Welcome to Living Off Grid’s “Guide to Off Grid Living”
Guide to Off Grid Living Executive Summary:
United States – Welcome to the Living Off Grid’s free “Guide of Off Grid Living,” which provide links to tutorials, photos and videos on how to move from an on-grid home connected to basic utilities like electric, gas, water and sewer utilities to an off grid household that utilizes solar power, rainwater harvesting, aquaponic gardens, and raising your own backyard livestock including chickens, ducks, rabbits and other livestock as well as planting wildlife food plots to attract deer, elk, turkeys, quail, dove, pheasants and other wild game that can be hunted legally.
Whether your family lives inside the city limits or in a rural area far from the neon lights of a large metropolitan area, the purpose of this “Guide to Off Grid Living” is to educate anyone that wants to learn how to move their family and household into a self-sustainable lifestyle that supports a full-circle of life so that if “Shit Hits the Fan” and/or there is a national emergency and we lose all electrical power – you will be prepared to live without any connections to local city utility services regardless of where you are located.
Our “Guide to Off Grid Living” nearly 100 in-depth chapters that cover everything you need to Google, research, plan, build and manage an off grid property complete with thousands of photos, video tutorials and research articles that you can utilize to educate yourself and begin your own path of personal exploration to see where you would like to begin and what ultimate goals and objectives you will need to establish your own Off Grid Living Home.
Each item listed in the “Table of Contents” below will take you to a repository of information and knowledge that is stored on our Facebook Group, called Off Grid Living: Prepping to Live Off the Grid, which has nearly 20,000 members and is growing fast.
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Step 2 – Click On Any URL Below. Each of the links below will take you to a Facebook Learning Unit, which have either photos or a tutorial video.
Step 3 – All of the information is stored in the photograph descriptions, which means that you’ll need to scroll through ALL of the pictures in order to read all of the related story content. For some reason, Facebook makes it very, very difficult to read with a cell phone. A laptop will give you much better results.
Step 4 – Still have a question? If you are searching for a subject matter that you don’t see listed, just post a question in our FB discussion group and thousands of members will give you honest, well-researched answers to your questions.
Step 5 – Have knowledge you’d like to share? Post it. If you want to add your off grid stories, photos, and videos, feel free to upload them!
UNIT 1 – How to Buy an Off Grid Piece of Property
Here are some great articles to help you discover, evaluate, and purchase raw land that will provide many necessary things such as water, fertile soil, raw building materials as well as avoid restrictions common with property owner associations.
- The Best 5 States to Consider for Off-Grid Living
- Top 10 Prepper Retreat Real Estate Tips You Need-To-Know Before Buying
- 18 Essential Factors to Consider when Choosing a Homestead
- The Most Important Considerations when Looking for Off-Grid Property
- Top 5 Features to Shop for When Buying Off-Grid Properties
- 13 Places in the US Where You Can Find Free Land for Your Homestead
- Cheap Ways to Buy Land for Setting Up an Off-Grid Homestead
UNIT 2 – How to Earn Money from Common Off Grid Operations
Many people move off grid to get away from paying monthly utility bills and live off the land to eliminate grocery bills. The problem is that most remote off grid properties are located far outside the city limit and jobs in small towns are limited. How then — can people who live off the grid earn money they need to survive?
The following articles go through a long list of possible ways for people to make money. For example, a lot of off gridders like to build furniture, cabinets, hutches, beds and other household items out of pallets that other people throw away. Some of those hutches are selling to suburban customers who like the rustic look and feel of pallet wood.
It turns out that a lot percentage of off grid people are highly creative and many of the things they build out of necessity can be sold online for nice profit. And Facebook has evolved to the point that people can sell their goods online via Facebook pages and groups like ours for some serious cash. Read the stories below to learn more.
- 52 Ways to Make Money on a Small Off-Grid Homestead
- 17 Off-Grid Homesteading Skills That Will Earn You Money
- 100+ Ways to Make Money Farming Your Off-Grid Property
UNIT 3 – How to Generate Free Electricity with Solar Panels
The first big expense that most people consider before moving to an off grid living lifestyle is how to generate electricity for their home when it may cost $50,000 to $100,000 to pay the electric company to run poles from the electrical grid to their property’s remote location.
By contrast spending $5,000 to $15,000 on solar panels, solar panel racking system, a combiner box, a trickle charger, a bank of batteries, a power inverter, fuses and a rock solid grounding solution, seems like a pretty good deal. Most households would benefit from the largest system that you can afford, which should cost around $1.50 per watt for everything except batteries. But once its installed you’ll have free electricity for up 25-years.
A good solar power array should start with around 4,000-watts or sixteen 250-watt panels, but many folks can get by with less than 1,000-watts. The information below will tell you how to select the best solar panels, wiring voltage (48, 24 or 12 volts), a power inverters, using AC vs. DC appliances and how many days of electricity usage you to store in your battery banks to account for several days of cloudy or rainy weather.
- 800-Watt Off-Grid Solar Panel Kit – $1,388.00
- 4500-Watt 48-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Cabin Kit – $5,176.46
- Installing Solar Power for an Off-Grid Cabin
- How to Select the Best Solar Panels for an Off-Grid Cabin
- Which is best? Mono-Crystalline vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panels
- Off-Grid Cabin Solar Panel Strings Combiner Box
- The 5 Best Lead Acid Batteries for Solar Power Arrays in 2018
- Solar Inverter + Alternating Current vs Direct Current Explained
- Wiring a Battery Monitor + Shunt for an Off-Grid Solar Power System
- How to Select Between Using a MPPT vs PWM Solar Charge Controller
- How to Wire an Off-Grid Cabin for both AC and DC with Solar Panels
UNIT 4 – How to Install Solar Powered Lighting Systems
UNIT 5 – How to Heat Water with Solar Hot Water Heaters
In addition to producing free electricity, solar is also great for heating water. Cost-effective solutions can range coiling up a black water hose inside a black box with a window so that the sun’s solar UV rays can be absorbed and used to heat hot water and store it in an insulated tank all the way up to very fancy systems that use copper tubing and a host of add-on features that will keep the water from freezing at night when the sun isn’t shining.
