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I live in Seattle, Washington, USA and like being outdoors and away from the city as much as possible. My friends and I share this attitude and a few years ago we bought some property in Washington State to get away from it all. The property is a few miles up a half way up a small mountain, far away from power lines and water service, somewhat remote just like we always wanted.
We built our small cabin in 2010 to replace our yurt that collapsed under the snow of a “30 year storm” in 2008. The cabin is a 10 year project that I suspect may never be done, but that’s half the fun. I didn’t know anything about building when we started and have been learning as I go with some help from friends, books and especially the internet. Still lots to learn but it’s great to be able to call my mistakes “rustic” :).
If you can’t build something with a chainsaw… Is it worth building?
We use rain water collected for washing water, solar panels provide the small amount of power we need for our weekend cabin. Currently we have 150 watts of solar power and a 550 gallon tank high on the hill to provide plenty water pressure washing hands and dishes.
Off Grid Cabin Stats:
- Size: 200 sf plus loft
- Wood stove for heating
- Covered Porch
- Solar power: 2 x 75 watt panels = 150 watts
- Batteries: 2-4 Deep Cycle
- 550 gallon rain tank 200′ above cabin for non potable uses
- Shed for storage
- Composting Toilet in cedar outhouse
- Land: 5 acres
Some future plans include a
covered porch, wood-fired sauna in the woods, outdoor shower either solar or wood heated, a tree house for guests, and a camping spot to pitch a tent above the cabin on the hill.
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