When it comes to building an off-grid home, utilizing local resources is cost-effective, and better for the environment. It also comes with building new relationships. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the ways you can find and utilize local resources when building your off-grid home.
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First, research the materials and products that are commonly used in your area. For example, if you live in a region that has a lot of timber, you may be able to find local lumber mills or sawmills that can provide you with high-quality, sustainably-sourced wood. Similarly, if you live in a desert area, you may be able to find local suppliers of adobe bricks, a traditional building material made from mud and straw.
One of our local saw mills has a great option and sell huge bundles of lumber (different sizes and different wood) for only $20! We have a flat bed trailer so we normally get 2 bundles at a time for only $40 and a full trailer load of lumber.
We met a few local people that mill and sell lumber slightly cheaper than Home Depot. If you plan ahead you can save money by placing an order with them. We bough saw dust from someone local as well for our compost toilet. Check online on Facebook marketplace, craigslist, or any other online marketing apps to connect with local people.
Other Off Gridders/Homesteaders
Another way to find local resources is to network with other off-grid builders and homesteaders in your area. They may be able to provide valuable information about local suppliers, as well as tips and tricks for building with local materials. Sometimes they might have some materials they are willing to share or sell at a low cost. Our neighbors were the biggest assets for our start on off grid living.
Overall, building an off-grid home is a challenging but rewarding process. If you’re planning an off-grid home, be sure to research and consider the local resources that are available to you.