DH and I are finally taking the plunge!! It's something we've been daydreaming about for years, but when I got preggo with DS it seemed like we had to wait. He's 3 now, and we're expecting #2 in September... but we're in a position now where it would be really convenient for us to do this so... we're jumping in! We've decided having young children shouldn't stop us. It really should encourage us!! I think this will be awesome for them, and for us as a family.
We have an acre of land that my MIL bestowed upon us earlier this year, so we're going to put it to use. We'll be basically tent-living for a bit while we get a nice area cleared to build a structure of sorts. We're not 100% decided yet on what we are going to build, but it's going to be simple and functional. We will not have electricity or plumbing. We'll be building a composting toilet and creating some sort of water collection system for dishes, etc. For drinking water, we will have to bring it in from elsewhere until we figure out a well or something (anyone know anything about digging wells? lol).
Basically I'm just wondering if anyone else out there has done anything like this with children? With newborns? Cloth diapers? Digging wells? :P
Washing minor amounts of laundry doesn't concern me - we will use a wash board and line dry. But diapers.... I've handwashed cloth diapers out of necessity with DS and I really dislike it!!! So we'll likely hit up the laundry mat (or, more likely, my in-laws in town) to wash those.
Just looking for any advice on how to make this an easy transition, things to definitely consider when you have kids in the mix, and if anyone has any preference on building cheap, sustainable, functional, etc. The canvas tents are nice but we obviously want something more permanent (and those are pricey!). I've looked at the Yurts and they're also pretty cool, but seems like it would take some expertise to build. There are a TON of trees on our land, so we have our pick of wood to cut/use. So basically we're looking at building more of a cabin type structure. And we live in Florida.... so we need to devise a plan to stay cool during the summer with no A/C!!! eek!
I'm open to any and all suggestions! :)
Also, we're planning a homebirth and.... well now we won't exactly be in a conventional home anymore :P Any tips on that???? I'm thinking the MW may be in shock if she shows up and finds us in a tent ahahah!!
ETA: we will also get slowly but surely started growing produce and also get some animals. Chickens to start since they're already familiar to us :) But I'd also like a goat for milk.