Need a pump? the simple pump is a great choice and here’s why
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.
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.
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 …
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!
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!
Driving along on Salt Spring Island we had to stop and take photos of this mud wall in progress. mudgirls.ca 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.
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 has many people living a sustainable lifestyle
Containers can make very functional and beautiful homes. Here’s an example of a container home with a view!
thanks to http://designcrave.com/2009-06-22/10-brilliant-boxy-and-sustainable-shipping-container-homes/ for some incredible design ideas
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 http://eileenhughes.hubpages.com/hub/Shipping-Container-Homes-Designs-and-Plans for this great post!