From political uncertainty to the ever-pressing issue of COVID-19, the world has become a scary place. For many, that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. If you’re tired of raising your fists angrily to the sky, consider the benefits of building a cabin off the grid.
Building an isolated cabin is a great way to give yourself a break from humanity. Whether that break is for a couple of months or a couple of years is up to you. Regardless, there are some things you should decide upon before you start building.
Keep reading to learn about the five steps it takes to build an off grid cabin.
1. Acquire Property
When looking for different pieces of property to buy, try to choose one that provides you with water, timber, and rock. With these materials, you’ll have what you need to survive without outside assistance.
Water lets you drink, cook, and stay clean. Rock and timber allow you to build your cabin, thereby providing you with shelter.
2. Choose a Location and a Layout
Once you have your piece of property, you’ll have to choose a specific location. Try to build close enough to water where it’s convenient, but far enough away that you’ll be protected if the water rises.
You’ll also have to consider a house layout. Square and rectangular cabins are going to be much easier to construct than irregular shapes with steep roofs.
3. Bring the Right Tools
If buying and lugging around lumber doesn’t sound fun, consider getting a portable sawmill. This will reduce the cost and time that you spend otherwise spend dealing with lumber.
A vehicle like a tractor or a backhoe can be a good idea, as are all of the regular tools, such as hammers, screwdrivers, tape measures, and pliers.
4. Decide on a Power Source
Unless you plan on going total pioneer, you’ll need a power source for refrigeration and lights. Solar and wind are two eco-friendly options that also allow you to be energy independent.
You can also look into using LT series batteries and others to power different objects.
5. Don’t Ignore the Basics
Most cabins don’t have plumbing, which means you’ll need to find the perfect spot for your outhouse. Make sure it’s practical, as you don’t want to struggle to find it in the dark.
The final stages are also when you can consider things like conservation. You used lumber to build your cabin, why not give back to the Earth by planting some new trees?
Escape From the World in Your off Grid Cabin
As the world becomes more complex and chaotic, many people are looking for solitude. If you need an escape from the madness of modern society, building an off grid cabin by following the tips laid out in this guide should give you the respite you crave.
Do you have a better idea of how to build an off grid homestead? If you do, take a moment to check out some of our other blog posts for more guides and tips.