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I think when your first starting out on a raw piece land set up your tent and move spots around.See what spot appeals to you.build an outhouse and kitchen in a central location.The basic bones of a homestead should be an outhouse kitchen then shower. I have seen this done now 3 times and this system works well for me.
1.Set up tent.
Next comes fencing and garden beds.
If anyones following this thread maybe we could talk about basic tools and or what you have seen or what you have done starting out your homestead.I read a thread similar to this but wanted to add my own twist to this.didnt cover the details will leave it at that.This could be a good guide for someone who's tech savy but not quiet yet backwoods savy.
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Personally I found buying a dilapidated trailer was the way to go. Built in shower, kitchen, bedroom, storage, lights... dig a greywater trench for shower and kitchen drains but do the outhouse of course. Add a 200 dollar solar panel and controller and you have device charging as well. There is upfront expense but when not if the timeframe goes long you are not exposed to harsh elements. We are rebuilding this summer and will be using this template again except maybe this time better financed so a bigger trailer due to kids...
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I bought a small pop up trailer for $800 when we built our cabin.  It was a wonderful dry/warm/comfy place to live out of while constructing.  Afterwards we sold it for $750.
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The current Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a spanner in my works somewhat. Adapting to change is a trait of the survivors so I am formulating a new plan. I have plenty of time to do that because I am stranded in the USA with no way currently of going home to South Africa.

The only structure on my property at the moment is what used to be a stable for horses.
The first order of business will be a rudimentary composting toilet. This will eventually develop into a cozy little light clay straw structure with a shower on one end and the composting loo on the other.  
A large, unenclosed part of the stables needs to be dismantled and the materials repurposed elsewhere.
I have municipal water so next up will be replumbing that for use in what will be the kitchen and shower.
A grey water treatment system will be set up at the same time to deal with that by-product.
Initially, the kitchen will be solely outdoors as there is plenty of work to be done on the stables. This means a cob oven as well as a place to cook over an open fire. As progress on the stables moves along a kitchen will be built inside.
On the stables, the roof needs to be raised and the angle increased. The current flat roof is a terrible idea in an area with this much rainfall.
Solar array needs to be set up as their is no grid power. Our grid is so unreliable that I may forego that option from the outset and go straight for renewables.
Rainwater catchment is also vital in this area which is prone to brutal droughts.
Some windows need to be put into the cinder block walls for light and connection to the outdoors.
The whole thing needs a coat of plaster, inside and out. Aesthetics are important to me for quality of life as well as to showcase the beauty of natural materials.
Raised beds will then be put in on top of some extremely compacted soil. Following that a small orchard will be planted on the western side of the clearing.
In due course a lean-to for vehicles as well as a laundry area will be built on the southern (shaded) end.
Once the stable is liveable, cozy and obtaining multiple yields, I will venture further out and start setting up grander scheme ideas for the homestead as a whole as well as siting an area for the main house.

All exciting things coming up. That's if only I can get home. Anybody have a plane that they're not using?
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When I set up my first homestead, I went for a well first.   I felt there was no need to go further if there was no water.  When water was found, I brought in electricity.  Then I brought in a tent.  That was 1982.  I would now change step 3 to purchasing a smaller used mobile home. When my home was built, I would convert it to a workshop.
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