Off Grid Homesteading.....everything you need to know

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7 aylar önce

People have TONS of questions about off grid homesteading. Questions about wells, outhouses, cabin builds, Tiny Houses etc etc . In this video we're going to take a look at the most common questions about this popular subject of off grid living.
If you want to see the full length version of all these projects the links are below.
cabin build part one......
cabin build part two.......
Brooke's cabin video......
Well video............................
outhouse video...................

Capah City
Capah City 7 aylar önce
Dave, This was the best writing you've done. So authentic and hits home with what the average human feels is missing in the modern life. All of the video you put behind it adds legitimacy to your words. True American Icon.
Curtis Moe
Curtis Moe 4 aylar önce
Amen Capah
Substance D
Substance D 6 aylar önce
@Chris MacEnany Documentaries on Dick Proenneke are Alone in the Wilderness, Alone in the Wilderness Part 2, and The Frozen North.
LukeO 6 aylar önce
I agree Capah City.
Beringin Tiga Bali
Beringin Tiga Bali 6 aylar önce
That's right mate
Scott Powers
Scott Powers 5 aylar önce
Man this guy has it figured out. This is one of the most inspiring videos i've watched in a long long time.
Andrew Gutierrez
Andrew Gutierrez 6 aylar önce
As a young person (22), you have absolutely spoken to the dread & anxiety we have. I'll be visiting my dad soon, to help him finish a house he's working on, & I plan on learning as much about carpentry as I can when I do. And, as someone from Texas, we do worry about snakes. Scorpions, too. At least we don't have to deal with grizzly bears!
Billy Brumley
Billy Brumley 2 aylar önce
@LizHoneylove you leann
Billy Brumley
Billy Brumley 2 aylar önce
Cody I think you should have done ben here too see me i love you buddy I can't wait to see you I love you and your sister
mynamesjudge 3 aylar önce
@LizHoney People did it for thousands of years and continue to do it to this day.
LizHoney 4 aylar önce
@Cesar the 100° heat would be tough in the woods in an unconditioned cabin.
Cesar 4 aylar önce
It’s possible to live this way in Texas. You just need to be hyper-thorough with sealing and insulating your house from the environment. You’d probably want to use plywood to cover the bottom of the overhanging roof sections. This prevents wasps and other insects from easily nesting. I noticed bushradical left the porch part of his roof exposed from below, which is okay for a more northern alpine environment. That’s only one extra caution among many though.
Debbie Sramek
Debbie Sramek 6 aylar önce
This may be my most favorite TRpost video ever! I lived in Alaska for 30 years. I’m retired, back home in TN on our 70 acre farm. So many of us just want a simpler, peaceful life. You captured that perfectly in this video! You and Brooke are both amazing people!!
Insomniatic 0206
Insomniatic 0206 6 aylar önce
morrisonscott429 6 aylar önce
Hello 👋 dear, how are you doing?
Sharon Katope
Sharon Katope 6 aylar önce
I recall my first 'building' - a group of us kids found some scrap lumber, plywood and tarp. We built a club house that was put together with no plans, an old hammer and nails and a vague idea. This video brings back memories of doing things without fear of mistakes or what somebody else thought. I don't recall any of us wondering if we could do it. Our parents did not stop us. We enjoyed our little club for that summer. What I learned that summer has never left me.
Tailgate Carpenter
Tailgate Carpenter 3 aylar önce
Yep, ours we called forts. One was literally used in a battle for two days. We lost but it was a lot of fun regardless. Some we built underground (really poor planning) and several could have withstood a 7.0 earthquake. We used "California Corner" framing and 16" on center wall and roof spacing for the studs. All of the material was sourced over time and dragged back to a storage area in one of our homes side yards. When we decided to start something new the material drove the mental blueprint in our young minds.
Marty Fest
Marty Fest 5 aylar önce
Me and my friends built a bunch of clubhouses when we were young out of old scrap in the neighborhood or woods, we called them shacks though lol
Walter's Playground
Walter's Playground 5 aylar önce
We did the same things back in the 90's, however, I doubt anyone would want to LIVE inside our little 'buildings', myself included 😂
Tina Henschen
Tina Henschen 7 aylar önce
You and Brooke have given me the courage to try my hand at a simpler life... a small cabin I build myself, and simple solar panels I wire myself. A wood stove and a composting toilet (sorry, no outhouse for me ;) and a hand driven well. I'm 60 years old, but what I've learned from you two, I think (maybe with a little help) I can do it. I'm certainly going to try. So thank you for that.
Anon Doe
Anon Doe 5 aylar önce
@Shelly Omeara youtubers like Bushradical offer more than I could ever hope to teach anyone
Anon Doe
Anon Doe 5 aylar önce
@91frankthetank im in the southwest and will be traveling in the Rockies this year
Shelly Omeara
Shelly Omeara 5 aylar önce
@Anon Doe I live in CT would like to make a small cabin for me and my husband who isn't mechanical. Any advice. Maybe I can take a Course
Pam Flowers
Pam Flowers 6 aylar önce
Like Brooke, I had no opportunity to learn how to build, so I just started and learned as I went. First built a 12x16 cabin and then a 20 x 40 house. I learned that carpentry is nothing more than applied logic. If you make a mistake, tear it apart, do it again. It's rewarding, much cheaper than hiring someone, and no one will be as careful or accurate as you when it's for you. An unexpected bonus, you get stronger as you build. I am five feet tall, 105 pounds. Never let anyone tell you that you can't.
