Lucy Wang

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

by , 02/10/14



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Alexander’s two-floor cabin measures 14×14 with space for a full loft, kitchen, bathroom, dining, living and office space. The space-efficient home can even sleep up to six people comfortably. In addition to an off-grid power system, the cabin includes a rainwater and gray water harvesting system, with his main water supply sourced from a hand-drilled water well. His bathroom consists of a solar composting toilet and propane-powered shower; propane is also used for the heater.

Interested in building your own cozy off-grid cabin? Alexander has authored a number of e-books with step-by-step instructions on how to build a simple cabin and other self-sufficient systems, including solar air heaters, solar water heaters, and a solarium porch. Without a mortgage to worry about, Alexander has gained the freedom to work part time and enjoy fishing and hunting year-round in the Utah landscape.

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4 Comments

  1. mare July 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Lamar Would you be willing to build me one just like yours?
    Mare(crossing fingers)

  2. Robin Thompson May 7, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I want to try it.

  3. Manuel Barbosa February 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Adorei a casa queria saber mais detalhes talvez uma parceria aqui no rio de janeiro… pode me contactar obrigado.
    Vcs vendem …!!!???queria comprar um kit de energia solar para a minha casa (uma familia)ou seja 2 quartos sala e cozinha ,banheiro, no rio de janeiro , brasil… podem enviar,…!!!???

  4. LaMar LaMar February 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Hi folks, some people have asked about that $2000 figure so please be aware this cabin was built several years ago and prices on some materials like T1-11 have went way up. You can use other materials like composite sheathing which is less expensive. The $2000 cost does NOT include windows or doors which were recycled and does not include the porch, solar system, or any interior furnishings. That $2000 was for the insulated, dry-walled and roofed shell. This cabin is designed for off-grid living in rural areas with no building codes and is a freestanding dry cabin.

    Material List: http://www.simplesolarhomesteading.com/14x14cabinmateriallis.htm

    Thanks- LaMar

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