They’ll Need to Do Demo Work before Building a Bathroom

They’ll Need to Do Demo Work before Building a Bathroom

We are FINALLY adding a bathroom to our cabin! Due to our change in plans it will be where the wood stove and chimney were instead of in an addition. This means we needed to demo those before we could get started on the bathroom. CHIMNEY I started at the top with chimney removal. (If you ever need to do this check out YouTube as there are lots of videos explaining the process.) First, I removed the chimney cap that…

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They Will Need to Change Plans

They Will Need to Change Plans

“Is it International Choke a Bureaucrat Day? …Because it sure feels like it” was my first thought when the bureaucrat at the county office told me that if we put a 12×12 addition on our cabin for a bathroom it would no longer qualify as an “accessory dwelling” according to the county zoning ordinance. That would mean we would have to take it down or alter it so it was no longer a dwelling in order to build another primary…

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Building a Woodshed with Salvaged Materials

Building a Woodshed with Salvaged Materials

Why we wanted to build a woodshed: We want to cut from our land all of the firewood we burn in our woodstove, which is our only heat source. This year, that wasn’t a problem as we needed to cut down many trees to clear a right of way for our power line. We did have a problem of not having a place to put the wood once it was cut, so I decided we needed a woodshed. And since…

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A Bear Will Come to Visit

A Bear Will Come to Visit

One day last summer I found this little guy knocking at our front door. I don’t know how he got there. We have a pond that’s about halfway between our cabin and the road and then a river on the other side of the cabin. Either way, he was a good distance from water. A couple days later I was in the house by myself when I heard a knocking near the front door. Thinking that the turtle had come…

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They Will Get Cats

They Will Get Cats

Once we had made the decision to move to the country, I became very excited because Mark promised that when we found a place and moved there we could get two cats. While Mark had grown up with only a dog, I had grown up with a variety of pets including hermit crabs, fish, rats, hamsters, dogs, and my favorite, cats. We didn’t get cats while living in town because Mark specifically wanted outdoor cats and I was sure that…

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They Will Make (Ambitious) 2018 Goals

They Will Make (Ambitious) 2018 Goals

In an attempt to redeem the time and learn from the lessons of the last year, we have set out to outline our goals for the year. Last year, we embarked on our adventure with a vague idea of what we needed and wanted, but with little preparation only a few of those ideas came to fruition. We both feel that we could manage our time better so by the grace of God we are writing our plans in pencil!…

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2017 A Year in Review

2017 A Year in Review

2017 was the year we jumped into this adventure with both feet. We’re doing it. We’re living in our cabin and making our home here. We have had lots of changes and have learned a lot. This time last year we were packing up our house in town, preparing to be in a friend’s wedding, attending many family Christmases—all around the same time! We’re so happy to have a year under our belts pursuing something that was only an idea…

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Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Since we heat exclusively with wood and don’t want to purchase wood, we do a lot of cutting and splitting. Bailey wanted to be able to help with this but was afraid that she would hurt herself swinging a splitting maul. Because of this, we decided to get a wood splitter so that she could both help and feel safe. We also figured we would get a lot of use out of it and could even use it to help…

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They Will Get a Refrigerator

They Will Get a Refrigerator

We’ve been asked two questions a lot: “How’s the electricity?” and “What’s changed now that you have electricity?”Before we got electricity, the winter darkness signaled bedtime and we went to bed a lot earlier than we normally would. These days, one of the things we’ve really enjoyed about the electricity is being able to stay up later, see what we’re doing, and feel less tired in the evenings. It’s amazing how much energy I get from having lights on in…

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Five Reasons We Didn’t Choose Off-Grid Solar

Five Reasons We Didn’t Choose Off-Grid Solar

After buying an off-grid cabin we considered installing an off-grid solar electric system and were actually leaning toward doing so for a few months but, ultimately, decided against it and connected to the grid. We can see this being a good option for some people and never needing to pay an electric bill is certainly appealing, but it just isn’t for us. Here are five reasons why we decided to go on the grid. 1.     A solar electric system didn’t…

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