L M 6 aylar önce
This is an inspiring and very informative video. Dave's honest words bring you back to a philosophy and style of living that most of us in the United States have long forgotten and in some areas even shun today. I believe society would be so much better off if we could return to many of those priorities and values. Teach kids the meaning of "measure twice, cut once" , how to add a half plus three-eighths, how to make drinkable water come up from the ground! Dave, could teach a group, hands-on workshop for almost any age and I'll bet it would have a waiting list. :)
Sophie Quilley
Sophie Quilley 6 aylar önce
love this! Currently transitioning to off grid. Started reno-ing a 31 year old trailer on some land just outside of town. It truly is an amazing and fulfilling experience
Eddie D
Eddie D 20 gün önce
@ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE GUY I’m looking to do the same thing. Looking in north western ME this summer. How’s it going?
I'm buying a piece of land inside and is connected to over 7,000 miles of ATV trails and snowmobile trails here in northern Maine I am very much looking forward to getting started on that
Congratulations to you and good luck with all that it's just one movement at a time before you know it it's completed
Florida girlXOXO
Florida girlXOXO 6 aylar önce
Just outside of town?
S. Bradley
S. Bradley 6 aylar önce
Thank you, Dave, for this channel. You have a gift in being inspiring while providing tranquility. The best 38 minutes of my week. I appreciate you both so much. Thank you.
Piano at Thirty
Piano at Thirty 7 aylar önce
One last thing, this is such a beautiful, natural reaction to the looming “You’ll Own Nothing And Be Happy”. Thank you Dave, seriously.
Bushcraft RU
Bushcraft RU 5 aylar önce
Winter forest - booming, like shots, croaking crows, snow from a spruce branch that fell by the collar, tracks in which the bottom is not visible, steam from wet mittens and parallel, now and then intersecting curves of ski tracks; spring forest - the smell of black, still frozen earth, flowing in all directions, choking with melt water, a stream, a thin white strip of skin blue from the cold between a sweater and jeans, and on it large pimples that can only be melted with lips; summer forest - hot drops of golden resin on copper bark, hair smelling of barbecue smoke, a white, daisy-covered sundress stained with dry red wine and a tickling pine needle that you can’t get at all if you don’t unbutton two thousand small, like ladybugs, buttons , rapidly spreading under the fingers along the back and chest.
Josh Gower
Josh Gower 6 aylar önce
@Bushradical very few people have a natural talent of doing voice over work. I hold Mike Rowe in high regards for that, but I honestly enjoy your way of approaching words and sentences more than his. I can tell a lot of care goes into editing your videos. Keep up the awesome work, I enjoy every video I have seen from you so far.
CWTullos 7 aylar önce
Both channels are fantastic, I love and appreciate the wisdom. Thanks to you and Brooke!
Bushradical 7 aylar önce
I'm glad you enjoyed it
RuthieWrangler 6 aylar önce
Thanks Dave. This brought back awesome childhood memories of our family building a log cabin in the woods in Northern Minnesota. We found a spring that we sunk a barrel into. Every time we visited the cabin, going to that spring and hauling water was the highlight of the summer. And yes, we had an outhouse. Thanks again, love this video.
Rachel Olivas
Rachel Olivas 6 aylar önce
Honestly Dave i could listen to you talk for hours, everything you talked about in this video makes so much sense and really I've been saying these things to my own kids for years, also i enjoyed watching Brook build her little cabin it turned out amazing
Novice Farmer
Novice Farmer 6 aylar önce
Very glad I found your channel this evening. I’ve spent the last few hours watching a lot of your content and not only am I heavily inspired by what you do, I also find myself agreeing with you a lot on your opinions on life. I look forward to watching more of your content in the future!
Bushcraft RU
Bushcraft RU 5 aylar önce
Winter forest - booming, like shots, croaking crows, snow from a spruce branch that fell by the collar, tracks in which the bottom is not visible, steam from wet mittens and parallel, now and then intersecting curves of ski tracks; spring forest - the smell of black, still frozen earth, flowing in all directions, choking with melt water, a stream, a thin white strip of skin blue from the cold between a sweater and jeans, and on it large pimples that can only be melted with lips; summer forest - hot drops of golden resin on copper bark, hair smelling of barbecue smoke, a white, daisy-covered sundress stained with dry red wine and a tickling pine needle that you can’t get at all if you don’t unbutton two thousand small, like ladybugs, buttons , rapidly spreading under the fingers along the back and chest.
Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown 6 aylar önce
I’m so thankful that you produce these videos. Watching your videos with my ten year old daughter is such a rewarding and eye-opening teaching tool for her. Thank you, Dave.
