Off the Grid

Maybe it’s a religion thing. I can’t imagine Sikhs or Jains fantasizing about living alone in a cozy, remote little shack.

But if you’re a Christian—especially a Catholic, even a Vatican II baby like me—it’s easy to catch a contact buzz from tales of heroic hermits and hobbits alike. If there’d been a Julian of Norwich play set—“Anchorite Barbie”!—I would’ve begged for one.

Compound that with my below-average stature, my schizoid temperament, and an only child’s acclimation to catatonic quietude, and it’s inevitable that I caught tiny-cabin fever.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I love those tiny houses and have since my first architecture class in H.S.
    They make nice vacation getaways for a week or two, or three at a time, but for full time living, it seems that most people will want more room.
    They are best if you are into solitary living too.

    I had always dreamed of making prefab bolt together a that you could tow like a trailer and then assemble anywhere there was a big enough semi-flat footprint to put it on.
    Lots of possibilities, but you got to really like the idea.

    • No question it has appeal.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        When done right, yes, and for limited periods of time.
        If I was living alone, I could probably pull it off long-term, as long as it had what I wanted (real toilets, real sinks, real TV and internet, and working climate control, and of course electricity).

    • FactsWillOut

      “I had always dreamed of making prefab bolt together a that you could tow like a trailer and then assemble anywhere there was a big enough semi-flat footprint to put it on.”

      They’re called “Yurts.”

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I was thinking something a bit classier (and comfortable) than neo-caveman living.

        • FactsWillOut
          • Drunk_by_Noon

            That does look nice, but I was thinking of something closer to dirt floors and dung fueled heating fires.

          • FactsWillOut

            Such a..slanted view does you no credit. 🙂

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            If you know anything about me, I’m all about the ‘slant’!

        • Clink9

          I have an 8 by 12 garden shed that could be listed on VRBO. For a bathroom, you would be sharing the backyard with my dog.

    • Justin St.Denis

      My older brother and I built a split log cabin in the woods when we were in our early 20s. My bro lived there for three years, then sold it to his neighbours for a tidy sum. All these years later, it still stands as solid as ever!

    • Maggat

      Prefab, containers are the way to go.

  • Dana Garcia

    Technology makes it easier to live small. My wall space is filled with books on shelves, but recently I’ve been downloading e-books to my computer — now that’s a space saver.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I now have more books on my Kindle than my dad ever had, and he was a book freak.
      Then again a few walls filled solid with books always make you look classy and educated, or weird to the wrong people. My illiterate friends (and their equally illiterate parents) would always ask: “so, what do ya do with all those books?”
      Now, a single kindle with the entire library of Congress looks just like another Kindle filled with comics.

      • DD_Austin

        “so, what do ya do with all those books?”

        Books are excellent for testing rifle bore fit and ammunition consistency

        You don’t have even count the pages of peneration, their numbered
        for your convenience, makes for a very fine “paper” thin measuring stick

  • DD_Austin

    cozy, remote little shack… with all the modern convenices money can buy

    May as well be staying at the Holiday inn.

    Living in a real “shack” is the pits, especially dealing with your filled outhouse pit,
    small animals, black flies, no road in and firewood, constant firewood, finding, cutting,
    carrying and ash

    Be sure to bring plenty of booze, you’ll need it

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Yeah, that’s the part of rustic living that most people do not ‘get’ until they actually have to.
      Reality sucks like that.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Keeping in mind that lots of candidates for submarine duty wash out because they can’t take living in such cramped quarters. There’s a huge difference between living as a couple under 675 sq ft vs 500 sq ft vs 325 sq ft. 675 is very livable while 325 is homicidal.

    • Exile1981

      My 1st apartment was 500sqft; 2 bedroom and a roommate. It was only for 10 months first year of college but I’m glad I had a separate bedroom to retreat too when I needed solitude.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …more my style…