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Building our cabin on some land in the country took several years to complete. Once we had a roof and some walls, we would visit and spend nights. We found ways to cope. Here are some tips:


  • We ran an electric drop cord from the power pole to inside for lights or plugging in appliances and electric blankets in the colder months.

  • We took three cheap poly perk coffee pots, filled with water, perked just the water for an instant water heater with enough hot water for a basin bath and rinse.

  • In the summer time, we lined up six or seven clean milk jugs with water on the sunny side of the porch, again instant warm water for a bath.

  • We filled a fifty gallon clean plastic black trash can with water, when we returned the next week, we had fifty gallons of nice warm water waiting.

  • We lined the unfinished kitchen with huge boxes, threw a sheet over them and had instant counter tops. We had a coffee pot, electric fry pan, and toaster and were able to cook pretty much anything.

By elee from Palm Coast, FL

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July 24, 20100 found this helpful

Gotta love your good old American ingenuity! You got my vote.

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July 14, 20140 found this helpful

Brings back memories of our old farmhouse that we bought over 28 years ago. It was built in 1806 and only had one woodstove to heat it entirely. Still heat it with only a woodstove.

We'd spend weekends repairing it but preserving it's simple style (not even a dishwasher EVER in this house). Eventually we moved in to it full time. Keeping it simple kept it a real haven from the hectic pace of the world. Enjoy your little cabin~

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July 14, 20140 found this helpful

I think the addition of a woodstove would make your home more independent of the grid. You can boil water, heat, and cook on it. Open the doors for evening ambience. I love your getaway!

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