Caesar's Peak
Caesar's Peak 7 aylar önce
Dave I've been watching your videos for years and my wife, son and myself decided to go for it. We ran our own business and owned our own house and sold it all. We bought 47 acre's of raw land and have been off-grid for just over a year. It's been the happiest time of our lives. The time I have with my wife and son are the best memories I could have ever asked for. I have a small you tube channel and it's more of a scrap book for us to be able to look back on. Thanks for all of the inspiration from your videos.
Noah Riding
Noah Riding 5 aylar önce
The information in this video is amazing! I'm curious how you conceal food and stored food smells in the cabin without attracting animals, and how you know if you'd done enough to conceal those smells? Would the well be better or more effective if the drive point pipe had a higher diameter/width of the pipe? It would seem like the farther out you are also means you have to store more food, since going to town is an ordeal.
MapleMarmite 6 aylar önce
Thanks for putting this together, Dave. It all makes sense. To me, anyway. You’ve pretty much summarized every sentiment in your channels into this one video. I’ve saved it as a ‘Favourite’ to replay during times of self-doubt or procrastination for doing things the simple way. It seems everything is set to take away any kind of self reliance a person could have. As you say, vehicles are going to be way out of the realm of the home mechanic soon. Most already are. That’s why I try to keep my old school ones going for as long as I can. Still got the old Escort wagon, Dave? I was reminded of it when I collided with a big deer this week, unfortunately. 👍🏻
Chris M
Chris M 4 aylar önce
I just found this channel and love it. Dave, the simple, rustic living you talked about in the video is really inspiring, and I think you're right. A lot of people in this country crave this type of lifestyle. Well done sir!
Sandra Judge
Sandra Judge 6 aylar önce
Thank you so much for your videos and Brooke too! I grew up spending summers at my grandmother’s off grid farm and I hope not share with my kids the knowledge of living like this. I will be building an off grid camp site and your videos are so helpful
greatmoose17 7 aylar önce
To all the young adults out there who watched this video, I know you listen to Dave’s advice. He’s years ahead of his time, and so aware of these times. To Dave, great video and channel, all the best to you and yours!
Scott Sasanecki
Scott Sasanecki 6 aylar önce
Absolutely love watching your videos. You strike a chord with many people I'm sure with your humbleness and authenticity regarding what it actually means to live. I think I shed a tear dreaming about this kind of freedom watching your video building the small cabin. Thanks for all you do and the inspiration you give others.
Eileen Stoecklin
Eileen Stoecklin 6 aylar önce
Hello Dave, I love your videos! I've watched them several times. My husband and I are semi-homesteaders. We purchased a house from the Genesee county Michigan landbank. It was a boarded up, vandalized mess. Striped of everything including furnace, pipes, electrical wires and all window were broken. But over a 4 year period we completed remodeled the whole house. Heated it with a wood stove until we got a furnace and peed in a bucket until the plumbing was hooked up. We paid the land contract off in a year and all material for the work we did is paid for by paying as we go. We grow a lot of our food, freeze it for the winter, and also have an outside wood stove for enjoying in the winter. Because we live with so little debt we only have to work semi part-time. I love how you mentioned your wife in a video explaining how she built her Aframe all alone so anyone can do it. I can attest to that. I hope others reading this will gain some confidence. As a woman I self taught myself how to do wiring and completely wired 3 houses and passed all the state and city inspections. And one of them was replacing knob and tube to updated wiring. I install trim, paint, windows, sand drywall and much more. I have every saw a woman could need, LOL. Here's my favorite quote that I live by Whether you think you can do something or not, you're right. Henry Ford. Keep the videos coming, I'm watching for them daily.
Karen Hicks
Karen Hicks Aylar önce
Dear Dave and Brooke how inspiring your videos are and knowing the love of a cabin in the upper peninsula for we have one on the big lake there also the property has been in our family since the 1800s my great-grandmother put a log cabin on what piece of property we have left and it is right on the lake my mother inherited it and my stepfather takes over he takes control of what goes on up there it's like don't do this and don't do that don't touch this don't fix that don't fix this he wants it all his way well it is our inheritance my mother told me I can go when I want do what I want and take what I want it's our inheritance not his and always getting mad at improvements I want to make to our cabin it is sinking into the ground it needs help but we still stay there and try to do our best to not just put lipstick on a pig it is just a big shame that he has to be the one that says what goes on there anymore and with my mother getting dementia he calls the shots on everything at one time I wanted to put some two-by-fours up in the arch of the outer porch he said no and got mad well boards fell out and we get a lot of snow on our porch in the spring all melting and rotting the wood the walls that divide the middle of the cabin are falling and you can see the light on in the other room because it's sinking into the ground it needs to be jacked up and supported some cinder blocks holding it up are sinking into the Wetland and making the floor Falling also it's still pretty sturdy I don't think the middle of it's going to go anywhere because there's one big log holding the whole middle of the floor up I told them when that porch Falls in you'll have to tear it off before you can even get into the cabin we have to do something to it before it happens and I also heard when she inherited it there was a cabin fund a fund to fix it well where is the fund at and it's not being said to where the fund is at so I have to haul up supplies and get er done and I will do it and I don't care what anybody says there's a lot of history there of my family and that's the only place I go on vacation I don't want to go anywhere else it truly is my heart
Peter Haug
Peter Haug 6 aylar önce
I want to say I very much appreciate your time in making these videos and your experience and perspective. I couldn’t agree with you more. I have my land and I’ve started a small poll barn living space. I have my own challenges that I must figure out but I know someday soon I will be able to live on my own property in a place that I built and raise my kids. You have inspired me so much, so I thank you. God bless you and your family.
jacquelyn hill
jacquelyn hill 5 aylar önce
Someone I loved and respected once told me: “The simple life is the easy (best) life.” I wish I could go back in time and tell them how right they were! Great video/great philosophy. Thanks to you and Brooke. You’ve cleared a path.
