To start I am currently involved with my friend building and creating an off grid home in southern Tennessee. I have have experience in construction and telecom. What we have accomplished so far is to build a strawbale house. we have begun to cultivate our orchard and garden. I am not lacking in any skills for this sort of lifestyle. I have the skills to plan and build a home very inexpensively. I have gained considerable experience with an off grid home and many of the details needed to create a functional home. My 720 square foot house has cost me $3500 in materials as i did all the labor. I currently live in the home. My estimated costs for completion will be another $3000-$4000.
My problem. I am divorcing. My ex has family in southern Maine and has moved back there with our children. It is beginning to appear that if I want quality contact with my children I will have to spend a lot of time in Maine. I have no support or resources in Maine. My family is from Colorado. My problem is that if I moved to Maine now I would be effectively homeless.
I am looking for help finding a place to live that would be suitable for me and 2 young children when I have them. Without resources in Maine or the surrounding area I cannot effectively plan or prepare for living in Maine and providing my children the kind of experiences I want them to have.
Any Ideas would be helpful. Thank you.
If there's anything I can do to help let me know.
I started this thread a long while ago ( 7 acres in Maine. There's a few other folks doing permaculture stuff in all parts of Maine. Perhaps with a little more info we can help point you in the right direction to make the best of your situation.
Maine is full of opportunities for frugal living. Land is cheap when far from a utility pole (and a lot of it is). There is a culture of self-reliance. And many good breweries. On the other hand, the job market never fully recovered from the crash of EIGHTEEN thirty.
So, what are your resources? Where in Southern Maine is your family?