Small House Plans
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 - 5 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA

OK, so you have a property, but no home on it, or maybe you have been looking for land, a place away from the city, away from the crowds, but if it already has a home on it, the price skyrockets, you could afford to get land with no home, now what? Assuming your land (or potential land) is located in a place with no or few building codes, you can build your own home, that’s what we did, and we were able to use recycled materials, making the costs minimal. Bob didn’t have a “plan”, though he had a rough idea of what he wanted to end up with. For those with no idea how to start, I have found a couple of small home plans to get you started, these are designed to be low cost and easy to build, you can use new materials, used materials or a combination of each. Here are the links:

This one was printed in ’95 so the prices they list are out of date, but it should still be pretty cost effective to build.
This one is really good, it will cost you only $5.00 for the plans to build this cabin, it’s not too much to ask, and it helps to support the author, LaMar. LaMar lives in this cabin, he lives off grid full time, he will answer any questions you may have, check it out, there are lots of pictures.
I’ll search out more small house plans and post them here, look for the updates.
Wretha


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5 comments

1 Scott { 09.05.08 at 1:03 am }

Hi,
I live in Alaska and moved off grid 2 years ago and love it. Solar and wind for power with a small generator for the dark months. Used $30 dollars in fuel for electric last winter. I live up on a hill side with a view of the Alaska range and the Tanana river to the south. Lost 20 pounds with no tv and spending more time outdoors. I am currently building a small house that is 12×24 with a loft bedroom. Using some left over 2×8 boards and almost all salvaged materials. Cell phone and wireless internet connection. I did not do this to be green either but just to see if I could. Sold a perfectly good 3 bedroom house in town. Most of my friends can not understand why. I am 52 and may live to be 100 it is so peaceful out here. Some days it is hard to work on my cabin because I just want to sit and enjoy the view. I bought Lamars how to build a cabin instructions and it does have a lot of good info in it for someone just starting out. I have a friend who is just heading out to the Brooks range to spend part of the winter in a small cabin on a lake. No power or roads and 50 to 60 miles to the nearest place to get help. I will try to add a link to her blog as I am sure you and other readers will enjoy reading it. Anyway just wanted to tell you congratulations on what you are doing.
Scott
http://northernlightlegacy.blogspot.com/

2 mockum { 09.05.08 at 1:58 am }

Thanks for the links. Another source for smallish house plans is http://www.countryplans.com.

3 Wretha { 09.05.08 at 5:37 am }

Scott
Thanks for the bio, very interesting, again I say, you should have a blog, it’s not hard to do, if I can do it, anyone can!

Be sure to comment from time to time, I would like to know what is happening in your life. :)

mockum
Thanks for the link, I’ll add it to the post.

Wretha

4 josh { 09.08.08 at 1:10 pm }

Nice list. When I was researching for our little place, I had stumbled upon most of those on the list. The one thing that has helped me a lot was the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Used building materials very cheaply priced. We are building our cabin in a modular design in hopes that expansion will be easy. http://www.amyandjoshscabin.com is our website. We have a cabin blog on there to document our progress. Nice site and I will be adding your blog to our links.

5 Donald R. S { 02.10.11 at 4:51 pm }

I like to be off the grid but I have no land of my onw to work with and it is hard for a poor man to do so.

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