In this series, we have talked about building a homestead from just raw land and starting with a homestead that was already built, some pros and cons to each. We have talked a little about how much land you need if you are wanting to get certain animals and what amount of land is the minimum for some animals that you may want. In this series, we have talked about utilities and them going into the homestead and septic tanks and also a really important issue and that was water.
Now let's talk about building on the homestead. You have got all the utilities in and got that all done and you are setting up some temporary housing on the homestead. Because from experience I can tell you renting a house is not cheap when you are wanting to build a homestead debt free. It takes a lot from your budget for building your homestead up. There are many options for this, A camper or a motorhome is on option, as you have water and power and such on your homestead or finding something like a small mobile home that can be set up out of the way of the sites you want to build on. Even building a pole barn and making a section for living in and use the other part for a shop or something that you will need later on your journey of homesteading. Then use the living area later for a processing area when homes are built, there are many options here.
We are a family that likes to think outside of the box because some of the best ideas are the ones that people have not done and it will make your homestead unique to you and how you want it to be. Always check with your county to make sure it is good so there is no problems down the road. I am not big on having the government run my life but talking to them will make your life easier in the long run and you might give them an education also. To be honest, most small counties will not care if you are outside the city limits, the majority of the time.
We want to continue to think outside the box and we are, as we are building with AirCrete and to take it one step farther we will be building all our house as domes. We are thinking outside the box and did not want to live in a box, so a round house it will be! It will be made out of square blocks though or somewhat square blocks!
Some thinking and research went into this as we are in the south and we can and do get some hurricanes and tropical storms in our neck of the woods. We get very little snow and ice so wind resistant homes were the way to go here. Ok, we did get a little snow here this year!
That is something you need to think about when building what you want to be your lifetime home. What is the rainfall or snow totals in your area, what is the runoff like for that when it rains or the snow melts? What is the basic weather like in my area do you get hurricanes or tropical storms? Is there going to be three foot of snow on my roof before I can get out there and clean it off or will it fall off the roof and block the doors? Will the soil hold the water or will it soak it in and not flood me out of my house? If it runs off where will it go? What will I have to do to make the water go where I want it to go?There are many questions you need to ask and get answers to these questions. Make informed decisions not quick decisions. I hope this has helped you in knowing what questions to ask yourself and was a guide to help you to make an informed decision. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog and I hope everyone has a great day/night, whatever it is in your neck of the woods.