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Living off the Grid: Building a $300 Off the Grid Cabin for Winter


We are loving our little cabin! Have we ever built a cabin before? NOPE! Do we feel more confident about our building skills? Yes! Did we learn a lot that we can implement when building our barn and house? YES!

In September 2015 Jesse and Alyssa purchased 5 acres of land in the Pacific Northwest where they’re working to develop their off grid homestead 100% from scratch.

While they’ll be working to build their timber frame barn and eventually timber frame house, winter has arrived and they have neither! They are boondocking in their RV and needed a way to winterize + stay warm. So they needed to do something about it.

They don’t have electricity, so what they did was building an off the grid cabin that would attach to their portable RV garage, giving them a fully enclosed, heated space.

We decided to build this little cabin as an add-on to our RV. Right now, our RV is under a ShelterLogic Garage-in-a-Box which has no insulation whatsoever. We thought that if we could build a small 10×12 cabin onto the end of the carport that we could heat the entire enclosure with a wood stove. We’ve been working to insulation the carport fully, so between all of our efforts we have managed to heat the inside to 68 degrees!

The best part?

They built this off grid cabin themselves with reclaimed materials. Instead of spending $3,000+ to build this cabin, they did it for about $300. That’s a job well done!

Some of the reclaimed material used in the build

Some of the reclaimed material used in the build

Most of these materials came from a demolition we were able to help out with which you can see in our other videos. We also were able to salvage many second-hand building materials with a barter flyer we put up around town.

I recommend you check out the video, and if you want to follow their journey you can check out their website Pure Living For Life.

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