John C Daley wrote:1. Most people build houses bigger than they need.
Trevis Kelley wrote:2. We want to grow as much of our own food as possible.
Mike Haasl wrote:
So it sounds like you're living in a trailer on the property currently? By "trailer" do you mean a travel trailer or a mobile home? How long can you stand to live in it before you build your house?
Mike Haasl wrote:
Why did you discard straw bale out of curiosity? I'm a fan of building with whatever fits the resources of your area and/or the historical techniques of previous settlers/inhabitants.
John C Daley wrote:
Most people build houses bigger than they need. This leads to unfinished homes, no money and a high level of frustration.
Leigh Tate wrote:
You really don't need a lot of living space. What John describes is adequate. HOWEVER, if you want to grow as much of your own food as possible, you need to consider storage space. Not only the food itself, but also the equipment to process and keep it, such as canning equipment and jars, dehydrator, containers, buckets and bins for bulk storage, shelving, even egg cartons, etc. Do you plan to store potable water? Livestock feed? You mention being disabled, so make sure your access to your stored food is convenient for your personal needs.
Trevis Kelley wrote:My wife and I have decided to move fairly slowly. We are more concerned with getting a solid plan, then building it out in a measured pace. We don't want to take on too much at once, but just as long as we continue to learn, grow, and apply new knowledge, we figure by the time we're retired, we'll have a pretty amazing homestead.
Bryant said: The acids in the coffee that is brewed this way will burn the ants up and by going far enough away from the obvious mound, you can be fairly certain of getting the queen in the laying chamber as well as the workers and the nursery.