This man built a beautiful off-grid cabin with the help of friends for $65,000 CAD including the cost of the land. There was no road access to his lot so he had to bring in all of the building materials using a 4-wheeler with a small trailer, and then load them on a material elevator to bring them up a cliff to where he wanted to build his home.
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The cabin can collect and store 3,000 litres of rainwater from the roof. One of the water tanks is inside the house to prevent the water from freezing during the winter, and the other two are in a shed that is attached to the cabin so that warm air can be circulated with fans to prevent the other two tanks from freezing as well.
For heat, he has a wood stove, and he brings the firewood up to the cabin using the material elevator.For power, he has a solar power system and a backup generator for cloudy days.This micro cabin has two lofts, one is a living room, and one is the bedroom.
On the main floor is a kitchen with propane 2-burner cooktop and 110 volt fridge, a bathroom with a sink and a bath (but no toilet because he prefers to have the toilet outside), and a spacious living area with the wood stove and dining table.He lives in the tiny house with his girlfriend and enjoys the simple lifestyle and the challenge of living sustainably.