- Self Sufficiency

Building a Self Sustaining Home

Building a self sustaining home could be challenging, starting from the money that is needed to the location to build it. Luckily, these steps don’t have to be difficult as long as you are prepared to put in some work, knowing exactly what you are getting into.

Building a Self Sustaining Home: Finding the Perfect Location

Finding the perfect location can be different for everyone who goes into this process. Some people will just find a piece of land that is relatively cheap in their area. Others become more self-sufficient, looking around for a piece of land that could be big enough to create a sustainable backyard to cultivate vegetables and to maintain some livestock for daily food requirements. The location is often just up to your personal needs.

When considering the location, it is important to have in mind the proximity to surface water bodies such as lakes and rivers. Even though, some plants and animals can tolerate harsh environments (from very low to very high temperatures), water is vital for your vegetables and most importantly, for your livestock. Before taking the final decision, consider how to provide this vital source of life.

 To save even more money on your land prices, consider going in on one plot with another person. You might know someone who is also considering going into the tiny home movement, you can both find a larger plat and split the cost.

Building Your Self Sustaining Home

Building a self sustaining home can be a great experience. You can get your hands dirty and build a house that is your very own. Below, there are some facts that need to be considered when building a self sustaining home:

  • Handy at building things can save you a lot of money. You still need to keep up with all the building codes, following the local regulation of the town that you have chosen.
  • Speak with a builder, possibly to seek some advice or to work along. It is important to save much money as possible but bringing in a professional will not a bad idea to make your house safe.
  • Come up with a floor plan. If you have the knowledge and skills, you can design your own. Having the skills and knowledge doesn’t mean that you are good to go; you still need to bring an authorized contractor to approved and signed off the floor plans and therefore to obtain the permits for building.
  • Consider what you really want and be realistic. Is a fancy kitchen really important or are you more concerned with finding somewhere to just sit back and relax?
  • Pick out high quality materials. While keeping costs low can be a top priority, you also need to remember that you plan to live in this house and the type of materials are crucial for your comfort. Go with the quality that best suit your needs without sacrificing your budget.
  • Bring in one or two other people to help you out. Even when building a self sustaining home, it can be a lot of work and time consuming. Having help can make things so much easier

 Whether you are planning on building a self sustaining home on your own or you would like to hire someone else to help you out, at the end it can be a great experience that you are going to love!




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