I'm off to build my dream!
For decades I've craved living in peace on my own land, far from neighbors, noise, traffic, and most of humanity.
I've never lived off-grid before.
This is all new to me.
I'm moving to a patch of dirt with nothing on it. I'll need to build garages to store my things and a small shed to make into a tiny home. I'm creating this little off-grid compound in order to have a home base while I build my dream.
Which I'll post about at a different time (hopefully).
For now, here's what I'm bringing with me:
Solar can be pricey.
I sank some serious cash into some of these items in hopes they will bring a bit more comfort to my new lifestyle.
Battery Powered Everything (Mostly Rechargeable)
Wood Burning Items
Look, I know this little fence set up will not keep out the wild cows, aggressive rattlesnakes, or any other critter that roams the land, but I'm hoping the cows will be too lazy most of the time to knock it down. Eventually, I'm building a tall and thick hyperadobe wall around my entire compound. Until then, this will give me the illusion of safety. I'm hoping to add a solar electric fence to it down the line.
Homemade First Aid Kit
I have a regular first aid kit in my car at all times but for my land and every day life, I wanted something better. So, I spent the last two years sourcing items for this kit, it's nowhere near finished but here are some of the items I have in it.
Shallow Well Gear
I know the water table is about 40' below the surface of my land. Way too deep for a shallow well. But, there are less deep water sources here and there so, if I get bored one day, I can try to reach one. It will probably be salt water, but I'm still curious. Besides, I bought these before I knew I would end up in the desert, so I already have them on hand.
Hyperadobe Build Supplies
I have a lot more random little things, various tools, clamps, etc.
But, this is everything I can think of off the top of my head right now that seems more important.
I'm buying more gear when I get there too.
Like totes for my water supply and portable garage kits that I'm going to use the frames from and ditch the rest.
Going off-grid is not cheap.
Hi, I'm Dana.
I love art, design, vintage goods, healthy living, and weirdo fringe stuff.
I design wallpaper and textiles under the name Dolphin & Condor.
I have my own line of pillows based on the periodic table called Element Pillows.
I have an ugly Christmas sweater shop called My Ugly Sweater.
I edit and sell vintage photos under the handle Photo Trade Co.
And, so much more! Can you tell I enjoy working?