My name is Beau and it has been way too long since I last posted here.
I want to share with you all that our homestead adventure is finally starting!!! We have learned over the years of owning our 7 acres in central Texas is really tough without an actual home. hahaha! So this past weekend our home was finally delivered!
It is a small cabin of about 800sqft and we would love to share it with you! Here is our entire day on Youtube:
Please let us know any thoughts you have. Its not perfect of course, but it will soon be our home!
Well we are currently using this big fan...while also catching some mosquitos. But in the end...I think we are just going to keep them in the shade, with a fan, and then....just breed for heat tolerance.
I'd love to share our journey of starting a suburban backyard rabbitry. We were blessed with finding in excellent breeder that knows everything about rabbits for meat, sell, fodder, breeding, care, and how to also do some colony raising. Enjoy the story! We currently can't have "livestock" in our suburbia home...so we are learning the skills of raising rabbits as "pets" and we will be during full scale meat rabbits when we move on to our 7 acre homestead property this fall.
We are building a 7.5 acre homestead in central Texas. I believe our soils are "low acid sand". Does that make sense? Here is an overview of our permaculture design...
I go over the pond around the 10min mark.
I am realizing that I am probably getting impatient with my goals and I would love y'alls expert opinion. Do I need a bentonite clay liner? Or do you think I could use ducks (which I believe I want!!) to seal the pond?
Here is full tour with drone footage of my property for you to get a better look.
1) My name is Beau and we will be moving to our 7.5 acre property in central Texas to start a Homestead! And we are documenting it all on YouTube. I want to share one of my latest videos with y'all where we visited a small Homestead as they are in the early stages. Here is the link:
2) Our visit raised a sort of conflicting and controversial topic about Great Pyrenees LIVESTOCK guardian dogs and how to train them. Meaning that some say you should NOT socialize them with your family and kids as they need to bound with the actual LIVESTOCK. And then this family made some good points in the video that we weren't expecting.
Would y'all be able to give me your opinions? I would love to hear what you think! We want a guard dog...but for us the #1 "animals" we want protected are our 4 children.
These are great replies THANK YOU!!! Our drinking water plan is a coop from the county. So not exactly city water but close I guess. It costs $22k for a well that has to be drilled 900ft (same from 5 quotes). So the plan is to get the city water plus 10-20k gallons of rain water harvesting.
Haha. Yes $8000 for fence posts is expensive. Sorry about the misunderstanding, I was referring to that cost to get electricity company poles back to the back of the property. BUT THANK YOU for the great advise for the electric posts and wire fencing. I will need it!!!
And yes...lots and lots of drones flying around now. I've been flying mine since May of 2016. And just now getting some good use out of it.
Our story is for the suburbia dreamer that has a longing for a better way, a better life, a simpler life but doesn't think they can get out of the rat race and move to the country and homestead. We were they. We changed our mindset and we hustled! Well...we are still hustling even now!! Oh...we also have 3 kids with #4 on the way!! ha ha
Our plan is to convert a shed to a small tiny house cabin for our family of 6!!! YIKES!!! We are also about to launch a 30 videos in 30 days around the New Year. We mostly are sharing our struggles in a fun and creative story telling way. Because we are beginners at raw land development
Glenn Herbert wrote:For bathrooms, your video discussed master bath versus guest (kids') bath; would you ultimately want three bathrooms, or would you want the addition to easily access the current bath? Three bathrooms doesn't even sound like small house to me, never mind tiny
ha ha ha ha!! You are correct...3 bathrooms doesn't sound like small. But hey!! I will have 4 KIDDOS!! lol My wife just keeps wanting more kids.
So the long term plan would be 1st structure (16x50 and two lofts) to house all 6 of us. MORTGAGE FREE!! Then a year later build a 12x14ish guest cottage. If we need this to house our big kids then that'll be great. But I honestly think we will plan something different if we have another kid or once our bigs are teenagers.
LIKE A TRUE TINY HOUSE ON WHEELS!!!
We plan on our property to be an Air BNB of sorts.
Glenn Herbert wrote:Are you thinking of a second building to supplement the first one, or replace it? Assuming you intend to supplement, an obvious first step in interior layout is to plan for how you will expand. It sounds like your climate lets you be outdoors most of the year? If so, you may be able to have neighboring structures joined by a porch. You would want a plan that lets you either have your ultimate master bedroom now and expand for kids' rooms, or let kids expand into current MBR and you build new MBR in the addition.
Oooo! That could be a cool thought, turning our MBR into the kids room down the line. Neat idea!!
--When you say, "It sounds like your climate lets you be outdoors most of the year?" We are in Texas. So June-August is brutal here. Hot. Humid. Terrible. So finding a way to place the structure is top on our list to get as much passive cooling as possible.
PORCH-- YEP! This is our plan to attach the buildings with a covered porch.
Sorry for my lack of info...I should know better. Truly apologize about that.
Location: Central Texas
Land: 7.5 acres
ETA: December 2017 full time homesteading
Plan: Homestead with large garden, rabbits, chickens, pigs.
House: Planning on prefab Derksen portable building for this first structure. It'll be 16x50 = 800sqft. Then we will also have two lofts for kiddos. We only plan on being in this building for 2 years. Like you mentioned, our kids will be much bigger by then!! We will have a 9 year old at that time. Then we plan on have a 360* wrap around covered porch for outdoor cooking and homeschooling.
#1-- We goal is to be debt and MORTGAGE FREE!!! We have complete passive income that we can work from anywhere. So we want to start with this prefab and document us finishing it out. Then on the second building taking on more framing, plumbing, etc.