I have been asked several times what part is the most difficult about going off grid. For me it is time. The shifting from a life of jobs, debt and schedules to an off grid lifestyle is not a matter of just stepping from one place to anther. It is a process. I still have to go to work, and pay my bills, and watch a clock.
Summer for me is the busy time of year. Being the Grounds Keeper for the town, and running the Community Garden takes up a great deal of the day and leave very little left over for work on the cabin or the yard around it.
Having built more than one homestead I have learned to be kind to myself. That is my number one advise to those new to the building and living an off grid life. Be patient. Do not try to rush to get tasks done in order to prove to others that you know what your doing and have made a good choice. The second advise it to be aware of the area your in. Watch the sun and sky, feel where the wind is coming from and do not forget to invest attention to all the seasons.
That said, work on the cabin has been happening but perhaps, not at as fast a pace as I’d like, but at about the speed I expected. Last I posted the cabin was in place, since then the windows have gone in.
Purchased at a recycle-and-reuse store I got a set of three. They had been cut out removing the outside flare used to screw them in place. It made installation a little more difficult but nothing that was not easily adjusted for. Two of them were 3’x3′ while the third was 5’x4′. Great deal and now the challenge is to try and match them the rest of the way around the house. That may or maynot happen.
The big one went into the east wall.
The two small ones went in on the south over what will be the main kitchen counter, stove and sink. Main windows in the next step is t get the basic inside lay out and begin to insulate. Many o of the walls will be slipstraw and cob, I am just waiting for the red clay. A neighbour has both the tractor to load and the clay, I just need to line up a truck for a day she can load for me.
The wall between the kitchen and the bathroom will be bottle bricks and cob. I am just waiting for my friends to drink to enough wine to save me the bottles.
The counter tops are already purchased and waiting for installation. That will be the next project. Each step brings it one step closer to being the home my son and I dream of. While I could go and work on the cabin right now I must remind myself too be kind and patient. Wait until the temps drop and the tasks become enjoyable. That is after all, the point.