JUDY WAIKIKI 6 aylar önce
I just love the way you n Brooke make everything work for the both of you. Your way of thinking is how I believe most men should think. My husband pretty much thought the same way simple applications always work the best and old school is actually how the new school should be with a few modern tweaks. Always love you n Brooks channels when I want to learn things. Aloha my friends🌺
Sandra Thomson
Sandra Thomson 6 aylar önce
Hiya Dave 👋. Thanks for another great video. I really enjoy living the simple life. Watching you and Brooke sharing your experience with building and just life has been rewarding. I've learned a lot from both of y'all and many others. Keep up the great work. Hoping to see more videos from y'all. Stay safe and warm. God Bless y'all 🙏✌❤😊
Chrissy Taylor
Chrissy Taylor 6 aylar önce
I can’t tell you enough Dave how much I love to watch your videos along with your wife’s. You guys give me so much hope for a better life for our family. This video hit so close to home. My husband just graduated with about $300k in med school debt. Now we’re in a situation where we can’t even afford rent as a doctor and lenders won’t give us a mortgage so we can get a cheap starter home. We have to wait two years to qualify. Sooooo we’re trying to figure out what to do. We LOVE country living. Both grew up that way and not afraid to get our hands dirty to make things work. Now that hard part is finding land to buy. Thank you so much for all you guys do and for the encouragement you give to the world. God bless you both. ❤️
Bushradical 6 aylar önce
I wish you both the best of luck. $300k is a lot of debt, but being a doctor is a noble calling. I hope you find a cheap living situation that fits you well.
SPD Salem
SPD Salem 7 aylar önce
Your videos have changed my view of what’s possible for me, a single woman in her 40’s. I recently found an abandoned property with no livable buildings. I never would have considered it before. But now I’ve gone for it and im so excited to start this next adventure. I can’t thank you enough. Just wanted you to know your message is being heard. 👍🏻👍🏻
Denver DuBois
Denver DuBois 6 aylar önce
Yes, please document! Even if just simple photos and video snippets, would love to see how you go about stuff and how it turns out--if you feel like sharing. Good luck and have fun!
Vitamin QUI
Vitamin QUI 6 aylar önce
Oooo I hope you document!
lieuwina lee
lieuwina lee 6 aylar önce
I wish you the very best in your next adventure and build SPD Salem.
Kara 5 aylar önce
Love you and your wife! My husband and I are buying 5 acres in Missouri. Initially to use recreationally but you’ve inspired us to aim to homestead again. Thank you for your videos!
Hristo Naydenov
Hristo Naydenov 6 aylar önce
This channel is massively underrated. So happy to have found it. I'm planning on building a cabin on some land near the sea, and I'll surely be using some of the knowledge you're sharing with us here.
Pointyteeth Paints
Pointyteeth Paints 6 aylar önce
Dave, watching your channel has reignited something in me. Thanks so much for everything you do. Would love a video update from you or Brooke to see what you've been up to!
aminutetomidnite 5 aylar önce
Love this channel. I've been on the journey of building a small off grid cabin in a fairly remote place in New Zealand in the past few months. I've had the help of a couple of people with more building knowledge than I have. Have made some good progress, and I love it. But this channel has also been a great inspiration.
Cephas McPher67
Cephas McPher67 7 aylar önce
Great video Dave. I also think that the " American Dream" is taking a shift to a simpler way of life. I think people are just getting too overwhelmed with being constantly bombarded with information and technology and I feel we all just need to step back and rethink about what's important . God bless and keep up the great work, tell Brooke hi!
Imagine Whirled Peas
Imagine Whirled Peas 7 aylar önce
@Gotdangedcommies Itellyahwat it's just become a way to get people to spend money and stay busy ..time is what's most valuable to me,and people,experiences..not possessions or money.
Gotdangedcommies Itellyahwat
Gotdangedcommies Itellyahwat 7 aylar önce
Agreed. You don't need to "keep up with the Jones'". In fact, we don't NEED most of the things we've become accustomed to having. They're nothing more than modern day conveniences. Just like we don't need a handful of people in this country telling us what we can and cannot do, who do not apply their rules and regulations to themselves.
Bushradical 7 aylar önce
Thanks , will do. I totally agree with you
Chado McFatto
Chado McFatto 6 aylar önce
Dave! Your videos have become my favorite shows to watch. Very inspiring and I can't wait to get my own piece of off-grid pie too! One question I've had regarding your metal roofs: How do you seal up the ribbed edges of your roof metal? Keep the vids coming!
