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Originally posted by Melissa101
Ok so I am certain that the end of 2009 going into 2010 we will need to duck. I feel like we have about six months to get ready. I will not go into detail as to why I think this because it is not the point of the thread.
I have been trying to prepare mentally, physically, spiritually and practically for about a year now. This is the idea I have come up with and I would like some advice about how to carry this idea out.
I am going to buy an Amish built storage building that will be 24 X 38. If you have seen these things they have siding, windows, shingle roofing, electric outlets and are built very well. We are do-it- yourself people and have some supplies left over from building our house. So I have drew a floor plan that has a kitchen/living room/ dinning room all open with two bedrooms to the right and with a loft above for storage or extra sleeping space. I also drew in a 5'X22' storage room to the left of the open room; the bathroom will be to right in between the kitchen and bedroom. Once we have the shed delivered we will go in and build walls and finish it out. It will be a rustic finish but will have the basics. I am going to put it on our family farm in the woods not far from the main house my mom lives in. There are fruit and nut trees, a grape orchard, plenty of garden space, a barn, an old chicken coop, an old saw mill that ain’t working, a wood shed, a tool shed full of old tools and a well house that is not working but could work if a pump was put in (but would be expensive). There is wild life and water (streams, ponds, even a river about a mile away for fishing). The thing I am worried about is electricity and plumbing. Should I put in an outhouse? How can we get water and electricity without having to get a permit and announce to the world we are there. I do not want to be on record anywhere as having this place. Should I go completely rustic and prepare to be without electric and water in the event it goes out anyway or should I prepare to go both ways so we have options, comfort but survival if needed? I will stock the storage room and cupboards with supplies and have survival stuff too like traps, guns, ammo, and bleach. We will also build a large container garden and I have seeds that we saved from this year’s garden. I thought since we won’t have gas for the mower, tiller or tractor we can keep a container garden easier. I also am going to put out big plastic barrels to catch rain water and have a couple of metal barrels to burn garbage in. Oh that reminds me we are going to put in a wood burning fireplace. There is much more too it but to save space I think yall get the idea. What do yall think?
1. Does this sound like a good idea? It doesn’t matter if you think so or not I am doing it anyway, but I would like yall’s opinion.
2. Should I go total rustic or prepare to live total rustic just in case if we have too?
3. I cannot tie into my moms electric because she only has a fuse box and could not sustain the power we will need. Know how to rig it any other way without a permit? Or how can I go solar? This is the best option IMO but I don't know how. I can tie into her water lines and make a septic tank by running a line under ground to a couple of large plastic containers.
4. We only have about $2000.00 to put into it after having the building built and we use up the materials we already have.