Building a Homestead From the Ground Up



The key to building a successful homestead is developing the courage and knowledge in doing most things yourself. With the proper planning and hard work you can discover the best ways to become self-sustaining.

Home economics. Start by looking at each of your expenses and find a way to remove them completely. Some are easier than others. I started with brewing coffee instead of driving to the coffee shop each morning. Every step towards efficiency brings you one step closer to that dream of self-sufficiency.

Land and property. One efficient way to create a homestead is to locate it near a forest and learn how to use the wood resourcefully and sustainably. Country living requires a little courage and some hard work but is generally less expensive than living in the city. Don’t be scared of homesteading. Your family will fall in love with country living and the wild animals will begin to acquire names. Everything falls into place after you educate yourself and attain experience. You naturally become more aware of your accomplishments after you see your projects actually working. It is amazing how much hard work is required to produce your first basket of eggs.

Homestead location requires the most planning because it should fit the lifestyle you want to live someday into retirement. While basic survival is a priority, water and sewer should be at the top of your list of considerations when designing a home in the country. A property with a woods is a great option because trees can be used to build your house and heat it for free. We use a method called “coppicing” to cut trees without killing them and they continue growing beautifully.

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