What really are self-sustaining homes? Every homesteader worth his salt knows all about self-sustaining homes and dream of totally living off the grid. If you’re on your way to self-sufficiency, include these ideas, inspirations, and guide to your goal of living in self-sustaining homes!
Self-Sustaining Homes: Tips, Ideas, And Inspirations
Self-sustaining homes are a hot topic in discussions among skeptics and optimists alike, but I wondered how many people are actually into it. Sure, the possibilities of being entirely independent with your food and energy sources are so awe-inspiring, plus with the low maintenance cost, anyone would want to jump right in. I might have been a skeptic once upon a time, but finally living off the grid afforded with a freedom I never thought possible. If that didn’t inspire you, I’m sure these ideas, guides, and inspirations for self-sustaining homes will.
1. Earthship Self-Sustaining Off the Grid Home
The idea is to build a home with a unique architectural concept with a purpose. This house may seem all too modern but every curve or tilt has a purpose to it. It might be to catch rainwater or fully receive sunlight, whether to light up the home or power a solar panel.
2. Luxurious Off-Grid Tiny Home
Try a small self-sustaining home or room first before you go all out in living off the grid. This luxurious self-sustaining home has all the amenities and comfort of a larger home. Best of all, you can take this out camping or on the road, as it’s set on a trailer with wheels.
3. Freedom Cove
While this self-sustaining home looks more like a dreamland than a typical place where people live, people do manage to thrive in this amazing place. You might think this is an overnight undertaking, but living off the grid with the help of nature is a work in progress and a real-life adventure with all the ups and downs.
4. Floating Home
A vacation house is probably one of those luxury projects a lot of families would break the bank for, in our quest to continually de-stress and relax. But you can consider innovative and ingenious ways to save money through sustainable homes. Take this luxurious looking floating house or cabin you can customize, complete with amenities and sustainable energy source.
5. $2000 Self-Sustaining Solar Cabin
Yes, you can build a self-sustainable home at an outrageously low cost as $2000. And it doesn’t stop there, with a renewable source of energy you’ll be able to cut down on energy expenses in the long run. A house this size, you’ll be able to cut a sizeable amount of money for maintenance.
6. Environment-Friendly Home
Living in an arid landscape can really leave you racking up a huge bill on fuel, energy, utilities, and maintenance. Understanding your landscape and learning more about self-sustaining homes can help you cut on those expenses. Thicker walls in your structure, for example, helps cool down your home, saving expense for air conditioning.
7. Soleta ZeroEnergy One
An eco-home from Foundation for Inventics and Sustainable Technologies (FITS). The idea is to build homes from renewable materials and rely on a renewable source of energy for power. A natural ventilation and lighting system is also adapted to this concept and design structure with wide open spaces.
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8. Tiny Off-Grid Cabin
Other than cutting down on costs and helping the environment in your own little way, being in a peaceful place with a spectacular view inspires us to live off the grid. Now, you don’t have to live like a hermit to do this, because you can still enjoy modern amenities in a self-sustainable home such as this.
9. Container-based MEKA Modular Luxury Housing
Container homes are becoming quite popular these days simply for their modular structure and for being low cost. They can be your base structure for creating self-sustainable homes where you can apply renewable energy source and free water source.
Looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this tiny camper is, incredibly, quite real. Well, I guess the future is now and you won’t escape this innovation given the unique design. Whether you’re out camping or on a rooftop in the city, you can minimize your carbon footprint and expense through this self-sustainable home.
11. DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin
Starting small or doing it small will make self-sustainable living possible. Take this couple who managed to get it done at their own pace. It looks like a huge undertaking, but with a passion for homesteading and living sufficiently, this is nothing but an adventure.
12. Earth-Sheltered House For $5000
Looking at this design reminded me of the hobbit’s village in a film, which actually ignited a dream in me to build such a place. It hasn’t happened yet, so kudos to this family who took the courage to do so. Eco-roofs are having quite a moment as of late, and looking at this homemade self-sustainable home will definitely reignite the dream.
13. How To Build A Self-Sustaining Home
Living in a self-sustainable home really seems like a lot of work, but working slowly on one project at a time will get you to where you want in living off the grid. This infographic clearly illustrates all you need to get done for a self-sustainable living.
Check out this video for more ideas for a self-sustaining home:
While these self-sustaining homes are designed amazingly, many of us will turn the idea down simply for the cost and effort it takes to work on or even start the project. I’ll say this again, start small, test the waters, and check the difference with this lifestyle and the previous. Who knows, one of these days you’ll look at these ideas for self-sustaining homes that inspired your own.
Do these designs inspire you to create your own self-sustaining home? Let us know below in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.