In addition to household hot water, solar water heaters can be used to heat stock tanks and ponds, water troughs, greenhouses as well as water used for outdoor bathrooms, hot tubs, showers and radiant floor heating.
Solar stills can run rainwater through an evaporation system that will utilize UV rays to purify water and heat water into steam that will condense back into fresh water that is cleaner than rainwater for drinking, cooking and cleaning.
- Solar Hot Water Heater – How Install an Off-Grid Solar Water Heater
- How to Make a Solar Hot Water Heater for Off-Grid Living
- Off-Grid Solar Collectors Use Copper Tubes Painted Black to Heat Water
- Black Barrel Solar Hot Water Heater for Off-Grid Homes or Cabins
- Simple Coiled Black Hose Off-Grid Water Heater in a Solar Oven Box
- Solar Hot Water Heaters to Provide Floor and Wall Radiant Heating
- Off-Grid Living Still to Purify and Condense into Clean Water
- Portable PVC Hot Water Heaters for Off-Grid Situations
- Tankless Propane Hot Water Heaters for Off-Grid Homes
- Electric Radiant Heating Mats for Under Carpet and Flooring Heating
UNIT 6 – How to Heat Homes with Passive Solar Heaters
Solar can also be used to heat a shed, cabin or home with no electricity by building a passive solar heater, which is very similar to building a solar hot water heater except that you’ll be heating air inside a black box with a window and using aluminum/tin cans, copper tubing, rocks or sheets of tin roofing that are painted black to absorb heat. As hot air rises it will flow from the heated box into a colder structure at the top of the room while sucking in colder air at the bottom of the using a Trombe Wall vacuum air pattern.
- How to Build an Off-Grid Passive Solar Window Heater
- How to Build a Trombe Wall Passive Solar Heater
- Solar Window Box Heater for Heating Up Cabins
UNIT 7 – How to Cook with Solar Powered Ovens
Passive solar heat can even be used to cook your food. It won’t be as fast as other forms of cooking heat, but it can be used to do everything from boil water to cooking just about anything that you can cook in a regular oven – but the sun does need to out and shining at full force.
- Cooking with Solar Ovens Using Only the Free Energy from the Sun
- Video: How to Build Your Own DIY Solar Oven
- Off-Grid Living: Cooking Pork Roast and Apples in a Solar Oven
- How to Build a Solar Oven for an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
UNIT 8 – How to Dehydrate Food/Beef Jerky with a Solar Dehydrator
Solar can be used to dehydrate meat, fruit and vegetable for canning purposes.
UNIT 9 – How to Evaporate Moisture from Septic Tanks with Solar Windows
The main purpose of a septic tank is let moisture escape from human waste, but using leach fields and drip systems can take a long time to work if there are more than a few people living in the home. Installing a glass windows or doors on top of the septic leach tank allows solar rays to steam the water out of the sewage and keep septic tanks from freezing in the winter.
UNIT 10 – How to Select the Best Dog Breeds for Off Grid Homes
UNIT 11 – How to Attract Bats, Birds, Butterflies and Hummingbirds
- How to Build Bird Houses that Attract Hummingbirds
- How to Build an Owl House to Attract Barn and Screech Owls
- How to Build a Bat House to Attract Bats in Order to Control Insects
- How to Build Feeders, Flowers and Houses that Will Attract Butterflies
- How to Install an In-Window Bird Feeder for Living Room Bird Watching
- How to Train Squirrels to Leave Your Bird Feed Alone
UNIT 12 – How to Build a Bee Hive Honey Farm
Many people are afraid of bees, but they are a very good asset to have on your off grid property. They will significantly increase your garden’s, berry bushes’, grain field’s and tree’s fruit/nut production. In addition, honey will never spoil and can keep your family alive and healthy during some very tough situations.
- How to Start a Honey Bee Farm
- How to Capture a Swarm of Bees for an Off Grid Honey Farm
- Everything You Wanted to Know about Raising Bees for Honey
UNIT 13 – How to Build a Duck Hut and Clean Duck Pond
Many people build duck huts and small duck ponds, which are very hard to keep clean, but with the right plumbing and drains dirty duck water can be great for irrigating gardens as well as fertilizing aquaponics gardens.
UNIT 14 – How to Build a Chicken Coop and Safe Chicken Run
Raising chickens for meat and eggs has been an important staple for pioneers for thousands of years. We highly recommend researching and planning ahead before building your first chicken coop and chicken run. Building a predator proof chicken fortress will prevent a lot of worrying and stress about coming home to find all 50 of your chickens with their heads pulled off by a raccoon that was able to grab them through flimsy chicken wire fences.
Automated watering, feeding and egg collection will save you a lot of time and money if you plan ahead. Building chicken coops that are easy to clean, nesting boxes that discourage everything but laying eggs and building feeding systems that reduce feed waste and make it hard for rats, mice and other scavengers from eating your feed will save a lot of money.
- Upgrading Chicken Coops as the Flock Grows
- How to Setup an Automatic Watering System for Chicken Coops
- How to Build Chicken Nesting Boxes So Eggs Roll Out
- How to Build a Chicken/Rabbit Butchering Station
- How to Date Chicken Eggs and Store Them by Date and Type
- How to Setup a Healthy Dust Bath for a Chicken Coop
- Need to Build a Chick Brooder Pin?
