Live Off The Grid In This $2,000 Cabin

Published on May 14th, 2014 | by

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Want to get love off the grid, but don’t have much of a budget to work with? For $2,000, one man built himself a tiny off-grid cabin, and his inspiring story shows just what’s possible on an extremely tight budget. If you can make due with 400 square-feet of living space, this cheap, tiny cabin could save a whole lotta deniro.

This impressive tiny structure was built by LaMar Alexander, a tiny house and off-the-grid living enthusiast who runs his own blog and contest (more on that later). By being smart about his power usage, LaMar is able to get by with just a 580 watt solar array, and a 400 watt wind generator to power his 400 square-foot lofted cabin.

Measuring 14 ft. x 14 ft., LaMar also added in a gray water recycling system and rainwater cache, making this cabin completely and totally off-the-grid, but that doesn’t mean its uncivilized. A propane water heater gives warmth to the shower, and a compostable toilet means no running to the outhouse in the middle of the night. The man even dug his own well!

This really gets at the heart of off-the-grid, tiny-house living; low budget, bare bones, but far from uncomfortable. Think you’ve got the chops to design a better tiny house? LaMar is holding a contest calling for a variety of tiny house plans, and the grand prize is $500 cash and a wealth of tiny house building information written by LaMar himself.

Think you’ve got the chops to design the ultimate tiny home? The contest runs through the end of June, so what are you waiting for?

Source | Images: Simple Solar Homestead
 

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