Category: Building Your Own Off Grid Home

One Man Builds Off Grid Cabin With Hand Tools (Super Inspiring Video!)

He walks across a dry, late summer field to a quiet spot where logs lie in the grass – carrying nothing more than a two-handed saw and an axe. To begin with, you might not think much of it. Keep watching, because very soon it will suddenly hit you that this man is a serious craftsman… and that we are watching a masterpiece in the making.

If you’ve been contemplating the idea of building your own cabin in the near future, then you might find true inspiration from this mesmerizing and impressive YouTube video from the Les ateliers du hameau channel; of a man who demonstrates singlehandedly how to build an off grid cabin with hand tools. What’s even more impressive is that he’s not starting with pre-cut hardware store lumber, but from fallen logs laying on the ground! (more tools and materials are brought in later)

Building an off-grid cabin is no easy feat. It demands a certain skill level, patience, and dedication to the project. It’s a serious workout too! Here are some useful pointers to help (All these steps are illustrated in the time-lapse video):

• Always Start with a Detailed And Well Thought Out Plan: Do you have the right tools for the job? Does the land have natural resources to support your off-grid living? Are you adhering to local planning and building codes/laws? What type of cabin do you want to build?

• Laying the Foundation: There are different types of foundations depending on your budget, the cabin design, and the ground underneath. You can either use concrete pad foundations or treated oak piles, as demonstrated in the video.

• Raising the Walls and Laying the Floor: Raising the walls to create a frame is arguably one of the most satisfying experiences as your off-grid cabin begins to take shape. It’s advisable to carefully consider the type of lumber you use – durability, strength etc. You can see in the video that this isn’t cheap, scrappy hardware store lumber but well-chosen beams that are straight and true.

• Roofing: Once the walls are constructed and window/door openings cut, the next step is typically raising the roof.

• Finish: This includes building the front porch, interior walls, glass panels for the windows/door, painting, etc.

Freedom and adventure await!

One Man Builds Off Grid Cabin With Hand Tools
One Man Builds Off Grid Cabin with Hand Tools – Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S_g_59GzCI

Simple And Sustainable Living In My 100 Square Foot Tiny House

As outdoor enthusiasts, preppers, eco-warriors, and ‘off-grid livers’, sustainable living (i.e., co-existing with nature) is part and person of who we are. The importance of protecting the environment by any mean possible cannot be understated. People take different approaches to this ‘calling’ but with the same underlying purpose.

One way to reduce your ‘ecological footprint’ is by adopting a tiny home lifestyle. If you’re interested in joining the rapidly growing tiny-house movement, who better to turn to than someone who’s actually done it?

For just $1500, using repurposed material, and with an urge to help others and the earth, Rob Greenfield built a tiny sustainable home in Orlando. In the full house tour, Rob demonstrates how to live simply through features such as a composting toilet, rainwater collections systems, gardening and sustainable waste management.

Drawing on the eco-friendly habits and tips offered by Rob, there’s a lot you can do in your own personal space to make an impact. For example:

• He emphasizes the need to be mindful of your purchases. Before heading to the stores, consider how something new will impact the environment and how it fits into your life.

• Don’t think of water supplies as unlimited. Instead, find innovative ways to make the most of the water resources available.

• Grow your own food! It’s healthier, safer, and better for mother nature.

• Reduce, reuse, recycle. This is one of the most basic tasks of sustainable living. There are innumerable ways you can about these practices as long as you put your mind to it.

Living comfortably in a tiny house is possible… just as Rob Greenfield has proven. It may even allow you to live a more peaceful and positively impactful life.

Simple And Sustainable Living In My 100 Square Foot Tiny House
Simple and Sustainable Living in My 100 Square Foot Tiny House – Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr5s0ps9rAQ

Video: Amazing Secret Lord Of The Rings House

Video - Amazing Secret Lord Of The Rings House
Video: Amazing Secret Lord Of The Rings House
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5F8AgnQUr4

This astonishing fantasy house was built over a period of 11 years by an English farmer with a real artistic passion! The structure is full of wonderful organic shapes and the short video tour shows the building in a lot of detail both inside and out – we can see that this really is a labour of love and simply looking at it inspires thoughts of another world!

It’s so refreshing to see some creativity in building work! Thankfully there seems to be a lot of interest in unusual buildings in recent times, the internet is bringing us images and videos of previously hidden gems like this one and it’s encouraging more builders to express their creativity and to move away from the idea that houses have to be built purely with function in mind.

The technical skills of dry stone walling (or “dry-stacking”) that are evident in this building are part of an ancient tradition that can be traced back for many thousands of years – there are dry stone walls still surviving from prehistoric times and some of these can be seen in old burial chambers throughout the UK.

Very tall dry walls are much less stable so there are limits to how they can be used. The featured house has been reinforced with concrete as a precaution without changing the outer appearance – a wall without any mortar would also let the wind through!

Dry stone walls are found in many parts of the world and are usually built on farms to keep the animals enclosed. A lot of farmland is cleared of stone before ploughing or to make better use of the land for pasture – the stone can be then used for walling and it is ideal for dry or mountainous areas where hedges don’t grow easily.

Dry walls are very long lasting when built well and can be maintained without the need to bring in new materials – this makes them very eco-friendly! Small gaps in the walls provide a habitat for wildlife as well.

The building technique relies on the stones being fitted together tightly so that no mortar is needed and only gravity holds them in place. An amazing example can be found in the Mourne mountains of Northern Ireland – a wall that is 22 miles long! It took 18 years to construct and goes over 15 mountains along the way!

If you love the artistic use of stone, it’s well worth a look at some other examples that show just how versatile it can be – the works of Dan Snow and Andy Goldsworthy will provide some further inspiration.

Okay, here is the video: