Asked on May 10, 2017
Building an off grid cabin: What would you scrimp and splurge on?
I'm looking to build a 20x40-60ft max off-grid cabin to live in. I have the land, which edges a riverbank with fishing/mooring rights. So an underground root cellar isn't easy/affordable, although I would love large food storage facilities. So I could grow and store as much food as possible.
I have a limited budget but plan to keep on improving once it's livable. I'd love a log cabin, but that's way out of my skill level/affordability. So, for the basic build, a twin unit mobile home seems the best option for a watertight building. I could use the empty space underneath, for water storage, get a wood stove, and extra insulation, then solar panels, wind turbine etc later.
I want old school heat and cooking options, like a wood stove, if the SHTF, as well as modern options to make life comfortable.
So, What would you do in my situation? what would you save and splurge on?