Tiny Off – Grid Living

As part of my journey in developing a deeper connection with nature I decided to work on ways of living in a more sustainable way which led me to embark on a full truck conversion, creating an off-grid living space.

Having just come out of a relationship and knowing I had to yet again move to another place, I was adamant that there had to be a better way of living as I hated dealing with estate agents and landlords and feeling like I could never really call my house a home unless I was tied to a mortgage for the rest of my life.

Even when I had a mortgage a few years ago, I couldn’t help but feel suffocated and chained by it. This pushed me to begin my Tiny Living journey and I began researching what was feasible in my situation.

Taking inspiration from programme’s like ‘George’s amazing spaces’ or annoyingly cheesy programmes by Sarah Beeny, idea’s such as canal boat living were always at the back of my mind, my father even lives on his boat on the weekends, so small space living has never been an alien concept to me. However it wasn’t until push came to shove that I actually made the jump.

The Tiny Living concept started out in the states and it has really taken off out there, mainly due to the looser planning laws and the amount of land they have.

Tiny Living to me means building a house which works much like a caravan, on a chassis, however with the luxury feel of a home.

To me it appeals because I can live completely off grid, with electricity running off solar panels, gas from refillable bottles, water from rain or top up of water tank via other means and a composting toilet, with all the outdoor space I would need if I found the right site. More importantly though, if I were to set up the Green Care project, living on site would be essential and living in a mobile tiny house would be the easiest and most homely way of doing it. It sounded so ideal, I thought why don’t more people live this way?! turns out Tiny Living is way more difficult in the UK than in the states due to planning laws and the legalities of making something road worthy in this country…..

Not only that but Tiny Living is not as romantic as it sounds initially, with a few things that you need to learn to do differently due to the lack of space and the being disconnected from the continuous supply of energy.

So I decided, with the help of my builder Matt Banks from Touchwood Carpentry that a truck conversion would be the best option, I did resist at first but gave into my builders advice that it gives the ultimate mobility (road trips around Europe here I come), the same square footage as a house on a trailer, and trucks can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

So with concept drawings made and the truck purchase in hand, it is all go.

I will be writing about my journey into off-grid living in my blog so I hope you enjoy reading.

 

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