Monday, April 28, 2008

Dreaming Big

It's finally hit home with both my husband and me. If we get out debt paid off by the end of the summer and if we knock down our mortgage in the next year and a half we can build a house. We can not just build a house but we can build an off-the-grid house.

I've been wanting to do this for awhile but two things made me think it wouldn't happen. One, the power and heating systems I've looked at would cost quite a bit up front and we just didn't have that kind of money. Two, I thought Shannon had no interest in it.

One problems was solved with Shannon's new job. The other was solved last night when we were watching a show featuring green houses. Shannon and I were talking about what we'd like to do if we built. Geothermal heating, constructed wetlands instead of septic...And then I said, "Living off the grid would probably be asking too much of us."

Shannon shrugged and said, "Why? I think we could do it."

So now, off the grid is our goal. We have two years to research and plan. If anyone has any resource they want to share I'd be grateful!


molytail said...

I don't know much of anything about 'off the grid', but I think it's awesome that you guys will be able to build a home and have it be the way you want! :-)

Noodle said...

Excellent! What a great goal!

That Company will be relocating us next year. I doubt we'll be able to go completely off the grid, but we've been discussing must-haves and wants.