Author Archives: Derek Howlett

DIY Concrete Deck & Steel Pergola

My wife has wanted a nice private place that she can do yoga and we can do breath work sessions together! Originally I planned on building a wood deck with pergola. I decided that using concrete and steel would be better for longevity. The price in materials wasn’t that much different but doing a wood […]

Homesteading Life Conference

I’m happy and excited to announce that I’ll be presenting at the Homesteading Life Conference which is happening August 12th – 13th, 2018 in Hannibal, MO. I’ll be doing a presentation on Solar 101! Who This is going to be a wonderful 2-day event where you’ll hear from experts talking about┬áfermenting, soap making, elderberry harvesting […]

DIY Off Grid Steel Garage – The Foundation

´╗┐ The Goal The first thing that I want to think about with any structure is what purpose is it going to serve on our property. Ideally with off grid structures, we want them serve a multitude of purposes. Purposes For The Off Grid Steel Garage Provide shade and cover for our vehicles, tractor and […]

The #1 Mistake New Off Grid Homesteaders Make

“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.” Napoleon Hill Off Grid Living Is Expensive… Initially When I’ve spoken with other excited homesteaders in our area, a comment I hear often is, “I didn’t realize how expensive this was going to be!” In […]

The Rainwater Harvesting Rain Roof

Build Videos One Year Update When we first picked out the spot to put our tiny house, I wanted to find a location where I’d be able to build some type of roof structure uphill from it. I was inspired by my buddy Joe from the Homesteadonomics YouTube channel where he built a rainwater harvesting […]