- How to Raise Your Own Feed Source for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, & Fish
- How to Build the Perfect Chicken Coop and Protect Against Predators
- How to Build a Rock Solid, Weatherproof Chicken Coop
- Building an Automated Locking Door for Chicken Coops
UNIT 15 – How to Build a Rabbit Hutch and Protected Rabbit Run
Raising rabbits has several benefits. First of all they are cute and cuddly and make great pets. Second, they make very good composters of table scraps and breed, well, like rabbits. Their meat tastes great, but is very lean and great for people on a diet. Productive breeding will also provide a steady food source for BSF to turn into high protein chicken feed.
- How to Build a Rabbit Hutch for Off-Grid Living
- How to Build a Rabbit Hutch for Raising Meat Rabbits
UNIT 16 – How to Build a Chicken/Rabbit Butchering Station
One thing that will be tough on some folks when living off grid is learning to slaughter your own food. Building a butchering station will make it much easier to slaughter and process everything from chickens, ducks, rabbits and larger animals and makes it much easier to clean up and dispose of the waste.
- How to Butcher a Whole Chicken for Meat when Living Off the Grid
- How to Skin a Chicken for Butchering without Plucking Feathers
UNIT 17 – How to Build a Rainwater Collection System – Part 1
If harvesting rainwater is legal in the state where you live, then you should definitely give it a try before you actually need water. Even people that live in suburban areas should give a try to water lawns, flowerbeds and gardens. It’s always nice to know that should your city water become tainted like Flint, Michigan, or, should a nearby oil & gas hydraulic fracking operation cause a natural disaster to destroy your water table and well water, you have a backup plan already in place.
- Installing Rain Gutters for Off-Grid Cabins with Lots of Snow
- How to Build an Underground Cistern for Storing Fresh Rainwater
- Collapsible Bladder Water Storage Tanks
- How to Make an Activated Charcoal Rainwater Filter
- Rainwater Harvesting System Complete with Spigot and Water Hose
- Using Food Grade IBC Totes to Store Harvested Rainwater
- Solar Powered Water Pump for Rain Barrels
- Rainfall Calculator to Figure Out How Much Water Your Roof Can Capture
UNIT 18 – How to Build a Rainwater Harvesting System – Part 2
There are literally a million ways to build and manage rainwater collection systems, which depend largely on how big the system is, the volume of water held and what type of water management pumping system you plan to use to move water around to where you need it. Being a solar advocate, my system uses solar water pumps, sump pumps and even solar purification systems to sterilize and purify my water to make sure its safe to use for cooking, cleaning and washing.
- How to Move Water with a Solar-Powered Water Pump
- How to Turn IBC Totes and Galvanized Tanks into Rainwater Cisterns
- How to Install Fiberglass Rain Barrel Cisterns to Store Rainwater
- How to Install Rain Gutters to Collect Rainwater and Store It
- Rainwater Harvesting is a Great Way to Provide Water for Cabins/Homes
UNIT 19 – How to Drill a Water Well with a Garden Hose
Water is one of the most important resources for an off grid property is constant supply of fresh water. When checking on prices to drill a well, the costs can be pretty expensive depending on where the usable water table surface lies. The good news is that in some areas, your can actually use a garden hose, water power kit from Home Depot or Lowe’s to drill your own well. Read the stories and watch the videos to see the step-by-step process of how they did it.
- How to Drill Your Own Water Well with a Kit from Home Depot
- Do It Yourself (DIY) Water Well Drilling for Off-Grid Land
- How to Drill Your Own Water Well for Your Off-Grid Property
UNIT 20 – How to Build a Pond or Lake to Raise Fish and Store Water
One of the coolest things I learned while doing research for my own off grid property was learning how to build my own combination of a stock tank and a natural swimming pool, which utilizes aquatic plants to naturally filter the water so that is almost as clear as regular swimming pool, but without using any harsh chemicals. The result is a swimming pool that is clean enough to see the fish that you’re raising in tandem with an aquaponic garden.
In fact, building a natural swimming pool surrounded by a carefully manicured aquatic landscape is not only beautiful, it can be engineered to promote active breeding of a whole zoo of wildlife that will come to drink, seek shelter and even feed on the residents living in harmony in the pond and on its shores. The fish, ducks and geese usually will muck up a pond, but using an aquaponics garden to filter the water provides valuable and free organic fertilizer. A duck island in the middle with a swim through trap door keeps all waterfowl protected from the local coyotes and the growing wolf population.
And most wildlife agencies will help you stock the pond, learn how to manage it properly and even come out once every 5 year and do a fish population census to see if your wildlife management plan is going according to schedule. If your pond is in a migratory bird path you may even qualify for grants to support proper wildlife management strategies.
- How to Build a Pond/Lake for Awesome Fishing and Reproduction
- Natural Swimming Pools: 9 Myths Busted
- Nice Off-Grid Natural Swimming Pool and Fish Pond
- How to Build Your Own Natural Swimming Pool, Pond or Lake
- How to Build Your Own Off-Grid Pond for Fresh Water and Raising Fish
UNIT 21 – How to Build a Hillbilly Hot Tub for Off Grid Comfort
Just because you’re living off the grid, it doesn’t mean your not allowed to enjoy the same luxuries as anyone else in the world. After a hard day of working around your property, wouldn’t it be nice to sit in a hot tub with a cold drink or a glass of wine. Like anything else, there is hillbilly hot tub that can meet even the lowest household budget.
Low budget options can include building a fire pit under an old galvanized meet stock tank to building a fire pit under and old metal bathtub all the way to a very fancy hot tub that is heated by a solar hot water heater and powered by an solar power system with enough juice to run the water jets and air bubbles to massage your tired body.
