Archive for August, 2009

Buying the land

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Well on August 4th I went to look at the land, and made an offer.  Pictures are in the gallery section.  The soil seems to have adequate clay content for adobe mud, and the site is quite beautiful, and sufficiently remote.  Water is at a depth of around 800 feet, from what I’m told.  Rainwater catchment is going to be my best option for water at the site, combined with some hauling of water to supplement my needs during the dry season.   Eventually the idea is to have a large enough cistern and roof area to catch enough water for constant use without any hauling.  It’s going to require some trial and error testing to decide exactly how much that will be.   I’ve never lived off-grid or used water conserving systems before, so I still need to calculate how much water I’ll be using on a weekly basis.   I will of course update the site with all of this information as things unfold.

Once the offer on the land is accepted, I will post the final cost of the land purchase including closing costs.  I will continue to document all costs associated with the project for you.   I hope to show how relatively inexpensive it can be to migrate to an off-grid lifestyle, and how little it costs to live that way.   Either I will do that, or completely disprove the idea in the course of my attempt.  Either way it will be fun.

Keep checking in, as this is an ongoing process.  I expect to be moved on to the lot living in an RV while I work on the construction within 3 – 4 weeks.  I will post the final cost on the RV also.