After years of talking about it we are finally ready to 'do it'. It's taken us a long time to figure out where
we want to move to. But we've finally decided where the right place is.
We are currently on 5 acres 15 minutes outside a city of 35,000 people.
Our plan is to sell our home & buy bare land 7 hours from here.
We hope to buy the land in the next 2-3 months.
We are looking into purchasing a kit from a log building company...because with 5 kids underfoot I'm just not sure if we could fell, strip, season, cut the logs & then build a home big enough for us.
We'll probably put up secondary buildings that way once we're up there. (Like guest cabins & such)
The home will need to be between 1000-1500 sq ft. We lived in a home until we were expecting #4 that was just under 1000 sq ft. (We are currently in one that is 4000 sq ft & I hate it! It's way too big. And let me tell ya cleaning 4 bathrooms in a PITA!
We are planning for it to have:
one indoor bathroom with a composting toilet or to be on a septic system like we are on now;
a great room (kitchen/family room) with a woodstove for heating & a woodburning amish-style cookstove/oven;
laundry room with old-fashioned hand crank clothes washer & wall-to-wall clothes lines (it rains too much to only have outdoor clotheslines);
a large bedroom for the girls, a smaller bedroom (like 8x8') for our son & a bedroom for us.
We are planning to be on well water, (hopefully a septic system), be wired (minimally) for electricity to be run by a generator, and are looking into solar power, hydro-electric power, wind power.
We want to be totally off the grid...not connected to a city anything
I would love to have a compact, energy efficient washing machine that we could use say once a week...I don't really want
to wash cloth diapers by hand
We are reading books on 'homesteading' and have been trying to slowly work toward learning how to live simply in the bush without most of the modern convieniences.
We do not watch (or have hooked up to a service) TV...if we turn it on we don't even get 'snow'. We do buy PVd DVDs & watch movies once in a while. We don't read the newspapers.
We do have internet (I really don't know how I'm going to live without it...we'll probably keep our laptop which has a wireless connection & drive to where we'll get service).
We do cloth diapering, hang laundry to dry whenever possible, have grown our own produce in raised beds & in a greenhouse that we built ourselves, have grown our own fruit trees (although 3 got destroyed this summer by bears
), have cut down trees & used them for firewood (use a woodstove for heating) & frequently throughout the winter we get blackouts (usually from a snow-laden tree branch falling on power lines) and have to live without electricity for 1-2 days...we have cooked on our woodstove during those times.
We also home-schooled for 3 years (although we put them back into public school last March...I needed a break...the school our girls are at is a rural school w/about 100 students, there are only 7 children in my 5yo's K class...very different from most public schools
) We would return to home-schooling again once we would move.
So over the next few months we are going to continue reading & learning about 'homesteading'. We are going to declutter & streamline our 'material possessions'. We are going to collect the things we will need after we move.
We are going to find, purchase & begin clearing/building on the land.
And hopefully by fall (at the earliest) or next spring (at the latest) we will be off-the-grid!