Off-Grid Electricity: the Long Road to Self-Sufficiency

Admittedly, this post is long overdue. We've had to put off writing about our electrical system because the journey has been long and slow, and we wanted to complete it before writing about it. Now, the good news: as of a few weeks ago, we are functioning on 100% solar power. No small feat! But … Continue reading Off-Grid Electricity: the Long Road to Self-Sufficiency

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Off-grid Dry Cabin Bathroom

Yes, we have a bathroom. No, it's not an outhouse. And yes, it has a toilet AND a shower. These are questions that we get asked all the time, so in an effort to quell some of the rampant curiosity, I decided to write a blog post about it. Our house, like so many others … Continue reading Off-grid Dry Cabin Bathroom

One Step at a Time

After spending the past six months building our house and homestead, the one word of advice that I would give to others doing the same thing is patience. Patience with the weather, patience with the task at hand, and patience with yourself. It's far too easy to get wrapped up in high expectations and lofty … Continue reading One Step at a Time

Our Forest Indoors and Out

From the beginning of our build, Sarah and I have wanted to use the amazing and abundant wood resource on our land to meld our little cabin home into the forest around us. What better way to resurrect those 14 trees we had to clear for our cabin site than to use them to enliven … Continue reading Our Forest Indoors and Out

Let there be heat!

We are beyond excited to say that we now have heat in the tiny cabin! As of last week, the wood stove and chimney were successfully installed, allowing us to heat up and dry out both the cabin and ourselves. We were fortunate to find our wood burning stove on Craigslist for a great price … Continue reading Let there be heat!

Flooring, fiberglass, and frugality

It's no secret that Mark and I are extremely frugal, a trait that has allowed us to grow our savings enough to take time off from working to build our home. So now that it's time to start working on the interior, we are trying to strike a balance between making things look nice, yet … Continue reading Flooring, fiberglass, and frugality

Homeowners

SO much has happened since our last blog post nearly three weeks ago. We were fortunate to host Mark's parents for the past two weeks, and they were kind enough to spend most of their trip helping out with the house. Due to all of our combined efforts, we were able to complete the framing, … Continue reading Homeowners

Decked Out

The week started off on a high note, as we had our wonderful friends Rhett and Whitney visiting from out of town. Mark and I took a few days off from building to do a little hiking and a lot of catching up with them, and in the process realized that these were the first … Continue reading Decked Out