Are you a procrastinator like me?
Come on guys. Be honest. Email me back your best procrastination stories. (And email it today… don’t wait until next week… 😉
My most recent case of Procrastination was our Home Birth with our Baby Girl.
K put together a Binder for me to read to prepare myself for the home birth experience.
I decided to sit down and read it a cold afternoon in December. Our Daughter was born about 8 hours later.
Nice Aust. Nice.
(BTW… If you never heard our Home birth Story… WATCH THIS VIDEO. )
This is Why I NEED DEADLINES.
I NEED A DAY ON A CALENDAR WITH A BIG RED CIRCLE AROUND IT.
Our Off Grid Homestead From Scratch officially has one of those…
348 Days from today will be November 15, 2023. That is our deadline.
Why? A few reasons… which we talk about in a recent video.
Basically we can’t straddle the fence for too long at 2 different places,
and we want to beat NEXT year’s winter so we don’t worry about freezing waterlines and pipes at our new place.
WHY SPECIFICALLY NOVEMBER 15th? Well, it’s kinda a special day and you can watch the video to learn why!
Can we do it? Can we build an entire homestead from zero in one calendar year?
I THINK so but to be honest, I don’t know for sure.
There is SOO much to do to first.
The biggest project of all is of course building a home for our family.
That is the part of the project getting the bulk of my attention at the moment.
Our goal is to build a cost effective, energy efficient, small but mighty home.
We started doing research into how to best build a low cost, efficient, and well designed space for our family.
This search has lead us down quite a rabbit hole of HOME ALTERNATIVES…
We covered 7 of the BEST HOUSING ALTERNATIVES in a recent podcast episode.
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We are a big family, so our home can’t be TOO tiny…
but usually smaller homes are more affordable to both build and maintain.
SO the thing were trying to figure out is what is the smallest home we can live in without going too tiny…
We visited a tiny cabin builder to get a better idea how our big family would fit into a tiny home.
I think You will be surprised to learn which size footprint we felt we could actually squeeze into (with the right floor plan)…
Having visited houses, studied floor plans, and talked for hours,
I am currently working on a plan for a home that is about 1000 SF, but has a half loft.
I think that strikes a good balance of Smaller home (for such a big family) but not TOO small that we outgrow it.
Our Homestead will of course need more than jus a HOME for us.
We plan on bringing most of the animals we have now with us to Sunny Mountain.
This means in addition to building a home we need to build all our infrastructure!
The BIGGEST item on that animal infrastructure list is FENCING.
No sense in bringing all our cows, goats, pigs, sheep, and chickens over to the new place, only to loose em on the Mountain.
Recently we got a fencing expert over to the farm to talk fencing, check out the tips he shared with us.
Now we know EVERYTHING we need to build, we need to figure out where it all goes!
I did an awesome interview with Logan from HEIRLOOM BUILDERS that we will release next week,
all about how to choose the perfect location for your Home that will help you save on energy costs and save money on construction expenses!
Here is a sneak peak of that episode…
(Homesteady Pioneers, you actually already have access to that episode, CLICK HERE to watch it!)
SO, choose a home location, build a house for us, build a solar energy system, a septic system, a rainwater catchment system, shelters for animals, fence them in, establish water systems for livestock, grow pastures, plant trees, finish a driveway, AND cut split and stack some firewood so we have heat for the home, just in time for next winter.
Sounds like a great list for a procrastinator like me.
Well, I better head out, got lots to do.
Just gonna watch one more funny youtube video (your welcome for the link), and then I’m out… I swear.