Just to show you it can be done by anyone here are a just a few pics of cabins built by ordinary people

Posted by on December 8, 2017 11:28 am
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Some nice photos and details of off-grid cabins that you will enjoy. My favorite was the James Lackey 18×20 Mortgage Free Off-Grid Cabin. Let me know which is your favorite… See them all here

10 responses to Just to show you it can be done by anyone here are a just a few pics of cabins built by ordinary people

  1. Laylow December 9th, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    My wife and I started out building a 24 x30 and ended up 24×60 with a 24×18 covered porch. Lol going to finish it out this spring.It’s on 15 acres and all morgage free. Doing it as we save money. And we are able to do everything ourselves. We are fortunate to be able to do this.

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  2. [email protected] December 9th, 2017 at 2:12 am

    What I see in your photos are not what I would call a cabin; but, that’s probably because there are too many real cabins in my area. Cabins made from rough hewn logs and using stacked logs with mortis and tenon joints. Back nearly 40 years ago I worked with some local Amish to construct a barn using these old style tools and techniques. They brought in a “Barn Master” to oversee the project, and I learned to use an Adze, Froe, and Draw knife. I still have the draw knife and all of these tools are still available from Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.
    These photos look more to me like the tiny houses that many are starting to purchase and build and that’s not a bad place to start to allow you to get some property working for you and paid off.
    I think however, that these things are for those who still have youth on their side.

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  3. Jesse Mathewson December 8th, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    MD is right, even at the worst of Argentina’s issues (now) in rural areas people are actually much safer.

    Obviously the euro dude who shares his experiences has differing opinions however, people in southern and northern Europe are much closer proximity, similar to say, New Jersey with the same amount of firearms…(none or little except in criminal hands) in southern/Midwestern/Appalachian-smokey mountain – blue ridge / south -western/ Pacific north west – (not counting urban areas) people will be relatively safe. Community is everything,

    Again, those who profit from selling doom and gloom love to twist reality and go as dark as they can. However, people when faced with massive upheaval have in most cases (when not encumbered by an overbearing government and its military or police) come together and worked for common benefit. It’s survival, plain and simple. I laugh when doomsday types start trying to convince anyone that the sky is falling.

    Anything big enough too destroy mankind will not be slowed by outdated NBC suits and shoddy camouflage- what may prevent such events is working with others.

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    • Dan December 8th, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      It is from an overbearing government and its military or police that camouflage is the most effective as well as illegal looters. Who is the most likely to be robbed: a person wearing expensive clothes or a person shabbily dressed, a fancy vacation home or a beach shack or other comparisons.

      “Community is everything,” Tell that to the people in Puerto Rico. Community is a group of people living in an area. It can range in size from a tiny village to the whole world. They have a community but I doubt that you would want to live there since a hurricane devastated it. Many are homeless and others live in houses that are unfit to live in because of storm damage. Most have no safe drinking water or electricity. Medical services are not available in most places. gangs of looters are forming and it is not safe to go out at night.

      Ignorant fools like you can laugh at the doomsday types who said what could happen if the grid went down for a long time. Natural and manmade disasters can happen at anytime. People like you will probably become looters.

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  4. Dan December 8th, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    They are okay for peaceful times but in a survival situations after a disaster, with roving gangs of looters, they are like neon signs saying come and rob me. It makes more sense to camouflage homes, out buildings and gardens so they are not recognized as such.

    Jim owns a thousand acres and leads nature tours through it. Each tour goes within twenty feet of three residences, four well stocked root cellars and through ten gardens.After hundreds of tours not one tourist was aware of their presence.

    Ken owns a large farm. His house and outbuildings are well engineered and strong but they look ramshackle and about to fall down. His machine shop is well equipped with excellent tools and equipment but camouflaged to look like junk.

    Both places passively protect themselves from looters because they don’t see anything worth stealing.

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    • M.D. Creekmore December 8th, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Dan,

      Mostly correct. Better off to be part of a community of neighbors that work together and protect each other for mutual safety. No one is an Island as the saying goes. Plus this really isn’t a prepper site so a lot of folks reading this won’t have that concern even though it might be valid.

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      • Dan December 8th, 2017 at 4:15 pm

        Camouflage can be used by a community as well as the individual. People can still work together. How do you propose to protect each other? Could it be with guns as you think are necessary in your other blogs. That is not so wise.

        You say most of the people reading this blog are’t concerned about it (protecting their property from looters). I disagree. There are 2 kinds of looters legal and illegal. It is the legal looters (tax assessors and collectors) that people mostly have to protect their property from. They steal the most.

        Isn’t it wiser to hide your wealth from both kinds than to flash it around?

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        • M.D. Creekmore December 8th, 2017 at 5:02 pm

          Dan,
          Don’t get your underwear in a twist. They are concerned about break-ins, and theft for sure, but when I think of looters I’m thinking of a TEOTWAWKI where roving gangs are raiding towns, homes and everything in between. And yes, the neighbors here will band together and protect each other with guns after such an event. I think that you completely missed my point but that’s okay.

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          • Dan December 8th, 2017 at 6:37 pm

            What is your point? My point is camouflage can hide your valuables like camouflage clothes can protect a person seen and identified as such. They simply remain unseen or unrecognized for what they are. The looters pass on seeking better pickings. It is effective whether it is TEOTWAWKI or not. In a TEOTWAWKI situation booby traps can be used as well. The Cong held off the Mighty US army and remained undefeated for almost two decades using mainly traps and camouflage not in direct confrontation. How many of your people is your method going to get killed?

            After the looters are demoralized and greatly reduced in number then they can be mopped up in direct confrontation.

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            • M.D. Creekmore December 8th, 2017 at 6:56 pm

              Dan,

              You’re still in a WROL situation. Not what this site is about but okay.

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