The coolest thing about where I live are the crystal clear stars at night that are so clear that I can see the full band of star in the Milky Way spiral and we can see smoke coming off the backside of meteors raining down the during the Perseids and the Giminids meteor showers.
- Using Gabion Baskets and Rocks to Build Hillbilly Hot Tub
- Wood Burning Hot Tub Design for Off-Grid Superior Off-Grid Living
- Off-Grid Wood Stove Hot Water Heater
- How to Build a Hillbilly Hot Tub for Your Off-Grid Cabin
UNIT 22 – How to Grow an Aquaponic Garden and Raise Fish/Shrimp
- How to Raise Shrimp, Crawdads, Duckweed, Fish and Vegetables with an A
- How to Build an Aquaponic Fish Farm for an Off-Grid Property
- How to Grow a Garden of Indoor Microgreens for Feeding Chickens
- How to Build an IBC Tote Aquaponic Garden and Fish Farm
- How to Build a Greenhouse to Support an Off-Grid Aquaponic Garden
- Infographic Tutorials on How to Make an Aquaponic Garden & Fish Tank
- How to Make an Aquaponic Garden and Large Fish Holding tank
- How to Make an Aquaponic Garden and Fish Farm Out of 50 Gallon Drums
- The Benefits of Setting Up an Off-Grid Aquaponics System
- Aquaponics – Combining Hydroponics, Raising Fish and Gardening
- Introduction to Hydroponic Gardening for Off-Grid Living
- Growing Vegetable Gardens Indoors with Hydroponic Gardening
UNIT 23 – How to Plant a Backyard Vegetable Garden
- Off-Grid Living: How to Grow a Successful Backyard Vegetable Garden
- How to Drought Proof Your Garden with Clay Pots
- How to Decorate an Off-Grid Property with Garden Art
- Here are Some Useful Backyard Garden Planning Tools
- How to plant a backyard garden for an Off-Grid property
UNIT 24 – How to Build a Permaculture Raised-Bed Garden
- Planting a Raised Garden for an Off-Grid Shed, Cabin or Home
- How to Plan a Vegetable Garden with Pallets for an Off-Grid Home
UNIT 25 – How to Plant an Herbal Medicine Garden
UNIT 26 – How to Plant Grain in a Backyard Garden
UNIT 27 – How to Plant Groves of Fruit/ Nut Trees and Wild Berry Bushes
- Here is How to Landscape Your Off-Grid Property with Food
- Planting Trees to Provide a Natural Wind Break for Off-Grid Properties
- Planting Trees to Complement a Carefully Planned Garden
- Planting Fruit Trees and Flowers is a Beautiful Combination
- How to Grow Rows of Trees for Landscaping Beautiful OffGrid Properties
- How to Grow Truffles as a Cash Crop on Off-Grid Properties
- How to Plant Trees to Grow Your Wind Breaks for Off-Grid Properties
- How to Build Water Sources to Irrigate Trees and Orchards
- How to Build a Wire Mesh Basket to Protect Against Moles and Gophers
UNIT 28 – How to Grow and Raise Your Own Free Chicken Feed
Very few people have ever heard about raising Black Soldier Flies, but if you only learn one thing from this guide, raising these highly efficient insects will be one of the easiest and most productive things you do, especially if you plan to raise chickens, ducks or other birds. They automatically self-harvest by crawl out of their compost bin right into a food bucket.
They may look like tiny wasps, but they are really a type of fly that serves many useful purposes. First, they are one of the most efficient food-to-protein conversion animals in the world. They will compost everything from horse, cow, and human manure to table scraps to dead animal carcasses and entrails and turn it into one of the best sources of protein that can be used to replace bone meal for all types of live stock feed as well as used for fertilizer in gardens.
A side benefit is that they put off a pheromone that drives common houseflies away from barns, stalls and chicken coops.
- How to Grow Your Own Fresh Chicken Feed for Free!
- How to Raise Black Soldier Flies for Off-Grid Chicken and Fish Feed
- BioPod – for Raising Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Larvae for Chicken Feed
UNIT 29 – How to Plant a Beautiful Backyard Flower Garden
- How to Plant an Entire Field Full of Wild Flowers #2
- How to Plant a Row of Flowers to Landscape an Off-Grid Property
- How to Plant a Barrel of Spilled Flowers that Provide Flowing Color
- How to Plant Flowers in a Window Box to Brighten Your Daily View
UNIT 30 – How to Build a Rock Solid Home Foundation
One of the most important things to building a rock solid shed, cabin or home, it lay a good foundation that keeps out the winter’s freezing frost and enough drainage to divert the springtime’s thunderstorms and heavy downpours.
- How to Build and Insulate a Wooden Floor for an Off-Grid Shed, Cabin or Home
- How to Pour Cement Wall Footers for an Off-Grid Shed, Cabin or Home
- How to Pour Cement Foundation Piers for an Off-Grid Shed, Cabin or Home
- How to Drill in Off-Grid Foundation Piers with Screw In Metal Posts
- How to Build a Foundation for Off-Grid Cabin or Home
UNIT 31 – How to Wire an Off Grid Cabin for Electricity
UNIT 32 – How to Plumb an Off Grid Cabin for Water
- Everything You Need to Know About Plumbing with PEX
- Can PEX Plumbing Freeze?
