Going Off-Grid in the White Mountains

    Nobody said going off grid would be easy, and if they did they would be wrong.  Building a homestead off grid sure can present it's challenges, but the dream of a nearly bill free existence and the ability to travel freely has kept the stoke high.  As we near the middle of the build, I thought it would be a good time to catch you all up on the project so far.

    In December 2014, my girlfriend and I bought a small parcel in Bethlehem NH.  This property is far from the grid and the sounds of the city.  It is literally a section of woods I carved out myself with my trusty Johnsered chainsaw, and a small excavator to remove the stumps.  this process took us into the Winter of 2015-2016 were work halted for the season.

     After the Winter season, we picked up where we left off at the homestead.  A little Spring cleanup and the build began.  A large order of gravel and a big order from the Orange store got us the supplies we needed to start the build.  After around a week of building, the foundation was in along with the floor.  The stoke was high "We should have this shit done in a another week" I thought to myself, for the first time in my life, I was wrong.

Framing the cabin walls

Framing the cabin walls

   The next few weeks were spent framing the walls, with advanced framing and insulated headers to reduce future heating and cooling as well as limiting the amount of lumber used.  The walls were raised post haste, with level bubbles in the center for days.  Everything was going smoothly until that dammed steep roof...

The land around sunset

The land around sunset

   The roof turns out to be a real pain in the ass, the lack of proper tools for roof work sure slowed us down.  As of last weekend the roof framing is complete and it is time for the sheathing.  The nice part about it is as soon as the roof is done, the project should go more easily.  Well... at least we think...

Enjoying the mountains after a long day building

Enjoying the mountains after a long day building