In this video, we meet Jeff, Rose, and their 5 girls who are living completely off grid on a 40-acre piece of land in Northern British Columbia, Canada. They built their own off-grid house for less than ,000 with cedar posts sunk into the ground like a pole barn, log rafters, plywood, foam insulation, and a living roof. The house was so affordable to build because they didn’t have to excavate or pour a concrete foundation, dig a well, or install a septic system.
They have 2 solar power systems to power everything they need. The first solar system is just one solar panel that generates 12-Volt power for their lights, cell phones, and music player. The larger system is a 2.5 Kilowatt solar power system installed on their shop roof with a lithium ion battery bank that powers their full-sized fridge, a chest freezer, washing machine, as well as a mixer, blender and a toaster. They have a backup generator but they only have to use it for about 40 hours per year during prolonged cloudy or snowy periods.
All of the water the family uses is rainwater collected from their shop roof and stored in a tank under the shop floor to keep it cool. They carry buckets of water into the house for cooking, dishes and showers. To produce clean drinking water, they filter their rainwater in a passive water filter called a Burkey (check them out here: http://www.berkeyfilters.com).
The grey water from their kitchen sink and shower drains into a shallow grey water field in the backyard.
They have 2 composting bucket toilets and they sprinkle sawdust into the buckets after each use to absorb moisture and prevent smells.
For heat, they cut their own firewood for their Blaze King catalytic wood stove, and for their antique cookstove in the kitchen that they use for cooking and baking.
Jeff and Rose homeschool their 5 girls for a few hours each day and also ensure that their kids are learning diverse life skills like growing their own food, caring for horses, raising bees, and more.
We’re very impressed with the clever solutions this family has come up with to make off-grid living seem so easy.
If you want to learn more about this inspiring family and follow their journey, check out their Gridlessness project — they have a blog and a YouTube channel.
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All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
THE MOST PERFECT TINY HOUSE ON WHEELS CHALET SHACK FOR YOUR FAMILY
28′ Chalet Shack Tiny Home On Wheels
From Mini Mansion Tiny Home Builders LLC is this charming tiny home, perfect for a family!
Named the Chalet Shack, the home has three bedrooms. There’s a bedroom on the home’s main floor, plus a king-sized loft and a twin loft upstairs, both with carpeting. There’s also a pull out sofa in the home’s living room for extra sleeping space for guests.
The Chalet Shack’s kitchen comes equipped with a fridge, two-burner cooktop, a full sized sink, a microwave, and butcherblock countertops. Inside the bathroom is a regular flush toilet, a shower, sink, and a vanity.
The house is built onto a double axel trailers and weighs about 11,600 lbs. It measures 28′ x 8′ and has an interior size total of 352 sq ft. This exact model pictured here has been sold, but you can custom order another and takes about 8 to 10 weeks to finish. The home is sold out of Saint Peters, MO, and shipping is available for an additional fee!
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When designer Monica Potvin and her husband Markel Otaola bought a small apartment in Barcelona, they had no plans of having children so they knocked down walls to create an open studio space with plenty of light.
Instead of creating a separate bathroom, laundry room and kitchen, they built a cube in the center of their home to house all of the “useful stuff”. It houses all the apartment’s plumbing, as well as his and hers closets and plenty of storage space. It also serves as a divider between the open kitchen/living area and the couple’s bedroom.
When they designed it, it was the couple’s ideal apartment: light, airy and open. Then Monica got pregnant and they became three, in a one-room studio. Monica admits that sharing a bedroom with a toddler hasn’t always been ideal (Gaël is now three), but she also recognizes that the big open floorplan was an ideal setup for raising a young child.
Monica’s design-build firm: http://www.fabrique.es/
Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/tiny-home-cube-bathroom-kitchen-closet-for-family-3/
Three years ago, the Jordan family left their 2,500-square-foot, 4-bedroom home to move into a 1-bedroom 320-square-foot prefab. They also left behind a mortgage, the four jobs they’d taken on between the 2 of them to pay it, and a lot of stress. They now have more time to focus on their family home business and on spending time with their teenage son.
When we first talked to the Jordans nearly two years ago (and dubbed their home the “Shotgun Shack redux” which promptly went viral), their son Max was living in a small loft with ceilings too low for standing. He loved his clubhouse, but Debra vowed to remodel it as soon as she had some extra money.
Thanks to a brother-in-law builder who was determined to salvage and reuse as much building materials as possible (he’d spent time doing Katrina Relief work and was impacted by the building material waste he witnessed), Debra only had to save 0 to turn Max’s crawl space into a real bedroom.
They literally raising the roof with an old-fashioned barn raising, getting help from their now 14-year-old son and her sister and brother-in-law.
More info on original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/shotgun-shack-family-remodels-tiny-home-for-700-diy-style/
Debra’s blog: http://www.320squarefoothome.com/
Their shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MinkyBabyGifts
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