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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Mat & Danielle
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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Laura and Matt built their tiny home on a mountain property in North Carolina. They used Tumbleweed tiny house plans but modified the design to fit on a foundation. Lugging their tools and materials up the hill, the construction of their tiny dream cabin was a tiring process. This tiny home was most definitely built with love!
Laura and Matt’s tiny home is completely off-grid. They draw power from their solar system and bring drinking water in by hand. The home is heated with a propane heater in the winter. Laura and Matt share the space with their cat, Piglet, and enjoy the solitude of their mountain surroundings.
Laura has written a book on tiny living and maintains an informational blog on the subject. She also speaks about her experience at events, such as the Tiny House Conference.
To learn more about her lifestyle, check out Laura’s website: http://www.120squarefeet.com
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The Jerry Grey Tiny House in Nashville, Tennessee was built with efficiency and self-sufficiency in mind. It’s super-efficient and off-grid ready. This tiny house is for sale over at tinyhouselistings.com (see link below).
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A lot of people ask us about where to park a tiny house. In this video we tour the amazing property where Brett has placed his off-the-grid Tiny House and find out how he came to park it here.
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Last week Brett Sutherland’s Tiny House made the journey from Hamilton to it’s new home at Bethells Beach on the west coast of Auckland.
We caught up with Brett to see how he was settling in to his new Tiny House, find out more about the land he is now living on and to celebrate the completion of the house with his friends and family.
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