We planned on spending a week in our unfinished cabin during the month of February, 2018. Our cabin is just under 400 sq. feet and currently uninsulated.
The weather started out very mild with just a touch of snow.
At first we were disappointed with the lack of snow, but agreed that at least the weather was mild and we wouldn’t be freezing. The first night we were very cozy with our space heater and electric throw blanket. Our Firman generatorworked wonderfully powering both of them.
However the weather in the mountains of Oregon can change quickly.
The snow started that night and the temperature dropped significantly. Our little space heater wasn’t quite able to heat that much uninsulated space. It was so cold inside the cabin, the water in the dogs bowl froze. I feared it would be too extreme for my 6 year old rottweiler. So I covered him with a blanket which he managed to keep on all night.
It was truly beautiful during the day. But we agreed it was not comfortable enough to stay another night. We definitely appreciate how important heat is. This was a lesson learned. Next time we stay in the cabin during winter we will need at least a woodburning stove.
Before purchasing the property and the cabin, we considered going “off-grid” and what that would mean. We’ve been long-time campers, using only tents, so we have experience being “off the grid” temporarily– but to live off-grid is a whole different ballgame.
We researched living off-grid using the internet via Blogs, YouTube, and documentaries. All have been extremely helpful, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve chosen to write a blog: to help others see the possibilities of life off-grid, and our journey to achieve it.
Buying the cabin we chose allowed us to start from the ground up. We started by creating a layout for our future home, and had the windows placed accordingly. Having been campers for a long time, we had already acquired many essentials for living off-grid. This has allowed us to stay in our unfinished cabin comfortably as we complete it.
Staying in our cabin this way gave us a glimpse into the future of being off-grid. I was able to utilize our future kitchen space, and get a better idea of how I envision the end result.
We have been very fortunate to start our journey this way. We are learning as we go, and making changes along the way. We’ve stayed in our cabin a few times now and every time we learn something new.
Our cabin was delivered on a sunny 74 degree day in October, 2017. We stayed in the cabin, which is unfinished for a week. The weather changed dramatically the first night.
First we heard the rain hitting the metal roof, so cool. Coming from California and 7 years of drought, we loved it. Then we heard nothing. My husband went outside to check and couldn’t believe what he saw. Snow and it was coming down good.
Our rottweiler loved it.
View from our window the next morning.
It looked like a post card.
Our cozy inside arrangement. Everything we need for now.
We have our property and now begins the search for our forever home.
We never make quick decisions so the process of finding our home was time consuming.
We first began our search looking at Air Stream trailers.
Although these are beautiful and extremely well built, it was not the right choice for us.
Next we considered a fifth wheel toy hauler.
Another beautiful option but again not the right choice.
We thought for sure we found the perfect option when we found a park model. And as much as we loved this home it was not meant to be. Mostly because it was located in Minnesota and the transportation cost outwayed the cost of the home.
So we were at a loss for housing when while driving thru our town we came upon a new lot. It was full of cabins and sheds. My husband looked at me and said we need to check these out. At first I thought he was crazy. But after walking through one we both knew the potential of these buildings.
So now we have our forever home, thanks to Old Hickory. And the adventure of creating a livable, comfy environment begins.😊