Homesteading is a broad term that involves living a lifestyle of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. It is a way of life that is slowly becoming more favorable thanks to its frugal nature, weaning off the reliance on overpriced and overproduced supermarket goods so that you can fully sustain yourself without outside help, house payments, and spending small fortunes on electricity and food.
Off the Grid by LaMar Alexander is an incredibly useful book with step-by-step guides and instructions to help you spark off and maintain this simpler lifestyle. Alexander has been a homesteader himself for a number of years, so his own experiences combined with his knowledge as a health education specialist offers a wealth of information. After a divorce and sudden illness claimed nearly all of Alexander’s money and assets, he decided to build his own home on a small piece of land that he inherited from his family’s old homestead. He’s been living there for over 15 years now, so he truly is an expert on the subject.
Alexanders’ General Project Overview Video
The book will teach you how to:
- build a 14×14-foot cabin for under $2000 (which can be done in two weeks), and other building design styles (e.g. straw bale homes, yurts, and shipping containers)
- install a solar and wind power system
- install a wood stove
- build a solar compost toilet, a hand power washing machine, pullet hot tub, outdoor wood furnace, solar water heaters and over 20 other projects
- harvest rainwater and drill a water well
- plant and raise a garden and animals (and their pens)
- make a living from your homestead
If you feel like building this little cabin Alexander’s detailed book – Off the Grid costs 19.99$ on Amazon.com and you can read the reviews here.
Collage photos from Lamar Alexander the book author reach out to him directly at http://www.simplesolarhomesteading.com.