Deborah McSweeney
Deborah McSweeney 6 aylar önce
Y'all are awesome! Grew up with simple one room cabin we went to every chance we got. It taught me so much. That and camping. When things go nuts in our modern culture, I don't panic at all. In fact I look forward to it because I can use my knowledge on how to do with less. It impowers us. Instead of living in fear about what will happen in a disaster, or worse yet be nieve enough to think it will never happen, we just adapt, adjust and move forward. I so agree that something will have to give with technology. Especially in cars. It's getting a bit ridiculous. There was a quote a teacher I worked with had on her wall from Einstine. "All this technology will make for very stupid people. Not a direct quote but you get the main idea. We become dependent on tech and forget how to use a hammer! Lol And I'm with you all in thoughts of I want to live like this for the rest of my life. We live simply on our little farm and it doesn't feel like work or suffering. Just simply choice! Love you both and what you do to impower people to not feel helpless. To show them there is always options. And your beautiful wife telling the women that they can do this too! Beautiful! Thank you so much for all the common sense. Gives me hope in humanity!
David Gillespie
David Gillespie 6 aylar önce
Really Love this one Dave and all your videos for that matter...very informative and educational, inspirational yet simple and your personal take on things is the Best part!! Always looking forward to more to come and thanks again. Here's To many more days to come...have a Great day!! :)))
listen to the trees
listen to the trees 4 aylar önce
mission accomplished. I’m 21 single mom of 1 and your intention behind your channel is exactly what you deliver. Giving hope and really breaking down this lifestyle n making it practical and easy to understand. Thank you for giving so much detail/specifics that really can only come from experience. I’ve wanted this type of lifestyle since I was a kid. You n your wife really are making a difference. this channel is great
Ildiko 6 aylar önce
this was a wonderful synopsis of all that you and Brooke are. Love your well drilling section and your out house is terrific too!
Demi 6 aylar önce
Hi Dave, I discovered your TRpost channel by chance a couple of days ago and I find your videos really inspiring. I've been feeling very low recently due to my depression and watching your videos gave me hope. It made me realize how empowering it is to create with your own hands and to revel in nature's beauty. Living in a big city and working in a corporate business had me feeling stuck. But now that I've found your channel I'm motivated about spending more time in nature. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be able to build a cabin myself. Thank you for your work since it is very inspirational! If Brooke and you decide to do a workshop on constructing cabins, I would definitely like to participate and learn from you both!
Molly M
Molly M 6 aylar önce
Thank you for this. I was introduced to your channel through Brooke's and this video sums up what I want out of life. I went into construction to be able to learn as much as I can and make enough to start this life for myself. These kinds of videos inspire me so much and make me so hopeful for the future. It makes me so happy to know I'll be where you guys are at one day.
Bushradical 6 aylar önce
Good luck! If you know how to build you can nail together whatever you want
Mountain Hollers
Mountain Hollers 5 aylar önce
Love your videos, Dave. Enjoyed seeing your wife’s success also. My wife is very much a doer and stays active working on projects. This video just reminded me how blessed guys like us are
Faithful Servant
Faithful Servant 4 aylar önce
This is one of the most inspiring video on You Tube that I saw. Its empowering and helps you to look at life differently. The build is really good but what I like the most in this video is the principle behind it and your willingness to take the risk to keep your freedom and simple lifestyle unobstructed with fear which most people are in right now. Fear paralyzes everyone who embrace it. The biggest house and lots of security measures cannot remove the fear inside us. Wherever we go there is a risk involved. We need to choose whether to live superficially secure or to allow to live freely by facing the risks involve in it and take it one day at a time. May the Good Lord bless you richly in all areas of your life. God is the only secure and permanent way to live in peace despite the risks and challenges of life. Peace within is priceless which can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Theresa Griffin Kennedy
Theresa Griffin Kennedy 4 aylar önce
Great video. I learned that even I could make an outhouse, with a little help of course. I like this video style the best, where we watch you build the cabin and listen to you riff on things. Very fun and informative. Thanks!
Bryan Quick
Bryan Quick 6 aylar önce
I'm currently living outside the US and looking to move back and live small, finding your channel has made the entire enterprise feel much less daunting and much more doable. Greatly appreciate all the insight!
Sean Donahue
Sean Donahue 6 aylar önce
Great words of wisdom! I’m lucky my parents decided to stay in Alaska when my dad got stationed here for the second time in 1987 the year I was born. I couldnt imagine living anywhere else in the world and especially anywhere else in the US. My goal is to get a piece of property in the next 5yr and build a little simple cabin like you’ve built. My ultimate goal is to have multiple pieces and cabins as with the way the world is going, it seems to be a great investment. As much as I don’t want more people coming to Alaska, it’s inevitable with the way things are going and I want to be prepared so I can get further away from them but at the same time be holding investments that others are going to be seeking. Btw love your videos and simplicity in the way you build your cabins.