- The Benefits of Plumbing an Off-Grid Cabin with PEX Pipe
UNIT 33 – How to Insulate Off Grid Cabins for Cold/Hot Weather
UNIT 34 – How to Cool/Heat Off Grid Cabins with Geothermal Tubing
UNIT 35 – How to Heat Off Grid Cabins with Wood Burning Stoves
- The Secret to a Keeping an Off-Grid Home Warm During the Winter
- Using an Efficient Wood Stove to Heat an Off-Grid Shed, Cabin or Home
- Heating an Off-Grid Shed, Cabin or Home with a Wood Stove/Air Blower
- Heating an Off-Grid RV, Shed, Cabin or Home with a Micro Wood Stove
- Using Water Jackets to Heat Water with a Stove for Off-Grid Living
- Wood Stoves for Heating Tents on an Off-Grid Property
- How to Build a Firewood Shed to Keep Wood Dry and Protected from Rain
- How to Build a Firewood Shed to Protect Your Wood During a Blizzard
- How to Build a Wood Burning Rocket Stove Mass Water Heater
- How to Build a Wood Burning Rocket Stove Mass Heater Bench
- How to Build a Rocket Stove Mass Heater with Masonry Stone Work
- How to Build a Rocket Mass Heater to Heat an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
- Building a Rocket Heater with Stone and Wood Burning Stove
- The Bruno T12 Wood Burning Stove Heats Large Areas Easily
- La Nordica “Rosa XXL” Wood Stove for Off-Grid Cabins
- How to Properly Cut Firewood for an Off-Grid Cabin
- Wood Chipper that Cuts Trees into Perfect Sized Fireplace Logs
UNIT 36 – How to Build Cool Stuff with PVC Pipe
- How to Build Storage Solutions Using PVC Pipe
- How to Build an Irrigation System for a Garden with PVC Pipe
- How to Build a Raised Garden with a Wicking Bed Built of PVC Pipe
- How to Build a Greenhouse and Cold Garden Frame Out of PVC Pipe
- How to Build an A-Frame Vertical Garden with PVC Pipe
- How to Build a Vertical Hydroponic Garden with PVC Pipe
- Other Cool Things You Can Make with PVC Pipe for Off-Grid Survival
- How to Build a PVC Trap for Rats, Mice, Squirrels, Turtles & Raccoons
- How to Make a Compound Bow Out of PVC Pipe
- How to Build a PVC Pipe Deer, Turkey and other Wildlife Feeder
- How to Make PVC Spear Guns, Sling Bows, Arrows and Bolts for Hunting
- How to Make PVC Security Fences, Spears, Bayonets and Swords
- How to Build Beds, Shelves, Furniture and Other Items with PVC Pipe
- The Basic Building Blocks for Cutting, Bending and Fitting PVC Pipe
UNIT 37 – How to Live Off Grid in a Shed Home
If you’re in a hurry and have $10,000 to $20,000 to spend, you can buy a really nice shed in just about every small town in American and the build it into a very nice home. You’ll have to plumb and wire it, but it’s a very quick and easy solution.
- A Perfect Cute Mom-In-Law Style Tiny Shed That Is Easy to Build
- Best Little Prefab Tiny House and Shed Cabins Starting at $9,900
- How to Turn a Shed into an Off-Grid Home
- How to Build a Living Room in an Off-Grid Shed
- How to Insulate the Walls of an Off-Grid Shed
- How to Insulate the Attic and Roof of an Off-Grid Shed
- How to Build a Kitchen in an Off-Grid Shed
- How to Add Wood Paneling and Flooring in an Off-Grid Shed
- How to Build Out the Inside of a Shed and Add Electricity
- How to Build Your Own Off-Grid Shed
UNIT 38 – How to Live Off the Grid in a Log Cabin
There are a million online sites that allow you download free and paid log cabin floor plans. My favorite designs include a small core in the middle that is easy to heat with a large southern facing window so that I can use passive solar heating during the winter. Followed by a big wrap around porch that provides a great breeze and is the perfect place watch a thunderstorm’s pouring rain. The most impressive people that I have seen living off grid are those folks surrounded by a thick forest and that use a portable saw mill to cut their lumber using nothing but the forest around them. To me, that is very, very impressive.
- Remote Off-Grid Living in Cabins in the Mountains, Hills and Deserts
- Swedish Coped Lodge Pole Pine Log Cabin Kit 8 Under $12,000
- Nice Two-Story Mountain Cabin on Dunalastair Reservoir in the UK
- Big Windows in an Off-Grid Cabin Provide Excellent Views of Wildlife
- Cooking a Thanksgiving at an Off-Grid Cabin
- Can’t Beat Being Off-Grid and Living in God’s Country
- Thanksgiving Off the Grid: Worcester Family Roasts an OffGrid Turkey
- Thomas Samuel McDade Model Mountain Cabin
- Off-Grid Cabin 480 sq. ft. – 20′ x24′ Floor Plan
- Off-Grid Cabin Floor Plan with 1 Bedroom and Great Room
- Off-Grid Cabin 12′ x 24′ Floor Plan
- Off-Grid Cabin with 1 Bedroom and Big Loft
- Off-Grid Cabin Floor Plan 47′ x44′ with Large Deck
- Off-Grid Cabin House Plan – 1 Beds 1 Baths 768 Sq/Ft
UNIT 39 – How to Live Off the Grid in a Tiny Home
If you’re a minimalist, then you might be attracted to the growing trend of building a tiny home. Too small for me, but for people on a budget and not many physical belongings a tiny home offers a dry, warm, cool and soft place to sleep, a small kitchen with limited space for appliances and storage.
- Japanese Version of Living in an Off-Grid Tiny Home
- Amazing Off-the-Grid Tiny House Has Everything!
- How to Live Off-the-Grid in a Tiny House
UNIT 40 – How to Live Off the Grid in a Container Home
If you know how to weld or have a close friend that does, then building a container home might be the perfect option for you. Containers are strong, can be stacked in a wide a variety of floor plans and then framed in with wood or steel studs to meet your desired living requirements.
