended upon us and the days are short, the work on the house has slowed down to the few hours of daylight on the weekends. 
When we bought our property in late 2005, we had grand expectations.  I had it in my head that things would happen by a certain time.  They didn’t.  Since then, we have had to alter our expectations a bit.  That doesn’t mean we are settling, it just means we have to wait a little bit longer for our dreams to come true.
We are not rich, we do not have boatloads of cash, and we are not able to buy everything brand new.  We are an average single income family.  My husband works while I stay home with our two young children.  All of the work put into clearing the build site and building our home, is being done on weeknights and weekends.  The majority of the funding for this crazy project is coming out of our pockets a little at a time.  Since we are doing everything ourselves and out of pocket, progress on the house is slow and seems to come in spurts. 
We have learned a lot along the way with a lot of shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’s.  As you can see by the pictures from our first two years on the project (we are now on year seven), we sometimes do things a little backwards.  Although our home is not finished yet, we are still having fun and enjoying this phase of our off-grid adventure, even though we do hit the occasional speed bump.  {click on the photos for larger viewing}

1 comment:

  1. I admire you for all the effort and patience you put into of your home. I know it’s not easy to put up your dream house. But I’m sure that in the end, it will all be worth it. Just keep on having faith in your own abilities to support your family and the construction, and in the builders as well. I hope that the bad weather hasn’t affected the construction too badly; I hope the progress will be faster again once winter has passed. I wish you and your family all the best!



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