Wow, now that’s a mouthful for a title.
Homesteading has been a dream of mine for years, 23 years to be exact (I have the mins and seconds too :). In the past two years it is becoming more and more real. I’ve found the area I want to live that meets the criteria – water, weather, access and restrictions on builds. Top priority to me in determining the location was the type of housing I wanted. At first I wanted to build a tiny home out of wood etc. While I want to build something similar, I am looking more into rammed earth homes and different material ideas for a tiny home. Second on my list was living off grid. Having plenty of natural resources to accomplish that is important – Water access (well, rain catchment), Solar panels (Sun), Wind turbine, Waste disposal (sewage – septic field), Property drainage and Access (roads) and of course limitations put on by the local Government.
First lets explore housing. So many options to look into. Do we want to build a home like I originally wanted, an Earth-Ship style home or do we want a pre-made type of home like a shipping container or yurt. We have looked into different ideas with shipping container homes and my husband is leaning toward that idea because less work to start off with. Immediate cover from the elements with a little work – cutting doors and ventilation. I am still loving a home built out of natural products – straw bale home, rammed earth or some variation of an earth-ship home.
A deciding factor on the type of home you want will be any limitations on building structures in the area your looking to start your homestead. Location will be right up there with your choice of home style.
Second is determining the location we want to live. Living off the grid or even living with access to electricity, water and sewage are factors we thought of when deciding on areas to look at. Not everyone in the family is keen to an out house or not having internet access ;). I knew I wanted to have solar panels and wind turbine. But there are a lot more options to produce the power your home will need. I wanted a place with a lot of sun. It also had to have water for our home, garden and livestock. Earth-ships are an all containment home. You collect your water, filter it and use it for potable water, irrigation of your plants and flush your toilets. Some states have rules on building structure requirements and some states have left it up to the counties to make those regulations. You’ll want to check with your state and then your county to find out the requirements. Rammed earth structures are pretty well known. There is great advice on Earthship.com about this process.
As I explore more information and finalize these two phases in our homesteading journey, subscribe to our newsletter for updates to this post or check back regularly. We’ll go into more detail on the housing structure we chose and why, where we are looking for property to purchase and the factors that led us to buy in that area.