- How to Build a Container Home for Living Off the Grid
- Tips to Build and Finish an Off-Grid Shipping Container Home
- 40ft Shipping Containers Transformed into Amazing Off-Grid Family Home
UNIT 41 – How to Live Off the Grid in an Earthship Home
My personal favorite is building an Earthship into the side of a hill so that it is well insulated from heat, cold and the weather outside but comes with large slanted windows that all the sun’s ray to shine almost all the way back into the home during the wintertime. The large windows allow the whole front room of the home to be turned into an aquaponics garden and fish farm that can grow a large vegetable and medicinal garden all 12-months of the year.
- Advanced Modern Day Earthship with Solar Power and Passive Heating
- Cool Building Ideas for Designing the Perfect Earthship
- How Do Earthships Work with Passive Solar?
- Living Off-Grid in an Earthship Home for Energy Efficiency
UNIT 42 – How to Live Off the Grid in a Steel Building
If you’re loaded and have plenty of money to burn building a steel Barndominium might be the best option for you. You can build a 5,000 sq ft slab, with 18’ walls, and two floors for less than $75,000 and then frame the whole structure in with huge open rooms, awesome amenities and set it up so that you can host large parties, wedding, anniversary parties with the look and feel of a hunting lodge.
Yes, this option would be a taxidermist’s dream comes true and you could fill with a zoo of stuffed trophies. The pictures of barndominiums interior designs and decorations are worth a look, even if you can’t afford it right now. You should always have a dream planned to live out when you win the lottery. Right?
- Why You Should Consider Building a Texas Barndominium
- How to Add Slip Sliding Fun to a Steel Building
- How to Acid Stain and Epoxy a Concrete Floor for an Off-Grid Building
- How to Build the Interior Wood Framing of a Metal Building
- How to Turn a Boring Metal Building into a Off-Grid Home
UNIT 43 – How to Live Off the Grid in a Terraced Hill Home
More complicated and probably a lot more expensive than most options, building a home on a terraced hillside would work well with Earthships and/or Container Homes. Things to keep in mind include steel supports drilled deep into the hillside so that everything stays in place. Each terrace should slope slightly backwards for rainwater harvesting and lined with 4’ x 4’ x 16’ Gabion baskets. See the pics featuring different landscaping features such as gardens, flowers, vineyards and fruit trees.
- Landscaping Ideas for Bushes and Trees on a Terraced Hill
- How to Build an Off-Grid Home on a Terraced Hill
UNIT 44 – How to Live Off the Grid in an Underground Home
Paranoid that the world or the government might be out to get you, then an underground bunker might be your cup of tea. Perhaps a nuclear missile silo might be the perfect bunker to prepare for a nuclear war and or an El Chapo escape tunnel that leads to a safe place under the backyard? Check out the pictures for possible floorplans.
UNIT 45 – How to Live Off the Grid a Yurt Home
Perhaps your ancient relatives were nomads or gypsies and you’re looking to build a home that is mobile should the need arise to pick up your roots and move to new location every once in a while. If so, a Yurt might be right for you. Yurts are very sturdy, hold up well in cold environments and provide an amazing amount of space and can include more than one living level. One of my favorite features is the skylight in the middle that provides daylight and views of the stars at night.
UNIT 46 – How to Live Off the Grid in a Glamping Tent Home
Some people like to start their off-grid experience camping in tent. The good news is that tents have some a long ways in the past 20 years and if you don’t believe me, please do a quick Google search on “Glamping,” which is short for Glamorous Camping. You start by building a giant wooden deck. Cover it with a giant heavy-duty tarp. Inside sleeping bags have been replaced with a Queen Anne Cherry Wood Four Poster bed and a memory-foam mattress, matching chest of drawers / armoire and an old fashion clawfoot bathtub. Once you build a home, you can always use it for guests or rent it out for thousands of dollars per night to luxury travelers who want to experience the off grid living lifestyle.
UNIT 47 – How to Live Off the Grid in an Indian Teepee Home
Once I camped in a teepee that was big enough to hold 30 people sitting in a circle with a fireplace in the middle. There were a small village of teepee there and they were all fixed up like the Glamping tents mentioned above.
We camped there on purpose because it was 20 degrees outside. It turned out the Teepees are very well insulated and very comfortable with even a small fire in the middle. Plus, I like Indians and the way the respected mother earth and all the creatures that live in it. In a sense, they existed hand-in-hand with a nature, which sense to blend well with the off grid mentality.
If it was me and I lived in a Teepee, I would definitely wear moccasin boots, a leather jacket with fringe and have a peace pipe that I smoked with all my friends. Check the pictures of living in teepees that we’ve posted. They are very cool.
UNIT 48 – How to Live Off the Grid in a Wilderness Shelter
If shit really did hit the fan, more than likely I would feel more comfortable in a wilderness shelter that is partially dug into the ground and a roof covered with soil and plants to disguise the structure and keep it hidden unless you walked right on top of it. I will also include several escape routes like many of the underground bunkers. That way if someone did show up, my family could quickly exit without being seen.
UNIT 49 – How to Build a Gravel Driveway
The first thing you need when building on an offgrid property is a road and or drive way. And the best way to do this is put a lot of time an effort into it the very first time. First bevel the road into two sides that allow water to drain to the side of the road. Build up the road bed with Caliche and several inches of gravel. Over time the Caliche will bond with rock, gravel and sand and almost turn into cement. You can also put in French drains that will guide the water to where you want it to drain such as a yard, garden or pond. Since the water will flow here every time is rains, this is a great place to plant wildflowers that will bloom many times when it rains. Also lay down a gravel grid of Geocells that will keep the gravel in place and keep it from washing away.