Martha Bradas
Martha Bradas 6 aylar önce
I really enjoyed listening to you share your perspective on living styes and the costs. I do admire you and Brooke for what you have built for yourselves , and I must say, I am applaud you two and your successes. I don't often hear people say much about being happy or not with their mortgages, their jobs, their car payments etc. To be honest, I have often considered all of that to be just life --and how it works. Now that I am older, I do enjoy simplicity, the idea of no debts, and quiet. But also, I like creature comforts. Stuff to ponder for sure. Thank you and thank Brooke for both your You Tube channels. I watch and you both really make me think about what might be possible. I appreciate ya'll!!!
Kit Mason
Kit Mason 3 aylar önce
Dave, you and Brooke are inspirational. Keep telling your story, you are reaching almost a million people, young and old. My son built me a tiny home last year, we used the knotted pine inside and I love it. With my age and and health against me , im in middle Tennessee during winters. >>>>> Love love you guys! Hi Brooke!!
Great White North Life
Great White North Life Aylar önce
Thank you for these videos Dave! I am personally getting ready to move to Alaska to to start my journey in the off grid lifestyle. I've had the opportunity to work in some off grid environments and they put the bug in me. I've been fortunate to make some decent money the past few years And I suppose my only concern going forward is what will I do to make an income once I get where I'm going. But also one of the main points of doing what I'm doing is that I won't require the income that I'm used to!
T Guy
T Guy 6 aylar önce
Great video, amazing channel. While I'm no where near you guys, people in my area are always "impressed" by the projects I'm able to do by myself or with the help of my Dad and Brother on my house and property. I always tell them similar advice to what you said, just start working on something and you'll find it's not as hard as you think!
Tim P
Tim P 7 aylar önce
I agree with everything you said. I long to live off grid, but unfortunately due to my disability limitations it makes it unrealistic to do so. I enjoy living vicariously through yours and Girl in the Woods videos. Thank you for all your wonderful content.
YJ Overlander
YJ Overlander 6 aylar önce
@Lisa Leonard what I did was borrow money to buy a 5th wheel trailer. This way it will be comfortable while I build a cabin. And I won't need to rush. Then I can use the trailer for guests or I can sell it later
James Allen
James Allen 7 aylar önce
@J See I am in my 50s and am now looking for property in northern michigan to build a small cabin. I wish I would have done when I was younger . But I feel it's never to late. I just may have to do things smarter st this age and know my limitations
Lisa Leonard
Lisa Leonard 7 aylar önce
@YJ Overlander Exactly, I have very bad back issues, but I am willing to take my time and make a small place for my pups and I.
YJ Overlander
YJ Overlander 7 aylar önce
@TONY Z We can get by with a little help from our friends. I know that if someone who needs a fair shake at life came into my perview, I'd let them set up off grid on my place so they can get ahead. There's always ways everyone can contribute. We just need to all bring forward our strengths and help one another with their weaknesses.
TONY Z 7 aylar önce
@YJ Overlander No..not for some. Just to clarify.
P A 6 aylar önce
Great episode! Love your perspectives. Food for thought, the base Tesla Cybertruck is $39k and TRpostrs like Will Prowse have videos, detailed buy lists, and installation instructions on solar charging at affordable costs. This seems like a perfect marriage with offgrid, low footprint, and self sustaining transportation with high tech and lower maintenance costs (there's less to break in an electric vehicle like a Tesla). I have a performance model S and was lucky because Tesla pays for my electricity at their super chargers. Anyhow check out this option, it might change your mind to go with an electric truck. Tesla also has an electric ATV coming as an accessory to the Cybertruck.
Eric and Linda MacLeod
Eric and Linda MacLeod 6 aylar önce
Thanks - Takes me back to our first little house about 50 years ago, on the other side of the lake, near Thunder Bay. Your advice is solid on building and on sweat equity too. Cheers, Eric
David DiLeo
David DiLeo 6 aylar önce
I stumbled on your videos and I’m so glad I did. After watching part 1 and 2 of your cabin build I feel like I was right along with you every step of the way. On a scale of 1-10 measuring “handyness” I’m like a .25 compared to your 10. Still, watching you work was a pleasure. It’s funny, at the age of 68 I know I’ll never be able to do the things you did, but I ended up with a feeling of pride FOR you. You rock dude! You deserve everything you’ve created. All the best.
Great Northern 70
Great Northern 70 4 aylar önce
Enjoyed your commentary through the video. I've somehow gotten away from living a simpler, less debt ridden life and you got me to really think about that and decide to tighten things back up, pay closer attention and live a simpler life. Thanks.
Tim LeCount
Tim LeCount 7 aylar önce
23:00 Amen, brother. Main reason I live in Alaska. Loved being able to build my own house, with my own hands, on my own property with my own money without the gov't telling me every little thing. And the thing is, since all those things were mine, I did my very best work! Self-interest is a strong motivator:) Thanks for the videos and for answering questions, even if some of them get repetitive:)
Doug Wheeler
Doug Wheeler 3 aylar önce
Man, I have watched all your off grid cabin in the woods videos and I am inspired and impressed. Thank you for sharing them with us all. You break everything down so succinctly that you make me think, I could probably do that. I think we defeat ourselves before we even try. I guess, back in the day you did not have a choice but try and do. In this video, you answered all the questions that crossed my mind about you and girl in the woods. You both appear to be strong independent people but are a close husband and wife as well. And you support each other. That is impressive in this day and age. I hate what America has turned into now. Watching your videos helps me have some hope.
