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Perfect Off the Grid Property

| October 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

off the grid waterfallWe are looking for a property potentially to go off the grid on and in Ecuador and have put together a list of what we’re hoping the land will look like:

Off the Grid Plan for Land

Running water capable of micro-hydro, which translates to waterfall or fast stream with good, year round flow…

Within 1 hour drive of a hospital

Arable land – good to grow food

Minimum 2 hectares would love more.

Established orchard/gardens

Some kind of shelter/structure

Access road, short path.

Access to telephone hard-line

Off the Grid Homestead

We are planning to create an off the grid homestead. We will be growing our own food – fruits and vegetables in a garden close to the home. We hope to have goats, chickens and perhaps a pig. We will be creating our own electricity via micro-hydro and our own methane via a bio-digester.

We are a family of 3 who are trying to simplify our lives and want to live from what the land offers by going off the grid.  Our intention is to integrate into the local community and become part of a system that works for the people of Ecuador. A local farm community would be ideal for our needs but we are open to your knowledge of the area.

Quito farmland

Quito farmland

Temperature is a factor and we’d prefer to be warmer than cooler.

The hospital is also a factor as we have a health concern that may become an emergency situation, so we need to be located within a one hour drive of a hospital.

We are hoping to spend approximately $30,000 for land that is assessed at $25,000 +, so we may qualify for residency.

This is our ideal list; we will be flexible as we start our search and start to see exactly what is available, but in an ideal world we’d get everything we’re looking for and be able to off the grid …

Build Naturally with Cob – Video

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
love cob

DIY cob

DIY cob, here is a great site that has several videos that show how to work and create with cob and/or straw bale. Several projects and recipes are shared here so it’s a good place to see how it’s done – step by step.

Think building with sand, clay and straw is too much work or just a crazy concept? Well take a moment and check out these how to videos that share everything you need to know.

This is a great resource for us and for anyone considering building or creating with cob, whether you’re curious, serious or just want an interesting sustainable project, this site will give you the tools you need to make decisions before you build.

Very big thank you to the site Build Naturally. for sharing such useful information and on video to boot!


Cob Houses – Choices and Sustainability in One – Video

| September 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

cob house startedHere’s a video showing a number of cob houses found on the west coast. Lots of variety and designs, these homes range from $900 to $50,000.

Worth taking a moment and looking at the beautiful, sustainable creations and choices cob offers, this is definitely one of the types homes we are potentially looking at building.

Cob uses sand, straw and clay to create an amazingly strong substance.

Enjoy the video!

Cob Houses – Live Debt Free with Sustainable Development – Video


Boat or a House?

| September 4, 2012 | 2 Comments

House or Boat just waitingGrounded boats on the shores of Salt Spring Island that look like they’re just waiting to be turned into a home!

The small one on the left looks like it’s already a home under renovations!

Which one would you prefer?




Mud Girls Make Mud Walls

| August 15, 2012 | 5 Comments


mud wall

mud wall


Driving along on Salt Spring Island we had to stop and take photos of this mud wall in progress. is a group of girls who apparently know what they’re doing when it comes to building with mud, because their finished cob homes are amazing and their designs artist and organic. I was taken back with the completed homes on their website, they are really beautiful.

I wonder if we could convince them to come help us build in Ecuador? … cob home


Ocean Side House on Salt Spring Island

| August 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
ocean view on Salt Spring Island

ocean view on Salt Spring Island

Natural Homes and Tiny Houses

| July 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

Here’s a great website featuring designs for tiny houses – under 375 sq feet and using cord wood, a very effective, simple and sustainable method. This site includes step by step plans.

Thanks to  Green Hamlet – Ecovillage of Natural Homes | Tiny House Design.  for the great info.

This is one of the types of homes and materials that we have researched as a possibility for our house. Our construction will depend on the resources available on our land and in the local area we settle in …


Salt Spring Island Windmill

| July 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

Salt Spring Island has many people living a sustainable lifestyle

salt spring island windmill


Beautiful Container Home

| July 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Containers can make very functional and beautiful homes. Here’s an example of a container home with a view!

thanks to for some incredible design ideasespace container home

Shipping Container Homes – Designs and Plans

| July 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Here’s a sample of the inside of a container home; simple and spacious it demonstrates the potential usefulness of containers as home.

Thanks to for this great post!

Shipping Container Homes – Designs and Plans.

container home plans