UNIT 50 – How to Build a Fence with Hog Panels/Cow Panels
- How to Build Fences for Off-Grid Properties
- Video – How to Build a Hog Panel Fence
- How to Build an Affordable Hog Wire Fence for Off-Grid Properties
- The Ultimate Guide to Fencing for an Off-Grid Home or Farm
UNIT 51 – How to Build a Fence with Rock-Filled Gabion Baskets
- How to Utilize Gabion Rock Baskets to Tailor Terraced Hillsides
- Cool Things You Can Build with Gabion Rock Baskets
- How to Build Simple Gabion Rock Basket Fences for Security
- How to Build a Fence with Gabion Rock Filled Basket Columns
- How to Build a Gabion Rock Basket Fence for an Off-Grid Property
- How to Filter Out Enough Rocks from River Beds to Fill Gabion Baskets
- Lost Cost and Easy Way to Build a Gabion Basket Retaining Wall
- How to Assemble a Gabion Basket in 4 Minutes
- How to Build a Gabion Box Planter
UNIT 52 – How to Plant and Grow Natural Fence with Bushes and Trees
UNIT 53 – How to Landscape with Rocks and Wooden Works of Art
- 18 Stylish Garden Projects Using Rocks for Landscape Art
- How to Decorate an Off-Grid Property with Rock Art Work
UNIT 54 – Building Furniture with Pallet Wood
- 12 Genius Ways to Repurpose Pallet Wood for Your Garden
- How to Build Anything Out of Pallets and/or Pallet Wood
UNIT 55 – Interior Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
- Cool Stand to Hold Your Keys, Charge Your Phone and Hang Your Watch
- Cool Jumping Deer Mount for an Off-Grid Home
- Building a Box Window for Wildlife Viewing in an Off-Grid Cabin
- How To Build A Mantel Shelf in an Off-Grid Home
- Simple Ways to Add Killer Interior Design Ideas to Your Off-Grid Home
UNIT 56 – Storage Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
- Hunting Gear Closet Storage for Off-Grid Cabins and Homes
- Living Room and Under the Stair Storage Ideas for Off-Grid Homes
- Kitchen Storage Ideas for Off-Grid Homes and Cabins
- Smartphone, iPads, Laptop Charger Storage Ideas for Off-Grid Homes
- Pet Food and Clean Supplies Storage Ideas for Off-Grid Homes
- Bathroom Storage Ideas for an Off-Grid Home
- Washroom Storage Ideas for an Off-Grid Home
- Pantry Storage Ideas for an Off-Grid Home
- Bed Room Storage Ideas for an Off-Grid Home
UNIT 57 – Kitchen Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
- Kitchen Sayings for an Off-Grid Home or Cabin
- Kick Ass Spice Racks for an OffGrid Homes
- How to Build a Pantry that Wraps Around a Refrigerator
UNIT 58 – Kitchen Recipes for Delicious Off Grid Meals
UNIT 59 – Living Room Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
UNIT 60 – Bedroom Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
UNIT 61 – Bathroom Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
- Yay or Nay? on this Rustic Bathroom
- How to Build Your Own DIY Composting Toilet
- How to Build a Hot Shower for an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
- How to Build an Outdoor Shower for Your Off-Grid Cabin
- Some Cool Bathroom Design Ideas for the Off-Grid Cabin
- Off-Grid Wood Chip Composting Toilets
- Off-Grid Bathroom Sinks that Repurpose Grey Water to Flush Toilets
- Good Old-Fashioned Emergency Portable Toilets for Off-Grid Living
- Off-Grid Composting Toilets and Do It Yourself Septic Systems
- Off-Grid Bathroom and Bathtub Design Ideas
- Finding the Perfect Sink for an Off-Grid Home
- Off-Grid Living Bathroom and Outhouse Design Ideas
UNIT 62 – Wash Room Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
- Traditional Washer and Dryers for Off-Grid Wash Rooms with No Power
- Off-Grid Washing Machines and Dryers for Beginners
- Utilizing Small Spaces to Build an Off-Grid Wash Room
UNIT 63 – Mud Room Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
- Rifle, Shotgun and Handgun Storage Ideas for an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
- Hunting Bow Storage Ideas for an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
- Hunting Gear Mud Room Design Ideas for an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
- Mud Room Design Ideas for an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
- Boot Cleaners, Dryers and Storage for an Off-Grid Cabin
UNIT 64 – Patio Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
- 18 DIY Pergola Plans and Ideas for Off-Grid Living Properties
- Backyard Bar Design Ideas for an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
- Off-Grid Fire Pits for Entertaining Friends with a Warm Camp Fire
- Comfortable Swinging Beds and Chairs for Off-Grid Porches and Patios
- Awesome Covered Patios with a Fireplace for Off-Grid Cabins
- Cool Table Tops for an Off-Grid Cabin Patios and Porches
- Off-Grid Cabin Hot Tubs, Pergola Swings and Fire Pits
- Miscellaneous Add-Ons for an Off-Grid Cabin Backyard and Patio
- Building an Awesome Off-Grid Patio Bar for Entertaining
UNIT 65 – Workshop Design Ideas for Off Grid Homes
- How to Build a Wood Supply Storage Bins for Large Board, Plywood, Etc.
- How to Build a Large Work Shop Table with Flippable Tables for Tools
- How to Make Rolling Tables with Wheels for an Off-Grid Workshop
- How to Build Storage Units for Power Tools for an Off-Grid Work Shop
- How to Add Lights and Electricity to a Long Work Bench
- How to Build a Peg Board for Hanging Tools on a Workshop Wall
- How to Build Workshop Shelves for Storing Tools, Hardware & Supplies
- How to Organize Off-Grid Storage of Ladders, Batteries, Cords, etc.
