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Starting with this post, I wanted to share with you my ideas on my off-grid house and homestead. I’ll begin with the general ideas on design and house construction, used materials, techniques, etc.

The very first draft of my house design is ready, but some details need to be corrected. It looks like typical small house Polish families build these days, one story high, with rooms in the attic, gable roof, nothing fancy. On the ground floor I want a large room, kitchen in the corner, bathroom and a small entrance hall. In the attic I want to have three bedrooms and a bathroom.

I want the house to be as close to passivhaus standards as possible, so the house will be facing south with three large windows. Two of those will be fixed, which will save me some money and some heat, as such windows have better insulation properties than ordinary ones. (more…)

5 reasons I want to go off-grid

Since the time I started this blog, I never took the time to write about my goals and reasons why I want to live off the grid.

Today is a good time to do it. 🙂

1. I want to be independent and free

I want to be free and be independent from all the systems of support, like the power grid or water mains. I will use most of my power bought from the grid (my solar and wind power plant will probably not provide enough energy for all my appliances). But the key appliances like ventillation fan or central heating water pump will be able to work even if the grid fails. (more…)

How To Build An Autonomous House – Episode 2

The video attached below is the second episode of my series about building an autonomous house on my land lot.

Today I finished translating subtitles for this episode, so you can watch it with english subtitles.

This episode shows the early spring on my lot. It was recorded in high definition, but I guess that to watch it in HD you would have to visit the blip.tv page for the episode.

How To Build An Autonomous House – Episode 1

Today I finally got the first part of the subtitles I ordered for my series about my autonomous house. I recorded and published 10 episodes last year, started somewhere in january or february 2010. I couldn’t share them with you as they were recorded in polish, but since I got the subtitles, I translated it for the first episode which I publish below.

In this episode I show you the land lot I will use to build my off-grid house on, with all the things I tried to do there earlier.

The video was recorded in high definition (1080p), but I guess you would have to visit the YouTube instead of using this embedded player, to watch it in HD. (more…)

My original idea and goal was to build an autonomous house (or to be more precise — an autonomous homestead) on the property we bought in 2007. But for the last year my wife and I we visited several buildings for sale, and even once or twice wanted to buy the house we saw. Every time I am wondering if it’s better to build your own autonomous house from the scratch, or to build a typical house and to upgrade it and retrofit to the autonomous house standard.

And I am still confused.

In the terms of energy efficiency, it’s much better to build a new house. The buildings we saw for sale this year were mostly built in 1970s, during the time when Poland was a communist country and it was very difficult to get cement, concrete, bricks, windows and roofing materials. Back then people built their houses with what they could get their hands on, and since the coal was very cheap and plentiful, noone cared to insulate walls or install airtight windows. People simply used a lot of energy to keep their houses warm. They didn’t care about getting maximum amount of sunlight for passive solar heating, nor they did care about having efficient ventillation systems. (more…)

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