So my husband is in the military and is set to deploy very soon. We had a really rough year financially and I really want to surprise him when he gets home from this deployment by being debt free. If I can do this, then he wont have to re-enlist and we can move on to the next chapter of our lives. With that said, I've come up with a semi-crazy idea and I need help since I am new to this whole off the grid/country living way of life (the husband is not however lol!)
Here is the plan:
My husband's brother lives on 30 acres. He has chickens, Guineas or something like that? Lol, horses, a cow, and goats. They grow a huge organic garden every year, and they are over all crunchy. Well, they keep offering us to move in with them, and I am just not comfortable sharing space like that with people I don't know too well (We have always lived far away from family so I don't know how well that would work out long term) So here is the idea we came up with.
We are going to buy a "lofted cabin" which gives us about 580 sq feet of space. It's a cute little thing. The problem? No electric, insulation, plumbing, etc. There are two lofts so great sleeping space for me and the kids. 2 older on one side (they are 4 and 2) and me and the baby on the other side (bay is 7 months) I was also thinking of maybe putting us all on one side and making the other side a toy/play area, but not sure.
My biggest concerns is that since I know NOTHING about living like this and only my husband does, that I wont be able to succeed doing this without him. I would have to find a way to get some electric (for now I'm sure we can use extension cords right?) and I know insulation should be one of the first things to do. I could get a composting toilet, but those are close to $2,000.00 so I wouldn't be able to get that for about 2-3 months from when we plan to move (We plan to do this Aug 1)
Does anyone have any advice about this? I also have no kitchen appliances for this place or any idea what to do in regards for that.
If any of you have any advice or ideas please hit me with them :) I am super stoked and truly feel like I can do this.... just need some guidance in the right direction ;)