Our Decision to go Off The Grid

This is where it all began-our journey into off grid living. Joe and I sat in a Hill Country brewery and he convinced me of the many reasons why we should go completely “off the grid”. We drew our off grid cottage plans on a bar napkin! Lol! We both signed and dated it, agreeing on the primary layout, and I photographed it as we drank a toast to our decision.

Our first drawing of our “off grid” home

Our first drawing of our “off grid” home

It doesn’t look like much to you, I know, but for us it solidified a few important aspect of our solar home as well as our comitment to the project. I wanted something with lots of natural lighting and two sets of double doors (one set off the living room, another off the bedroom) opening onto a large porch. Joe was concerned about square footage, roadways and solar panel placement. Of course there were many edits, details and computer drawings to come.

This was just the beginning to the many considerations when living off the grid, such as: what direction to orient the solar panels, where to place the battery storage, where to place the rainwater tank, how to plumb for grey water, where to place the propane tank, how could we best utilize the prevailing winds, what types of appliances would work best, what things could we live without, what things were we not willing to give up, how much of it would we do ourselves?, how much electricity will we need to generate? All these decisions and more took time, research, and serious lifestyle considerations.

Its been a fun and rewarding journey! We’ve learned LOTS along the way. If you’d like to know more about how you can build off the grid, see our YouTube Channel by clicking HERE!

Our Texas Hill country off grid solar home

Our Texas Hill country off grid solar home