What are we thinking? Are we going to regret this? Yes, we are leaving our 3000 sq. ft. home to live in a 200 sq. ft off-the-grid bell tent. This is not an ideal situation, but we will make the most of it, and I am actually starting to look forward to it (I may have a different opinion come the Fall).
No, we have not sold our house, but the people moving into our home sold their home, which sold faster than anticipated. I knew I wanted to be close to the new build in Revelstoke as soon as they started building, and this just gave us a push to figure something out.
Is this the first time hearing that Britt is moving? Check out why her family is making the move West HERE.
There will be a new family moving into our home in July; we will be sharing our home over the summer. My family will primarily be living in the off-the-grid bell tent in Revelstoke, but we will periodically come back to clean up and enjoy some modern conveniences like a flushing toilet, haha.
Why a Tent?
So why don’t we find a place to rent in Revelstoke? Well, the Revelstoke market is a wee bit insane right now … everything is taken quickly and is expensive. Plus, if we live right on our land where the house is being built, then it will be easier for me to work on house projects while the boys can play outside … or pick up roots and rocks, hehe
Why don’t we buy an RV or motorhome? Honestly, I think it would be more work? Remember, my hubby works away A LOT, so it’s not like I can just take the RV and refill water or empty the septic tank. Plus, I really don’t like them. And right now, they are costly and hard to find, and after this summer, I would never want to stay in one again. Whereas, the off-the-grid bell tent we may set up for people to come and stay in eventually!
Also, I tell people I am not above going to stay in a hotel for a few nights if we need a break. And we plan on probably going back to our house a couple of times during the summer to reset and grab a few more things.
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What about the critters?
What is happening with Annie, our dog, the cats and the KITTENS! They are coming along too! I want Annie there for protection. She is a fantastic guard dog for wildlife. As far as the cats go, my husband actually said there is no way I could not bring them. A lot of people are often too afraid to let their cats out. But trust me … most cats do not want to leave the house!
So what's the plan?
We have a generator that we will be using for power when I need it. No, I don’t want to invest in solar panels. I’m not going to start on all of the reasons why I don’t agree with solar panels;)
Water?? We just discovered a creek above our property, so I think this will be our primary source until our well for our home is drilled.
Britt's off-the-grid essentials
Le Toliet – the question I have been getting asked the most! First, having 3 boys definitely makes things easier as they are used to peeing in the yard. I am not above squatting when needed, haha
Beside our land is the Nordic Centre and they have a nice, clean outhouse that we may use on occasion. Otherwise, we will probably bring in a porta-potty. We don’t want to build an outhouse because we don’t want to have that on our property after we are done building.
Heat – I have ordered a stove that will go inside the tent. The stove is excellent because you can cook on top of it, but it also has a built-in container on the side that will boil water. Revelstoke is much warmer than where our current house is. I would never consider living in a tent in Alberta. I am hopeful by the end of September that the shell of our shop is up so that we can possibly move the tent under the shop structure. If it’s not then, we may end up living in a hotel for a month or so or finding an Air B n B.
Lattes – to be honest, this is what I am most concerned about, haha I don’t drink alcohol, smoke or anything like that, BUT I do LOVE my coffee. Deb and I purchased these French perk-style latte makers and hoping this will do the trick, or else I will be taking my big Saeco machine and plugging it into the generator!
What about wildlife and food?
Wild Life! We are decently secluded. We will take our enclosed snowmobile trailer and store food and our clothes in without having to worry about animals getting into it.
Keeping food cold? We will probably dig a cooler into a stream. We are living at the bottom of the mountain, so there are a few little streams that we should be able to utilize. Also, we will buy a lot of fresh produce. The boys and I are not big eaters and often live off of crackers and fruit and veggies, haha.
Well, that’s our plan for now! I’m sure there will be moments that I completely regret this, but I am hopeful that this will be an experience we look back on with fond memories!
Tell me … do you think I'm crazy for wanting to live off-the-grid with the boys? Or do you think it sounds like a fun adventure you would love to try?