Andrew and I are so thankful for the single-wide trailer that came with our 12 acres. But we don't plan on staying here forever!
It has been WONDERFUL to have a safe roof over our head while we figure out how to wrestle this land into productivity, healthiness, and sustainability. I've seen other tough homesteaders go onto raw land, live out of a tent, yurt, or camper, and use that as home base until their house is built...but I have to say, as parents of a small kid, it has been really nice having a place with doors, a kitchen, and a room for the Boy!
All the same, we are keenly aware that this Plastic Palace (as we affectionately call it) is 100% grid-tied, and not very economical with our resources. If a power outage were to happen, or if the crazy flooding of last spring hits again, we would be directly affected. Also, even though this crazy thing has stood for a few decades, anyone who has done work on a trailer knows that they are not the most...ahem...robust of structures. There have been several points where either of us have accidentally pulled off pieces of it with our bare hands, given a sudden, bashful glance up, and then delicately attempted to re-attach whatever it was.
Our end goal is to build our own, sustainably-built, non-plastic, off-grid house. We've got the site picked out, we're amassing the resources, and we are learning as much as we can in the meantime to make that so long hoped-for transition!
So even though we are yet residents of our Plastic Palace for probably another year, we're doing what we can to fix it up, give thanks for its existence, and get it a little more sustainable/sturdy. Two of those steps are to tear out the super-fake "Fireplace" that was in the corner (complete with foam "wood," an electric heater, and AWESOME RIPPLY FLAME EFFECTS) and try our first attempt at a composting, water-free toilet (while fixing the floor...which was anything but level. I called it the Ocean Floor).
We're also collecting acorns and trying to fix up our poor goats. Lots of updates all around! Click HERE for the video on YouTube!
So, have any of you lived in a temporary place while figuring out your final home on your land? What were some of the first steps you took to get off-grid, if you are on that journey? We'd love to hear below!
We are a husband and wife who are trying to live simply. We are learning much as we transition from life in the city to life in the country. Come along with us, and maybe you can also learn a thing or two as well.
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