Medieval Mgtow
Medieval Mgtow 6 aylar önce
I just discovered your channel today. This is the first video of yours I've seen. I'm quite jealous of your skill level. You did an amazing job on everything. Wow. Your outlook on life, and the world around you, spot on. You have an inner peace that comes through in your video. I hope I have neighbors like you someday when I leave the mess that society has become. You give me hope for a peaceful life someday. Thanks man!
Jennylee F
Jennylee F 6 aylar önce
I always love watching your videos. I really love the fact that you reiterate that the water doesn't need to be tested. Here in Australia many homes have rainwater tanks and the majority of us just drink it straight from the tank. Those that don't have rainwater tanks OR that don't drink it always worry about those of us who do as we don't filter it and YES there will be bird poop and dirt, leaves etc. on our roof before the rain falls and then runs off into the tank. None of us have died yet from drinking straight rain water from the tank and it tastes great and I'm 60 now so if it was going to kill or harm me it would have already. 🙂 I love that you guys are so similar to me and just simple people who derive simple pleasures from just doing things yourselves and your own way. Keep giving us your great videos and I'll keep enjoying them.
Siegried Roy
Siegried Roy 6 aylar önce
Everything You said, You speak from my heart! The whole situation is here in Germany the same like what You described. I binge watch your and Brooke Videos 😊.I try now here somwhere in Europe to find a place where its possible to start such a project! Best regards stay as you are! Sebastian
Rob James
Rob James 6 aylar önce
Dave and Brooke are the definition of salt of the earth. Great content as always.
The Long Last Road Trip
The Long Last Road Trip 6 aylar önce
Dave, you and your badass wife are such an inspiration to me! I love the nomadic life but looking forward to building a tiny cabin in the U.P for when I can no longer travel. Your videos show me that this is possible and I can't wait to get started!
George Crosby
George Crosby 6 aylar önce
Great work, Dave. Definitely gives me hope for a sustainable future as a recently disabled middle aged man who feels betrayed by materialistic capitalism, that so-called "American dream" seems more and more like a cruel lie and a trap. The UP is looking better everyday. Thank you for all you do.
will schultz
will schultz 4 aylar önce
I love these cabin builds! I want to build one and I'm trying to buy a piece of land to do it 🙂
Sean Wright
Sean Wright Aylar önce
I have learned so much from you both! I'm looking for some property up in Maine to do the same things you guys have done. I feel that watching your videos I am ready to make the plunge! Thanks so much!
Janie  Lindsey
Janie Lindsey 6 aylar önce
I really enjoyed watching this . I wish more people would live like this . Young people should be doing this instead of going butt deep in debt . My son built me a small house that's attached to his barn and he just used lumber that he had from other projects and he got my doors for free . We bought 3 windows small ones. Used tin taken off of a barn for my roof and my ceiling ( very rustic ) I absolutely love my home and we only put 2 thousand into it . It's electric and all the wiring and everything he needed for it he already had . I love it 😀 😍 ❤
Tailgate Carpenter
Tailgate Carpenter 3 aylar önce
Excellent teaching video guys! After 42 years in the trades I can say I agree with a neighbor I once lived across the street from. He hired me several times to build things on his property and had a chair nearby so we could chat. He would say he really enjoys watching OTHER people work. Yes, it's nice to take a break once in a while but doing the hands on after doing the math is one of the most gratifying things in life. Back again after a month. Who needs to pay for a gym membership when you can essentially get a work out every day on your own land? Try some lat push downs when raising the drive weight sometime.
tom1959100 3 aylar önce
You've put out many, MANY good videos...and this is one of my favorites. You hit the nail on the head with the freedom and simplicity comments. My son is almost 38 years old and does electrical and prep work for a national grocery chain in central Arkansas, and has a company van....and his wife is a middle school teacher. Together they make around $115K a year. But how they or other young people are going to be able to afford a nice home and still afford other things nowadays is beyond me. You and your wife Brooke definitely had the right idea 20+ years back...and glad y'all did. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with your you tube friends/followers...keep up the good work, and God bless you both!!
Uriel Gonzalez
Uriel Gonzalez 6 aylar önce
Loved the video! And the one prior to this one. Such an eye opening experience! To be honest ppl tend to get a tunnel vision on “How” you are supposed to do this or that. Being that in this world…. THERE IS OTHER WAYS!!!! i am thankful for you and for what you do! Keep on at it man i am definitely subscribed and will follow you from now on! You definitely bring hope in Humanity!!!!
Indigenous Outdoorsman
Indigenous Outdoorsman 6 aylar önce
Love your down to earth backwoods practicality. Reusing older equipment is great. Not only are they totally capable, they are made of superior materials. One thing I'd like to share is if your sandpoint ever gets clogged, you can fire a .22 caliber straight down the bore. The shock wave drives the debris out of the point. I learned this from a well driller. The only downside is you might get a little wet. Thank you for your dedication and videos, their fabulous.
