Why I am even addressing different types of shelters is because when starting out a homestead it depends a lot on what your willing to spend money on and how much. So say you are building a home, you can choose to 'camp out' while you build for the experience and to save money. Here are a list of different ideas of things you can use as shelters from one extreme to another.
When you're out in the forest for emergency or survival needs or just for fun to say you have tried it, here are some creative ways to build a shelter for yourself while out in the wilderness.
Tent and trailer Shelters
So if you decide to camp out while establishing a homestead there are many options out there for you. A regular camping tent, a group of tents, a car port you can convert into a wall tent, a half cabin half tent structure, sheepherder and/or wall tents, A wagon, a pop out tent trailer, a travel trailer or a fifth wheel.
There are many good prices out there too on sites that have previously owned trailers. There are also travel trailers that are all set up with solar panels so you don't need electrical hook ups to run them.
We also found that a carport is a lot cheaper than a wall tent and if you go here you can see how you can install a DIY stove jack into your tent safely. Get creative and find Joy in your Journey.
What is a yurt? A yurt is a collapsible structure made of felt, animal skins, canvas or wood. There are many ways to do a yurt that can fit your needs. Here, here and here are some popular sites to find yurts. There is a list of Pro's and Cons of Yurt living here as well.
Build a Cabin or a Small Home
There are so many ideas out there for micro houses or small spaces under 1000 sq feet that you can build with a tight budget from start to finish.
This is an option that we will be taking. We will camp out while we build a home under a 1000 sq feet that will fit a family of 6 in it that I am designing and then live in it without electricity or plumbing while we build our business up. There will be a septic tank and just have gravity fed toilets and drains from our sinks to the septic system. We will be able to go through this legally and with the right permits from start to finish for under $20,000 or at least that is the goal. Stay tuned for more posts about this.
This could end up being a cabin on your homestead, a guest house for those who come visit you or as an investment for a business you have or are just starting up.
This is a great link for learning how to build your own log home that a reader left in the comments. Good info!
Multi Purpose homes
We looked into this option for a while and really liked the idea of it. We would like to build a barn and have living quarters above it for a family, a ranch hand or for guests. You could also do this above a shop or garage as well. Here, here, here and here are links to different companies that create living spaces either from a barn/garage, or above one. Have fun exploring those options.
Build Your Dream Home
To follow your dreams is beautiful especially if you have the means to do so. I love designing my dream home on graph paper and say someday. Well maybe that someday is today for you. If that is the case, best of luck to you in building and creating it. If your still in dream stage you can check out plans at house plans and create a start at your dreams.
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