Now that you have your land and water secure it is time to start planning for your home.
There are many things that you need to think about before you draw the first plan or dig the first hole.
Just some of the things that you need to consider are:
Are you just planning on camping every once in a while or are you planning on living there year round?
Are you looking for something suitable for a few years or a few generations?
What is the climate and location of your potential home site at all times of the year? In the dead of winter it may be beautiful but in spring thaw it may be a flood zone or an oven in the summer.
How much room do you have to build and how much room do you need?
What natural materials like logs, stone or adobe do you have available or want to use?
How accessible is your potential home site?
Since this home will be depending on alternative energy sources how good is the access to sun, wind, or water to power your home?
And the biggy how much money and help do you have available to build your new home?
Depending on what type of home you are considering you need to take your time and consider all the questions. This home in most cases once up would not be easy to move so Think first! Then once all the foreseeable questions are answered to your satisfaction then start drawing up your plans.
What type of home to build? Only the limits of zoning, regulations and your imagination can answer that question. Any kind of house or housing can be used in an off grid situation. That can start a the most basic tarp strung between two trees to a multi million dollar house built by pros. But in between are tents large and small, tipis, yurts, rvs, converted storage containers and buses, portable buildings, mobile homes, log cabins, rammed earth homes, earth sheltered homes/caves, adobe, the sky is the limit. If you can dream it and draw it you can build it!
In the next few articles we will take a look at some of the more unusual types of shelters in depth.