Lessons learned starting “Off-Grid living “

Heat is very important!

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 generator worked wonderfully powering both of them.

Loving the heat
Firman generator
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However the weather in the mountains of Oregon can change quickly.

Beautiful but cold

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.

Cozy dog

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.

Snow covered road

I dislike leaving our future cozy cabin.  But extreme cold is no fun and not cozy.  So we secured our cabin and property and headed back to San Diego.
Fencing and rocks to help deter any intruders.  We plan on installing a proper gate.  But for now this will do along with the watchful eyes from our neighbors.

Thoughts about going “Off-Grid”

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.

Camping indoors.

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.

Future kitchen space

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.