- Off-Grid Workshop with Power Tools and Wood Working Equipment
- Wood-Working Tools that Don’t Require Electricity
UNIT 66 – How to Forge Metal into Knives, Axes and Weapons
- How to Make a Forged Straight Razor at a Class in Maine
- When It’s Ok to Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight
- Here Are the Top Hunting Knives to Bring Afield With You
- How to Make Your Own Bad Ass Hunting Knife
- How about these Hand Forged Viking Battle Axes?
UNIT 67 – How to Make Handcrafted Works of Art
UNIT 68 – How to Plan, Pack and Survive with a Bug Out Bag
- What Should Be Included on a Bug Out Bag (BOB) Packing List?
- What kind of backpack do you need for a Bug Out Bag?
UNIT 69 – How to Survive Wintertime Polar Vortex
UNIT 70 – How to Catch Fish to Put Food on the Table
- How to Build a Better Fish Trap in Survival Situations
- How to Pick the Right Lure for the Right Time of Day and Season
- Understanding Where Fish Like to Swim and Hide is the Key to Fishing
- Fishing Charts for Different Species of Sunfish, Bass, Trout & Catfish
- How to Run a Fishing Hook through Your Bait
- What Types of Fishing Lures Should Fill Up Your Tackle Box?
- An Assortment of Fishing Tackle
- The Top 10 Secret Bait Recipes for Catching Catfish
UNIT 71 – How to Select Bow Hunting Gear for Deer and Elk
- Bowhunting’s Best Rangefinders of 2018
- The Best Way to Sight in Your Hunting Bow
- How to Sight In A Compound Bow
- The Top 5 Compound Hunting Bows for Women
- How to Select a Compound Bow for a Woman
- Deer Hunter Takes Aim from a Tree to Put Food on Off-Grid Table
- Who Would Like to Be on a Hunting Lease with these Deer?
- Bull Elk getting a drink at sunset in Alberta, Canada
- Off-Grid Women Deer and Elk Bow Hunters
- Off-Grid Trophies – Awesome Taxidermy Shows Off Real Wildlife Love
- Talking Deer Asks People for Help – Funny Video!
- What Deer Do When You Don’t Show Up to Your Hunting Stand
- Bow Hunting for Deer and Elk
UNIT 72 – How to Plant Food Plots for Deer, Elk and other Wildlife
- Whitetail Institute Research Center
- Quality Deer Management Association
- What is a “Turnkey” Deer-Scaped Off-Grid Property?
- How to Plant the Ultimate Food Plot for Whitetails
- Mossy Oak Game Keepers Club
- Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center Deer Research Program
- How to Plant the Best Whitetail Deer Food Plots
- Planting Food Plots on Off-Grid Properties
UNIT 73 – How to Setup a Tree Stand for Deer and Elk Hunting
- Off-Grid Tree Stands – How to Setup a Tree Stand for Deer/Elk Hunting
- Off-Grid Shed Hunting – How to Build Corn Feeders that Collect Sheds
UNIT 74 – How to Hunt with Topographic Maps
UNIT 75 – How to Set Traps for Rodents, Varmints and Wild Game
- How to Build a Spring Spear Trap ~ Lethal ~ Primitive ~ Survival
- How to Build a Bow Trap for Large Animals Needed to Feed Big Group
- How to build a Lock, Roller & Primitive Spring Snare Trap
- Simple Traps and Snares for Survival Situations and Off-Grid Living
- Using a Mink and Dog for Rat Removal – Great Video!
UNIT 76 – Top 10 Signs that You Might Be Living in an Off Grid Home
- Off-Grid Signs – Parenting – Done Right
- Off-Grid Signs – Excuse Me Ladies, My Eyes Are Down Here!
- Off-Grid Wishes – a Hug, a Box of Chocolate and $6 Million
- Signs of Love in an Off-Grid Cabin or a Mountain Home
- Funny No Trespassing Signs for an Off-Grid Cabin or Home
- Off-Grid Homes – Filled with Blessings, Family Love and Faith in God
- Off-Grid Fire Pit Signs for Family and Friends
- Off-Grid Cabin and Farming Rules
- Off-Grid Bottle Openers with Clever Sayings
- Signs of Great Off-Grid Hunting Sayings
- Top 10 Signs that You Might Enjoy Drinking in an Off-Grid Bar
UNIT 77 – How to Make Money Renting Off Grid Cabins for Education
UNIT 78 – How to Make Money Planning Fancy Off Grid Dinner Parties
UNIT 79 – How to Build Outdoor Games like Horseshoes or Frisbee Golf
- How to Build a Killer Horseshoe Pit for Your Off-Grid Home or Cabin
- Building a Frisbee Golf Course on Your Off-Grid Property
- How to Build an Awesome Dart Board for Off-Grid Cabins and Homes
- How to Make Your Own Off-Grid Game of Corn Hole
- How to Make a DIY Ladder Golf, Backyard Drink Holders and Giant Jenga
- How to Make You Own 4 in a Row Back Yard Game for Off-Grid Fun
- Here Are Some Games that Might Well for Your Off-Grid Cabin or Home
UNIT 80 – Funny Off Grid Backyard Videos
- Can You Survive in the Wild Using Only Your Bare Hands?
- Elk Herd Socializing in the Off-Grid Cabin’s Backyard Pond
- A Momma Bison Teaches Her Calve How to Defend Itself Against Wolves
- God’s Backyard – Bugling Elk Fighting for Breeding Rights and a Harem
- Free Off-Grid Entertainment – Grizzly Bear Video
- Think Big Bears Can’t Climb Trees?? Wrong – Funny Video!
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