Brigham Cardon
Brigham Cardon 6 aylar önce
Good tip!
Ragnale JL
Ragnale JL 6 aylar önce
Dave, have watched your videos for some time and live them. I don't usually comment on videos, but this one really made me feel the need to do so. I agree with your narration of the topic and look forward to the day i get to build my cabin to escape to. Till then keep up the great videos.
donnie mason
donnie mason 6 aylar önce
Great Job Dave. thanks for what you do, I enjoy watching you and Brook working on your projects. we all can learn a lot. Donnie North Carolina. Keep doing your thing
Cara Oosterhouse
Cara Oosterhouse 7 aylar önce
Great video Dave. I am a builder in Michigan and am sick of the ever more complicated codes to build residential housing. I started out building new homes that were around $100,000. Pretty affordable as new houses go and they had a basement that could be finished later to almost double the square footage to grow with a growing family. With the complications of the building code in the last 25 years, there is no way to build a house like that today. I will take a sub 200 square foot cabin with a stove any day of the week, but most communities want the tax dollars a bigger and more expensive house will bring. They also aren't interested in accessory dwelling units. I would love to see more tiny houses (that one could legally live in) built on lots that already have a house.
SlimShady 76
SlimShady 76 6 aylar önce
You need to look into getting the real land patent title. Warranty deed lists u as a tenant making u fall under govt jurisdiction. If u have ur real title say goodbye to property tax and following any of their administration codes. This is the big secret they don't want u to know.
Anon Doe
Anon Doe 7 aylar önce
@Mark Sexton get out ASAP brother
John Waters
John Waters 7 aylar önce
@Mark Sexton California is following the way of DETROIT, MICHIGAN in 1940
Mark Sexton
Mark Sexton 7 aylar önce
I'm a plumbing contractor in socal, been in housing construction for 35 years, built my home 13 years ago... everything you said is spot on. The permits and fees were 25K when I built, today the same house is close to 100K in fees... not to mention the added regulations that cost big dollars..... I wanted to be off grid, found out its completely against the law here in comifornia... The regulations here are driving housing cost to the moon... Added note: I have horses and livestock, they are now requiring permits and fees for horse shaders and livestock sheds... It's all insanity.
Donna Stewart
Donna Stewart 6 aylar önce
Dave, I am new to your videos and I am thoroughly enjoying them, and learning a lot. I am a 67 yr old widow, and I have an off the grid cabin on eight acres in West Virginia. My husband was the engineer, but unfortunately he passed away of cancer, and I am trying to figure out how to finish the cabin, without his expertise. I am Not mechanical, so I don't always understand what you are explaining. A few questions- 1. I want to dig an outhouse, but the ground is hard, rock pad created by cutting out of the mountain. I would dig it if it was soil, but it is hard. Will I have to hire someone with a backhoe to dig the hole? 2. The chafon power station that you use for lights (that's all I need) -- is it only charged by solar (which I don't have)?Can you recommend a small power station that would be easy for me to use? 3. At least I have a deep well, but it cost over $12,000 to have it dug!! 4. Love the Zodi shower pump. I plan on getting one of those. Also the Alpine Camp Chef stove is perfect for my 12 x 14 cabin. I know that are not necessarily promoting those items, but you have done the research, and I am more than happy to use the items, because I also know you are careful of costs. I am a widow on fixed social security, so this is really necessary. Do you have a suggestion for an easy way for me to split wood? Is there some kind of tool other than a powered wood splitter that I could use (remember I am a 67 year old woman of limited strength)? On a side note-- I really appreciate that you share saying grace on your videos. I am a born again Christian, and I am proud that you are willing to let your faith known. It is not very PC nowadays. Keep up the good work and the excellent utubes!
Monty Ray Za
Monty Ray Za 6 aylar önce
The most important 2 things to remember about out house placement are to be down wind of your cabin and hopefully down flow of your ground water.
Zia Marie
Zia Marie 5 aylar önce
Thank you so much for this video. Everything you said really hit home for me and i feel like watching this video has fired up a spark in me. You and Brooke are two amazing people and i truly appreciate all that you've shared and everything youve both taught me. God bless both of you
Bushradical 5 aylar önce
DENNIS HARDY 5 aylar önce
Great video, well done and it gave a great insite into the many things that go into this build. I envy you and Brook, enjoy life, stay well.
Andrew Moens
Andrew Moens 6 aylar önce
Incredible. Great job on the video and the sensible, down to earth, reasoning behind this lifestyle choice. I think, most people feel trapped in the modern lifestyle. Many persons are so removed from physical labor and outdoor living, etc. Then again, these could be a bunch of excuses for most people. At any rate, thanks for sharing your life and the guts to live your dreams.💛😊🐿
Clinton Shafto
Clinton Shafto 6 aylar önce
The philosophical part of this video was my favorite. In fact, those philosophical tidbits and insights have been a huge reason I keep coming back to watch these videos. I hope you are able to share more of those ideas, and ultimately spreading more hope!
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