Craig from Ontario, Canada shares his story with us today.
I bought the place 3 years ago. Originally I was just looking just for land with the mind to build a 10 x 10 cabin. But I got lucky the real estate add was for 19.89 acres with a dilapitated 14 x 16 cabin. There was also an out house, shed and 12 x 8 sauna which were not mentioned. All the buildings did need re shingling some paint and a good sweeping. But otherwise everything was fine. It just goes to show ya that some peoples lack of vision is some else treasure trove.
This all cost me less than $20 000 Canadian. I turned the out house into a composting toilet, which by the way has no smell what so ever when used properly which cannot be said of the majority of traditional out houses. It is located in northern Ontario west of Sudbury. There was hydro but I haven’t bothered to hook it back up. It’s more fun without it.
Here is the updated outhouse with leftover laminate floor from a friends kitchen. I’ve sent a before and after for the sauna just to let folks have a look at what little one needs to do to fix a place up.
The Sauna a simple refurbish, I just painted it green and put on a new door I got from work, and re shingled. I am a superintendent of a housing development and have plenty of access to discarded supplies. Official rights to dumpster diving and garbage picking.
At present I am not able to live out there full time but I plan on moving up full time in about 4 years. We mainly use candles, oil lamps and Led lighting especially outside. The idea out there is not to live the way we do in the city. There is no water at present so we use rain catchment and get our drinking water from a spring a mile up the road. Everything is done with thought.
Unlike the city where switches are flipped, faucets turned and toilets flushed. Out here we have to think and that’s what makes it so great. A step closer to the sort of practical intelligence our ancestors relied upon. Things are done slower and better for it.
Not being hooked to the grid makes hand tools essential and since everyone is so happy to get new lithium powered drills, and saws I have inherited every possible hand tool I could ever dream of.
With one 30 Watt solar panel we charge up a 12v battery ( Eliminator Power Box 800) for radio, ipod charging and cell phone charging. Anything more and children usually find away to drone off into technology. The main plan is to deprogram from urban life and soak up the essance of our true ancestral environment. Back to the source.
Thanks Craig for sharing your story with us.