Monday, May 25, 2015 / 18 Comments

Come Home to the Country --- 350 Sq. Ft. Off Grid Home in Missouri




                                                                     

Meet Teri and her husband and 2 children who live on 10 acres, and co-own an additional 30 acres with two other families in Missouri.

                              

The home is only 350 square feet custom designed by the two of them, built around their family's  needs by her husband. How cool is that.


They have plans for a timber framed straw bale addition in the coming years and this home is a jumping off point.


The home has no walled off rooms but is divided creatively into multiple spaces using shelving, partial walls and floor levels.

                                

Teri's home features a mudroom, kitchen, pantry, playroom, and a bedroom area.

She and her husband love to cook and enjoy being able to set pots of stew or soup on the stove to boil in their wood stove that sits next to the kitchen. They completely move their kitchen outdoors during the warmer months.


When I asked Teri if she loves her home she said," do love it!  It's so light and open, so even though it's tiny, it feels much more spacious. I also love that there are so many built-in shelves, made with wood that we've had custom milled for us. It brings a bit of nature right into our home."


Teri also explained that , "Our home was built with a combination of new and reclaimed materials, which gives it a really nice feel.  We were able to acquire wood from a century old barn for our exterior siding, so our house looks rustic and lived in, even though it's only a year old. "


"Our house is also completely off-the-grid.  We recently installed three solar panels that power lights, small appliances, and a chest freezer.  We have a cell phone, and will hook up to a wireless internet service in the near future.  But our home is a "dry" house with no plumbing in or out of the house. Instead, we rely on water catchment from our metal roof, and we have an outhouse for a bathroom. "


The family custom built their table and it's absolutely gorgeous. This next weekend I look forward to sharing with you more of Teri's off grid home that houses this incredibly cool family of 4. 

In the meantime... if you are looking to know more about Teri and her off grid homesteading experience she blogs over here.


So what do you think of Teri's Country home? Could you live off grid?

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18 comments:

  1. I love it so much! What I have always dreamed of! I tell you, people look at you like you are crazy when you say you want a 'dry' house, so it was wonderful to see somebody who thinks the same way. It is unimaginable to 99.9% of people to live without indoor plumbing, flush toilets, etc.

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    1. It has been pretty nice living in our dry cabin - no worries about frozen pipes!

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  2. I could live with the outhouse but I just wonder about bathing.. Is it all sponge baths? Love the house!! :)

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    1. Hi NaturalMommy,
      We have an outdoor shower that we use in spring, a pond-bath that we use in summer, and a big tub that we use in the winter!
      Teri

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  3. Once, a hundred yrs ago when I was 15, my dad moved us from Texas to Arkansas and bought a small farm...out house and I didn't like it one bit. I'm afraid I am still a sissy when it comes to bathrooms. lol
    I do like their little house and looking forward to seeing more of it.

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  4. Oh my goodness I love that table! I want one like that so badly!

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    1. Thanks Nicole,
      My husband actually built the table as well, out of custom-milled wood from our former homestead.
      Teri

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  5. The ceiling is stunning! I think I could do tiny house living, but definitely need indoor plumbing! Loved this post!

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  6. This is SO inspiring! I really do think I could live like this.

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  7. Valerie, you did it again! This post really touched a lot of people and they are wanting MORE!! You were selected as "featured" on Simple Saturdays Blog Hop last week, congratulations.

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  8. I was wondering about bathing too? And parental privacy?

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      Great questions!
      We have a tub that we bring indoors for winter bathing, an outdoor shower for spring/fall, and a pond bathing situation for summer.
      And parental privacy is a bit tricky, requiring some creativity! but where there's a will, there's a way!
      Teri

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  9. I am amazed at people who live this way! I love the idea of living off-grid. One day we may all be living that way, you just never know. That ceiling is gorgeous! And I grew up with a cousin who lived in the mtns of NC, where they had a well for water, and used a pot belly stove to cook on and heat the house, and I loved it! I was also curious about adult time, but I see she already answered that question. :-)

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  10. This was so interesting ....I would want a working bathroom though if at all possible : )

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  11. Very interesting life-style and the house is beautifully finished with all the hand milled and made furnishings. I like the idea of off-grid living but would never be able to do without indoor plumbing. I was wondering about clean laundry and dishes.

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  12. I too am amazed how people can live in small spaces and love it. Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking & Crafting with J & J party.

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  13. Oh wow...how cute! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  14. I love this little home! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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