They've Lived for 14 Years in a Self-Built Off-Grid Cabin

by Simplify

Stephanie and Joel are an inspiring couple who live off the grid in a self-built cabin and produce the majority of their own food throughout the year. After obtaining a couple of acres on a shared plot of land, they decided to build an off-grid cabin with minimal creature comforts, eking out an incredibly basic lifestyle that has slowly evolved over the past fourteen years.

Growing vegetables on a farm

According to Joel, off-grid living as a couple is most successful when you and your partner are able to communicate well. And their communication skills came in handy as they began building their off-grid cabin, specifically the outhouse structure that was built first.

Continuing to use such basic tools, they then went on to build the post and beam main structure of the house which cost a total of five thousand dollars and included many salvaged materials.

Grabbing materials from the dump and an old barn on the property that they took apart piece by piece, Stephanie and Joel made their house a home with virtually no money to their names. As Joel says, they simply buttoned their off-grid cabin up little by little as they could afford to, which is why it has changed so much throughout the years.

Beginning with nothing but candlelight, Stephanie and Joel’s off-grid cabin is now fitted with solar panels and lithium batteries. And in the winter months, they use a generator to help them get by.

Off-grid cabin

But what does their off-grid cabin look like exactly? It’s actually pretty cute. From the wood paneling to the glass bottle accent wall, and the rustic decor to the retro lighting features, Stephanie and Joel have a trendy off-grid cabin they call home. And by farming, raising chickens, and keeping bees, they also stay well-fed all year long.

For more off-grid stories, take a tour of this DIY off-grid floating home or this off-grid tiny house by the sea.

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  • Ramona Ramona on Nov 28, 2022

    That’s nice. Nearly impossible in California. So many regulations and permits.